Florida's Tucker to accept Capital One Cup


Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:33 p.m.

Former Gator outfielder Preston Tucker will accept the Capital One Cup on behalf of the Florida men's athletics program on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

For the second consecutive year, the Gators will be honored at the ESPY Awards televised by ESPN, during which the Capital One trophy will be presented along with a combined $400,000 to support student-athlete scholarships.

Coming into the spring ranked 18th in the men's Capital One Cup standings, Florida vaulted into first place behind the performances of the outdoor track and field and baseball teams. After winning their first NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the Gators earned 60 points toward the Capital One Cup and overtook the top position. With a sixth-place finish in the final USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Baseball Poll, Florida secured its second-straight Capital One Cup title.

"It is an honor to represent the University of Florida Athletic program at the ESPYs and accept the Capital One Cup on behalf of all of the Gator student-athletes and coaches,” Tucker said. “There is a special bond and camaraderie among all of the athletes and teams, and I'm very proud to be a Florida Gator.”

A second-team choice by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Tucker achieved All-America status for the second consecutive season after hitting .321 with 57 runs, 50 RBIs, 35 walks, 17 doubles and 16 home runs in his final collegiate season. The seventh-round selection of the Houston Astros departs Gainesville as the school's all-time leader in games played (265), games started (259), total bases (596), at bats (1,035), hits (341), RBIs (258) and doubles (70).

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