Chomping at the Bit: Florida Gators Name Team Captains

Joe MorganSenior Analyst IAugust 30, 2010

Senior team captain A.J. Jones has made 108 total tackles in his career as a Gator linebacker.
Senior team captain A.J. Jones has made 108 total tackles in his career as a Gator linebacker.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Chomping at the Bit is Joseph Morgan's weekly take on Florida Gators football. This series will consist of reactions to the current season, as well as any other Gator news.

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Gators Name Team Captains

When the players' votes were tallied, safety Ahmad Black, center Mike Pouncey, defensive ends Justin Trattou and Duke Lemmens, and linebacker A.J. Jones, all seniors, were named the captains of the 2010 Gators.

The selections of Black and Pouncey are no surprise considering they have been a couple of the media's go-to guys for interviews this summer.

As for Trattou and Lemmens, these two are shouldering a lot of responsibility for Florida both on and off the field this season as they try to replace Jermaine Cunningham and Carlos Dunlap as the starting defensive ends.

All five captains were members of the 2008 BCS National Championship-winning squad and while they don't have the star power of players like Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes, they're still a really good group.


Mike Pouncey Will Remain at Center, Named to Preseason Award Watch Lists

According to Anthony Chiang of The Independent Florida Alligator, center Mike Pouncey will start at center Saturday despite speculation that he may switch to right tackle to compensate for injuries to fellow offensive linemen Xavier Nixon (knee) and Matt Patchan (wrist).

I'm glad to see Pouncey remain at the center position because I believe he is both the smartest and most durable guy on the O-line.

With all due respect to the Gators' other options at center, first-year starter John Brantley will benefit from having a player as experienced and as talented as Pouncey snapping him the ball.

Pouncey's value to the Gators at center is also enhanced by his status as a member of the preseason watch lists for the Rimington Trophy (given to the nation's best center) and the Rotary Lombardi Award (given to the nation's best down lineman).

Pouncey will likely succeed no matter which position Urban Meyer decides to have him play, but it would be best for Florida to have him at center.


Gators in the NFL Update: Tebow Throws First Touchdown Pass

Of Tim Tebow's five completions in 10 attempts against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, one was caught by Eric Decker in the end zone for the former Heisman Trophy winner's first NFL touchdown pass.

Despite making steady progress throughout the preseason, Tebow is still prone to dropping his throwing arm too low on some of his passes and he threw an interception that was nearly a "pick-six" against the Steelers.

According to Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald, New England Patriots rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez missed practice Monday and all of last week due to an undisclosed injury, but that hasn't stopped him from getting in his reps.

Rapoport said that Hernandez has worked with quarterback Tom Brady after practice since his injury and hinted that Brady may be helping Hernandez so that he doesn't fall behind while missing practice.

I think Hernandez has a lot of potential to be a top NFL tight end and if he is spending one-on-one time with an elite quarterback like Brady, then he should pick the two-time Super Bowl MVP's brain for as many tips as possible.

Experiences like these with Brady may seem insignificant, but they will surely play an important role in the type of NFL player Hernandez becomes.