Thursday Morning Gator Links

● The Seahawks may be looking to get a steal of the draft in one of the later rounds, and a familiar name may be on their list of possible candidates.

WR Dallas Baker, Florida: The leading receiver for the national champion Gators is too old (25) and slow to be considered a first-round pick.

It's more likely that the Seahawks will use their second-round pick on a player who doesn't bring much name recognition. But that doesn't necessarily mean he can't be a future star.

"There are guys in the second, third and fourth round that we're very excited about," (Seahawks President Tim) Ruskell said.

● Speaking of the upcoming NFL Draft, another name that has come up among rumors has been that of safety Reggie Nelson, the Gators hard-hitting Biletnikoff Finalist from a season ago.  Where will he end up?  Some sources say the Jaguars are looking strongly at him.
"We have [paid] a lot of attention to him [Nelson] because he's right down the road here," Smith said. "I don't think there are any questions he has playmaking ability."

Although selecting Nelson might not directly sell tickets, he likely would energize the fan base because the Jaguars haven't made any dramatic moves in the offseason. That could help because the Jaguars still have 6,500 non-premium and 1,500 club seats left to sell and lost three glamour teams - the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots - from last season's home schedule.

I would love to see "The Eraser" stay in the Sunshine State; I'd be able to watch him every week here in Gainesville on CBS if he were to play in Jacksonville.  Plus I think he'd be a good fit on that speedy, hard-hitting Jags' defense.

● If you didn't hear about it, five unnamed "football players" were accused of attacking a UF student and attempting to steal a keg at an off-campus party.

Five UF football players were involved in a confrontation at a weekend party, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

The players, identified on the scene as scholarship football athletes by a UF student, were involved in a robbery at a party at Cabana Beach Apartments on Saturday.

The players have not been named by police, and UF coach Urban Meyer has yet to confirm that they are football players, the report states.

Anyways, today the charges were dropped.
Accusations that a UF football player attacked a university student were withdrawn Tuesday, closing the investigation concerning a party at Cabana Beach Apartments on Saturday, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

What a strange turn of events.  If this story was indeed true, we should definitely be hearing names -- so we can kick these alleged thugs off the team.  Who knows what got swept under the rug and what didn't.

● Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford and Joakim Noah -- the 04's -- will be making their first autograph appearance as a group this Saturday in Jacksonville.

...will make their first-ever autograph appearance together this Saturday at Palm Beach Autographs at The Avenues Mall in Jacksonville from 3-5pm.

Autograph tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (904) 464-0052, online at Palm Beach Autographs (, at its new location across from Football Fanatics.

I'm sure there will be a packed house full of Gator basketball fans for this.  With what's speculated to be three of the four getting picked in the first-round of next season's NBA Draft, this would be a great group to get a signature from before they split off to seperate teams.

Go Gators!

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