SIX BITS: Golf in fifth, spread, softball, NFL, trivia

By Adam Silverstein
June 3, 2010

1 » After two days of action at the 2010 NCAA Championship in Ooltewah, TN, Florida Gators men’s golf is tied for fifth place with an even par score of 576. Florida is 14 shots off of the leader (Florida State, 562) and will compete in the final round on Thursday.

2 » CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson questions whether or not the Gators will remain successful running the spread offense without former quarterback Tim Tebow (now with the Denver Broncos) at the helm. “I’m still not sure any other spread will work in this conference,” he told Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel. “They cannot have John Brantley getting hit 12-15 times per game. He’s too valuable. […] It was tough for [Tebow] to take the punishment of [the SEC]. This conference is more and more simulating the NFL, with sophisticated defense to put hits on people.”

Four more BITS including a softball preview, updates on Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Spikes and a Florida Gators *trivia* question…after the break!

3 » Set to begin action in the 2010 Women’s College World Series against the No. 5 UCLA Bruins (45-11) at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, OK, No. 4 Florida softball (48-8) is hoping to overcome last season’s championship loss and take home the title. First they must get past UCLA, a school that has won 11 National Championships and is one of the sport’s all-time great programs. You can keep up with the action live on both ESPN and ESPN3.com or by following OGGOA on Twitter. A full game story will be posted at the contest’s conclusion.

4 » Speaking of softball, both senior outfielder Francesca Enea and junior starting pitcher Stephanie Brombacher have been named 2010 National Fastpich Coaches Association/Louisville Slugger All-Americans. The Gators now boast 15 of these honors with Enea winning thrice (second-team 2008, 2009) and Brombacher twice (second-team 2009). Enea broke the Southeastern Conference’s all-time home run record (61) this season, while Brombacher acquired 34 wins – the most in the SEC.

5 » They may only be wearing shorts, but some recent Gators draftees are already garnering high praise from their respective NFL teams. Among them is New England Patriots fourth-round selection, tight end Aaron Hernandez, who “looks like he’s ticketed for a significant role as a rookie,” per The Boston Globe. “The offense rotated a bunch too, but Hernandez was with [Tom] Brady’s group a lot, and seems to be getting a lot of personal attention from the coaches. […] Hernandez looks aware in recognizing coverage, sitting down in zones, and smooth running routes and catching the ball.”

6 » The same column points out that former Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes “is being coached pretty hard to, and with a purpose. Coaches seemed to be working on him as a signal caller.” This should be no surprise to Gators fans as Spikes was the team’s defensive captain for two seasons and has high hopes to eventually earn that role in the NFL, too. “The coaches feel comfortable enough with him, and his progress, to drill him on setting the defensive front.”

Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor giveaway

The good folks at Gillette decided to help us reward OGGOA’s loyal readers by providing us with 20 promo codes for a FREE sample of their BRAND NEW product, the Fusion ProGlide razor! Debuting June 6, it features thinner, finer blades that glide effortlessly through hair for less tug and pull as well as larger lubrication and padding surfaces.

OGGOA will give away it’s final 10 today. However, in order to win, you must shoot an e-mail over to contest@onlygators.com with the correct answer to the trivia question below! We will update this page when 10 correct answers have been received.

If you won Tuesday, you cannot win again.

Q: Before Jermaine Cunningham, Brandon Spikes and Aaron Hernandez were drafted by the New England Patriots in 2010, which two pairs (hint: same year) of University of Florida football players were the last to be selected by the same team in a NFL Draft? (Four names, teams and year required to win.)

Trivia is now closed. Thank you for playing.

Photo Credit: John Biever/Sports Illustrated

8 Comments

  1. BosGator says:

    I’m so glad that Hernandez and Spikes seem to be doing well. It was so frustrating to hear the “draft gurus” criticize the Pats for taking multiple Gators. Several of them said that Spikes and Hernandez were both taken too early!

  2. Kevo110% says:

    Joe Cohen and Ray McDonald 49ers 2007

    Jarvis Moss and Marcus Thomas Broncos 2007

  3. Daniel M. says:

    ‘Tim Tebow (now with the Denver Broncos)”

    HUH? Tebow is now with the Broncos?? I hadn’t heard that.

  4. Evan says:

    Definitely misunderstood the trivia question at first, but just submitted hopefully the right answer. I could use a new razor! Adam, what do you think of this Tebow Tracker that ESPN has on their site?

  5. Kevo – Correct. Unfortunately, you had to e-mail them. But now that we have given away our allotment, I decided to approve your comment.

    Daniel – Including phrases like that helps with search engines finding OGGOA and our articles. That is why I am so specific in writing full names of teams and such on occasion. It is also the reason we have tons of tags under each article. Thanks for the sarcasm.

    Evan- I’m trying to get more razors from Gillette. Don’t like the Tebow Tracker. Not comprehensive enough and not updated enough. I suggest sticking with OGGOA (obviously). Haha.

  6. Kevo110% says:

    my bad 🙁

  7. npgator says:

    Nobody expects Brantley to be a running QB anymore than Chris Leak was.

  8. Mr2Bits says:

    Man, todays went quick

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