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Thursday, December 3, 2009
Gators' Hernandez most dangerous tight end

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

The SEC was loaded with great tight ends entering this season.

There was Arkansas' D.J. Williams, LSU's Richard Dickson and Auburn's Tommy Trott. And during the season, Tennessee's Luke Stocker and Alabama's Colin Peek established themselves as big-time receiving threats.

But as we get set to play the SEC championship game on Saturday, I have to agree with one of my colleagues at ESPN, Todd McShay.

Florida's Aaron Hernandez is perhaps the most dangerous tight end in the college game . He could also be one of the deciding factors for the Gators on Saturday against an Alabama defense that will no doubt be paying close attention to Hernandez, who leads the Gators with 54 catches for 654 yards. He also has four touchdown catches.

As McShay points out, Hernandez is one of those tight ends who can help you move the chains, but he also has big-play capability. He's an excellent runner after the catch and is athletic enough to be involved in the option part of the Gators' offense.

They will use him with the shovel pass and will also set up screen passes to him.

And, of course, don't forget about the jump pass when the Gators get near the goal line.