Hernandez preparing to step into starring role
His confidence in his ability not withstanding, Aaron Hernandez isn't the kind of guy who'll talk incessantly about himself and what he brings to the Gators.
But with some of the main questions surrounding the 2009 Gators centered on who will be Tim Tebow's new go-to receivers, Hernandez can't help but find himself in the spotlight.
The tight end who caught 31 passes for 384 yards last season, is one of Florida's most receivers in spring practice right now. But he insists that doesn't mean the tight end position will be more critical next season than it has been in the past.
"I don't really know (if there will be more passes to tight end),'' he said. "When a play is called, I just go out there and try to get open. When a play is called, hopefully it comes to me. If not, someone else can make a play.''
Hernandez believes his close off-the-field relationship with Tebow will pay dividends on the field.
"Me and Tebow, when we work all summer, we have a great connection so he does look for me a lot,'' he said. "If he throws to me, I'm just going to try to make a play for him.''
Hernandez may not be willing to talk much about his role, but Tebow didn't hesitate when asked about the junior as a main offensive weapon.
"I think he will be, without a doubt, one of our main guys on offense as far as key guy we want to go to,'' Tebow said. "He will be a key contributor. He goes out there, he’s a mis-match for guys, he goes and makes plays. And in those third and fourth down situations, is he one of the guys I’m going to look for? Absolutely.''