Hernandez left Florida after his junior year to enter the NFL draft. He graduated from Bristol Central High in Connecticut as the best rated tight end in the country. He chose Florida over the University of Connecticut. As a Gator, Hernandez won a national championship, became the first freshman to start a game since 2004, and led the team in receptions last season (68). He left Florida with the tight end record for receptions in his career with 111.