June 16, 2009

Countdown to kickoff: #81 Aaron Hernandez

#81 Player/Hometown/High School: Aaron Hernandez Bristol (Conn.) Central

Hgt/Wgt: 6-foot-3, 255-lb Position: Tight end Year: JR
Fall Depth Chart Projection: 1st team tight end

Spring Review: It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that for the most part, especially after David Nelson went down, Hernandez was the go-to guy this past spring. Unlike past practices, he was about as sure-handed as any pass-catcher on the team.

Fall Projection: If he stays healthy, he's a very good bet to lead the team in receptions and maybe even touchdowns this season. The Gators don't utilize him as a traditional tight end, meaning he doesn't just block and catching short passes over the middle. They line him up at various spots, getting him the ball via shovel passes in the option attack as well as allowing him to use his speed to go deep. If healthy, he should have the type of season which would warrant consideration for early entry to the NFL.

Others who wore the number: Dallas Baker (2002-06), Ronald Dowdy (2000-01), Nick Schiralli (1997-99), Jamie Richardson (1995), Travis McGriff (1994), Monty Duncan (1990-92), Geoff Pappas (1988), Clifton Reynolds (1986, 1987), Bob Hoffman (1985), Mark McGriff (1984), Randy Clark (1982-83), Bill Allen (1980), Juan Collins (1978-79), Hank Foldberg (1971-73), Jan Gowland (1970), Britt Skrivanek (1968), Rex Rittgers (1967) and Gary Thomas (1963-65)

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