FOUR BITS: Powell, Yeguete, gymnastics, Prather

By Adam Silverstein
February 18, 2014

1 » Florida Gators linebacker Ronald Powell has been listed as one of the “most controversial prospects” in the 2014 NFL Draft by new NFL Media draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki. “Had his tires pumped since high school — entitlement was an issue as a young player and his personality could rub some people the wrong way,” writes Nawrocki. “Has developmental value as a stand-up rush linebacker, but must dedicate himself to the craft and realize he’s no longer the big man on campus.” points out that Nawrocki is a former Pro Football Weekly senior editor who is notoriously known as the analyst that said Cam Newton had a “fake smile” and considers himself a “straight shooter” by delivering harsh criticisms that may not always be accurate. In the case of Powell, he admitted at times over the last two seasons that he felt entitled as a freshman, but his Florida teammates and coaches have done nothing but rave about him since.

2 » Well-known is the relationship between Gators senior basketball forwards Will Yeguete and Patric Young with four-year-old Kaedyn Ballew, a cancer patient the two met in the hospital last year. Inside Gator Basketball, a weekly show hosted by Mick Hubert with head coach Billy Donovan as a guest, aired this package over the weekend. It takes a closer look at Yeguete’s relationship with Ballew.

3 » No. 1 Florida gymnastics (6-0, 4-0 SEC) ran through the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-4, 1-4 SEC) on Friday 197.525-196.025, sweeping all five events and doing so with gusto. Junior Kytra Hunter also continued a Gators 2014 tradition, registering a perfect 10.0 score for Florida in its fourth-straight meet. The 10.0 was Hunter’s second of the season following a perfecto on floor exercise on Jan. 24. Sophomore Bridget Sloan registered a 10.0 that same evening and added another on balance beam on Feb. 7. Hunter and Sloan are the first and second gymnasts in school history to each score 10.0s in more than one event; only 10 other Gators have done on a single event.

4 » There were a number of great plays made by Florida in its big win Saturday at Kentucky but none was captured better than the big rebound hauled in by senior F Casey Prather late in the second half. Prather was in perfect position between four UK players and went up strong to grab the ball at such a height that no one else had even left the ground yet. Photographer Alex Holt snapped this shot:


  1. Basshole says:

    Good for Yeguete and Young. It’s great to see players do things like that for kids.

  2. one says:

    NFL analysts also said Sharrif dropped in the draft last year because he had “character issues”. It’s all BS and slandering. Nawrocki should be ashamed after what he said about Newton in the draft.

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