1 » During an interview with the Boomer and Carton Show on WFAN and CBS Sports Radio, New York Jets wide receiver David Nelson was asked about former teammate Aaron Hernandez and whether he ever had an inkling that the former tight end was be capable of going off the rails. “You know, there was definitely some tendencies – I’d be lying to you if I said there wasn’t – but it was a huge surprise,” he said. “It really shocked me. Because this is a guy I saw get into a fight in practice and [he was] crying 15 minutes later because he had just hurt his teammate. So this was a guy who was extremely sensitive, he was extremely vulnerable, but the thing is, he was who he hung out with. So if he was hanging out with somebody he was very influenced.
Nelson corroborated what has been reported elsewhere, that members of the Florida Gators were worried about Hernandez going home to Connecticut and hanging out with his old crowd. He also noted that head coach Urban Meyer purposely put Hernandez around himself and Tim Tebow to help improve his character. “You saw some issues with him in college, but they were minor – some drug stuff and that was about it – but nothing to this extreme,” Nelson added. “So he started to hang out with the wrong crowd, get a lot of fame, a lot of money, start to get that ‘I can do whatever I want’ invincible kind of mentality a lot of NFL guys get. And I think you saw him make a really bad mistake.”
2 » Replacing Pam Oliver as the sideline reporter for the No. 1 NFL team with FOX Sports, former Gators dazzler Erin Andrews will subsequently be removed from college football broadcasts, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. Not only will Andrews be off of college football games, she will also be replaced as host of the Fox College Saturday show. Andrews told OnlyGators.com when she left ESPN for FOX Sports that she was excited about the opportunity to report on professional sports including the NFL and MLB. She has already worked a Super Bowl and two World Series since joining the network.
3 » Florida sophomore forward Savannah Jordan on Thursday was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team ahead of the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in Canada from Aug. 5-24. Jordan is obviously emerging as the next great Gators soccer star, following in the international footsteps of Erika Tymrak, and more prominently, Abby Wambach. Wambach and Tymrak are expected to be on the United States roster for the 2015 Women’s World Cup next year, and Jordan is already making herself known as a serious contender for the 2019 team. Jordan scored 22 goals as a freshman with the Gators and is expected to take another big-time step during her sophomore campaign next season.
4 » A busy week filled with Gators football news and information has put NBA Summer League action on the back burner here on OnlyGators.com. Below is a recap of how all four former Florida basketball players have performed during action in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each player has one game left to play this weekend.
Forward Erik Murphy (Utah Jazz)
7/12 vs. Philadelphia: 0/4 FG, 0/3 3PT, 2/2 FT, 2 PTS, 4 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK in 14 mins.
7/14 vs. Milwaukee: 0/4 FG, 0/1 3PT, 1 REB, 2 AST, 1 BLK in 10 mins.
7/15 vs. Denver (start): 7/13 FG, 1/3 3PT, 2/2 FT, 17 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST, 3 BLK in 22 mins.
7/17: vs. San Antonio: 0/1 FG, 0/1 3PT, 3 REB, 2 AST in 11 mins.
7/18 vs. Portland: 8:30 p.m.
Forward/center Patric Young (New Orleans Hornets)
7/11 vs. NBA D-League Select: 4/9 FG, 3/6 FT, 11 PTS, 13 REB in 19 mins.
7/13 vs. L.A. Lakers (start): 5/6 FG, 10 PTS, 6 REB, 1 BLK in 29 mins.
7/14 vs. San Antonio (start): 3/8 FG, 2/4 FT, 8 PTS, 5 REB, 2 BLK in 31 mins.
7/17 vs. Charlotte (start) 0/2 FT, 4 REB, 1 BLK in 19 mins.
7/18 vs. Minnesota: 10 p.m.
Point guard Scottie Wilbekin (Philadelphia 76ers)
7/12 vs. Utah: 1/3 FG, 0/1 3PT, 2 PTS, 4 AST, 1 REB, 2 STL in 19 mins.
7/14 vs. Cleveland: 0/3 FG, 0/2 3PT, 1/2 FT, 1 PTS, 4 AST, 1 REB in 20 mins.
7/15 vs. Phoenix: 5/11 FG, 0/3 3PT, 10 PTS, 1 REB, 2 STL in 22 mins.
7/16 vs. L.A. Lakers: 1/4 FG, 0/2 3PT, 2 PTS, 3 AST, 3 REB, 1 STL in 20 mins.
7/17 vs. Chicago: 1/9 FG, 0/5 3PT, 2 PTS, 1 AST, 3 REB, 1 STL in 22 mins.
7/18 vs. NBA D-League Select: 8 p.m.
Forward Casey Prather (Atlanta Hawks)
7/12 vs. Washington: Did Not Play
7/13 vs. NBA D-League Select: 2/4 FG, 4 PTS, 1 REB, 2 STL, 1 BLK in 20 mins.
7/15 vs. Portland: 1/3 FG, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK in 19 mins.
7/16 vs. Golden State (start): 1/5 FG, 0/1 3PT, 1/2 FT, 3 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL in 20 mins.
7/17 vs. Portland (start): 2/4 FG, 4 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST in 18 mins.
7/19 vs. Houston: 6 p.m.