Saturday, January 2, 2010
Haden delays disclosure until next week
NEW ORLEANS -- Florida cornerback Joe Haden already has made a decision about his senior season.
Haden declined to reveal his intentions after his team's 51-24 victory over Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl on Friday night, saying he plans to make an announcement next week.
"I know what I'm going to do," Haden said.
It probably won't be good news for the fifth-ranked Gators.
Haden is widely considered college football's top cornerback and played all season with the most disability insurance he could get from the NCAA. Haden could be part of a mass exodus at Florida that would leave the program's depth chart as unsettled as its coaching staff.
"That's all part of a great program," said offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, who will fill in for coach Urban Meyer during his indefinite leave of absence. "With a great program, there's going to be some change."
Florida's changes could be significant.
The Gators are losing several seniors, including quarterback Tim Tebow, receiver Riley Cooper, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, kick returner Brandon James and linebackers Brandon Spikes, Ryan Stamper and Dustin Doe. The departure of some underclassmen could be even more devastating.
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap, tight end Aaron Hernandez, running back Chris Rainey, safeties Ahmad Black and Major Wright, and offensive linemen Mike Pouncey, Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert submitted paperwork to see where they project in the NFL draft.
Haden, Dunlap, Hernandez and the Pouncey twins are considered the most likely to turn pro.
"We'll wait until after the game, maybe a couple days," Maurkice Pouncey said.
Guard Carl Johnson made his intentions known after the game.
"I love this place," Johnson said. "I need one more. My fingers are getting lonely. These two fingers have no friends yet."