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Gators' star TE Hernandez leaving for NFL

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Florida All-American tight end Aaron Hernandez is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft.

Hernandez made his announcement Wednesday. He is the second Florida underclassman to make the jump to the NFL, joining cornerback Joe Haden. Several more could join them, including defensive end Carlos Dunlap and offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey.

Hernandez had a team-high 68 receptions for 850 yards and five touchdowns this season. He became the first Southeastern Conference player to win the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end.

Hernandez finished his career with 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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