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Gators' Hernandez bypassing senior year

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Posted Jan. 07, 2010 @ 11:52 a.m. ET
By Matt Feminis

Florida junior TE Aaron Hernandez became the second Gators underclassman to depart Gainesville early, as he announced his intention to declare for the 2010 NFL draft.

Highly recruited out of Connecticut, Hernandez lived up to the hype. After seeing significant playing time as a true freshman, he stepped up in the absence of Cornelius Ingram as a sophomore before winning the Mackey Award (nation's top tight end) this fall. He led the Gators in receptions by hauling in 68 passes for 850 yards (12.5-yard average) and five touchdowns.

Hernandez, who developed a close relationship with Urban Meyer, is an athletic prospect with natural receiving skills and very good athletic ability. He is the first underclassman at his position to make himself eligible for the upcoming draft.

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