FOUR BITS: Bruder, Pouncey, Tebow, Herren

By Adam Silverstein
November 1, 2011

1 » The NCAA announced Tuesday that former Florida Gators outfielder Kelsey Bruder will be honored with the NCAA Top VIII Award, a distinction that recognizes student-athletes for “their success on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community.” Bruder and the other recipients will be recognized on Jan. 13 during the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Below is the NCAA’s write-up on Bruder:

Kelsey Bruder helped lead the Gators to four consecutive Women’s College World Series appearances, including two appearances in the national championship series. She was named to the 2011 Women’s College World Series all-tournament team and set a Women’s College World Series record for runs scored. Bruder, who received the 2011 Honda Award for softball, was also the 2011 SEC Player of the Year and a two-time All-American. In 2011, Bruder led the SEC in runs, doubles, slugging percentage, hits and RBI, and she was tied for first in home runs. In all, she set eight SEC records. Bruder completed her collegiate career with 15 school single-season records and nine single-game marks. Bruder was a 2011 Capital One Academic All-America honoree and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times. She participated in Shands Hospital visits, fundraising events and volunteered at an after school program. After her successful 2011 season, Bruder was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft to the USSSA Florida Pride.

2 » Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey injured his neck on Sunday against the New York Giants and was forced to sit out the second half because he felt tingling up and down his body and tests had to be done on the injury before he could return to play. Pouncey underwent a MRI on Monday and it was found that no significant damage occurred, the Sun-Sentinel reports. That being said, Pouncey may still miss next Sunday’s game depending how he feels and how much he is able to do practice-wise this week. Pouncey has been a rookie starter at center in every game his team has played.

[EXPAND Click to expand and read two more BITS in this post.]3 » Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow turned in the worst performance of his NFL career on Sunday, completing 18-of-39 passes for 172 yards with a touchdown and two turnovers (both returned for touchdowns) as his team fell 45-10 to the Detroit Lions. Though it was only Tebow’s second start of the season and fifth of his career (he is now 2-3 with two come-from-behind victories), he has been panned by the media and former players over the last 48 hours. Head coach John Fox said Monday that Tebow will once again start this Sunday but did not provide an endorsement going forward after that game. Perhaps the team running plays better suited to Tebow’s style would allow both him and the Broncos to perform better on the field.

4 » Former NBA point guard Chris Herren will be featured Tuesday in the ESPN Films documentary “Unguarded,” but the Florida basketball team already knows his story. Herren spoke to the Gators basketball team in August about his life’s journey and his problems with addiction, as OGGOA noted on Twitter two months ago. The Gainesville Sun reported Monday that Herren also personally mentored Florida junior forward Erik Murphy over the summer at the request of the player’s father. Murphy, who was arrested in April for allegedly trying to break into a car, was indefinitely suspended from the team at the time but doing his best to settle his legal battle and earn his spot on the roster back. “I told Erik, if that’s the worst mistake that he makes than he’s lived a pretty good life,” Herren told the Sun. “If he can turn this mistake around and use it for a positive, and I think Erik will, he will be great. Erik, I care about as a person more than a basketball player and I think he will handle this and learn from it.[/EXPAND]

One Comment

  1. Tim G says:

    I read ‘Fall River Dreams’ in high school (late 90’s) and it was an awesome book detailing the highs and lows of a high school basketball team and its star player, Chris Herren. I followed Chris’s career because of the book and it seems like he’s finally on the right track and a friend of gator nation.

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