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Thursday July 12, 2012ESPYs Q & A with Florida's Preston Tucker

Gainesville, Fla.

Photo: ESPN/Capital One Cup

What was it like attending the ESPYs?

"It was a brand new experience. Everything was different and something I haven't done before. I was a little nervous at first, but once it got going it was very exciting seeing a lot of the faces you see on television every day. I did really enjoy every minute of it."

How did it feel to represent the University of Florida at the ceremony?

"It was awesome. When I found out that I was chosen to represent the university, it was obviously an honor with all the great student-athletes we have here. It was a very humbling feeling when I got there. I see all of these athletes and knowing I can represent the university on this kind of level, it was a really good feeling."

What does it mean to you to accept the Capital One Cup on behalf of the men's teams?

"It was pretty awesome. Getting a chance to meet Brandi Chastain and Jennie Finch as well as getting to accept the Capital One Cup, I thought that was really cool. Also getting to meet a couple of the Capital One guys, it really meant a lot to me and I really appreciate Capital One's commitment to college athletics."

How did it feel to help Florida win their second Capital One Cup in its second year of existence?

"It was great. The kind of seasons our teams had, you really have to work hard. It takes all of the athletes really buying into their programs and working together. It obviously showed with the work the student-athletes put up."

What was the experience like walking down the red carpet?

"It was surreal. It is something that I haven't experienced and obviously I was a little bit nervous for it, but once it got going it was a whole lot of fun. Seeing everyone out there and seeing some former Gators. It was all around pretty cool."

Did you get to meet any athletes or celebrities on the red carpet or at the ceremony?

"I got to meet former Gators Joe Haden and David Nelson, but I got to see a lot of (famous) people as well."

How is the event different watching it live than what everyone else sees on television?

"It is a lot more exciting. That was the main thing.  It was always loud, seeing all the people there was pretty cool. It was something different and I was really looking forward to it. I love watching it on television and seeing Rob Riggle hosting it was awesome too."

What does it mean to you to be in the first group of Gator baseball players who reached Omaha for the College World Series in three-straight years?

"I think it shows a lot about how Coach O'Sullivan runs the program, the kind of recruiting he does and the kind of players he picks. They are not only talented but strong mentally. I think it showed that he really did a great job picking the best of the best and for years to come, Florida is going to be one of the top programs in the nation. I am excited to see how they do down the road."

What did you enjoy most about this experience?

"Obviously walking down the red carpet, the whole process was amazing. I actually got to see a couple of Gator fans on the red carpet and I talked to them for a little bit. They flew out here and were as excited as I was.  That was pretty cool to see them out there. The whole event, Capital One bringing me out here, staying in a hotel and really enjoying my first time in L.A."

What was your favorite moment during your senior season at Florida?

"It would have to be going to the College World Series. That would be the first step this team had to take to win a championship.  It is always cool. We won super regionals three years in a row and every year, it got better and better.  Obviously with the kind of games we played and how exciting they were, it really had a great effect on me."

What is next for you now that you have attended the ESPYs?

"I am going back home for however many days I have left of summer. Then I am going out to play professional baseball. It shouldn't be too long (but) I am going to enjoy the next couple of days at home and then get right back into playing ball."

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