SIX BITS: NFL Draft, Tebow, PIT, Murphy, Brewer

By Adam Silverstein
April 11, 2013

1 » The attendees for the 2013 NFL Draft were officially announced on Wednesday and right at the top of the list was Florida Gators defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. A guaranteed first-round pick who is expected to go somewhere in the top five overall, Floyd will be sitting at a table at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY waiting for league commissioner Roger Goodell to call his name on Thursday, April 25. Now all that is left to wonder is which team selects Floyd and whether or not he will give Goodell a bear hug after joining him on stage.

2 » Former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is set to be recognized by Florida Governor Rick Scott with the Great Floridian Award, the state announced on Wednesday. The ceremony, which will be held on Friday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verda Beach, FL, recognizes “outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.” Previous honorees include politicians, business leaders, veterans, Supreme Court Justices and philanthropists, among others. Tebow will join the 66 current “Great Floridians” and be honored alongside names like head coach Bobby Bowden, Governor Jeb Bush, inventor Thomas Edison, Stephen C. O’Connell and businessman Ben Hill Griffin, Jr.

3 » Competing in the first day of the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, former Gators guard Kenny Boynton finished his opening round game 2-for-6 (1-for-4 from three) with seven points, seven rebounds, six assists, a steal and just one turnover in 20 minutes. Boynton came off the bench for Mike Duman Auto Sales, which fell 90-89 to Portsmouth Partnership. His team plays again on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. Former Florida G Mike Rosario, playing for the Portsmouth Sports Club, takes the court for the first time on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Read three more BITS of Florida Gators news…after the break!

4 » A huge NFL player workout was held on Wednesday at Duke with quarterbacking brothers Peyton Manning (Denver) and Eli Manning (New York Giants) leading the charge, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Joining the two signal callers were three receivers from each of their respective teams including Louis Murphy, who recently signed a one-year deal with the Giants. New York sees Murphy as someone who can stretch the field and help open up passing lanes for his teammates.

5 » New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez inked his first major endorsement deal this week when it was announced that he would be a spokesman for Puma. Hernandez is already featured on the company’s website and online advertisements but will also be seen in print media soon. On Wednesday, the Boston Herald caught up with Hernandez to discuss the upcoming 2013 season and whether or not he was concerned about the Patriots’ offense going forward. “As long as you have Tom Brady, no matter who is around him, it’s going to be a great offense,” he said. “We have a lot of weapons now … I’m excited for this new season.”

6 » For the second time in his five-year NBA career, Denver Nuggets forward Corey Brewer has scored 20+ points in three-straight games. After posting 23 points in his team’s 95-94 victory over Dallas last Thursday, Brewer followed up that performance with 22 points in a 132-114 win against Houston on Saturday. On Wednesday, Brewer came one point short of matching his career-high, posting 28 points on 12-of-25 shooting (2-of-5 from three) in a 98-86 win over San Antonio. With Danilo Gallinari out, Brewer is being counted on to step up and play major minutes (35, 29 and 34, respectively in the last three games). He is thriving in Denver under head coach George Karl and looks to be a completely different player these days.

4 Comments

  1. SC_Gator says:

    Spiderman!

    So good to see Corey finally find his feet. He struggled so much his first few years that I wasn’t sure it would ever happen.

  2. Matt Burris says:

    Nice pun on Hernandez INKING a deal. As for Corey Brewer, I agree, it is very nice to see him racking up successes in the NBA. He’s such a talented player and his versatility on the court is incredible.

  3. Michael Jones says:

    Love Corey Brewer. Thrilled to see him doing well.

    Hopefully Goodell will chill this year with some of those awkwardly long, bizarrely intense, and uncomfortable-to-watch bear hugs.

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