Aaron Hernandez, Maurkice Pouncey win national awards; four other Gators shut out
Florida junior TE Aaron Hernandez and center Maurkice Pouncey won national awards Thursday, but unfortunately for the two Gators, they weren't a part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards broadcast on ESPN Thursday night.
Hernandez won the Mackey Award for the nation's top tight end. Pouncey won the Rimington for the nation's best center. Neither of those are part of the nine awards that receive live airtime on the awards show, but the two were recognized at the end of the broadcast.
Pouncey was in attendance at the awards show at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, but Hernandez was not.
"It feels great to win it,'' Pouncey said.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, conerback Joe Haden, punter Chas Henry and linebacker Brandon Spikes were all finalists for awards, but none came away with a trophy.
Tebow and the other Gators in attendance at the awards show said they are still hurting over the 32-13 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game, but fans should be assured they won't fold the tent and collapse in the Sugar Bowl.
"You've got to finish strong,' Tebow said. "It's the last game I'll play in as a Gator and obviously I want to win it very badly and so do the other seniors. We just want to leave the right way.''