Vernon Hargreaves named mid-season All-American

Former New York Jets cornerback and now Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrell Revis was so good in man coverage that the Jets would leave him alone on an island in the secondary, hence the moniker “Revis Island.”

Vernon Hargreaves III may only be a freshman with just six games under his belt, but the cornerback  is creating an island of his own on Florida Field called “Hargreaves Island.”

CBS Sports released their mid-season All-American list today and Hargreaves was the lone Gator to be listed on the first team. Hargreaves has been arguably the best, most consistent player on Florida’s defense in 2013 and he gets better and more comfortable with each passing week.

Not only was Hargreaves the only Gator to be listed on the first team, but he was also the only freshman named to the list that was voted on by staff and writers at

Through six games Hargreaves is leading the team in interceptions (3), has 16 tackles (12 solo) and five pass breakups. He was also moved into the starting Punt returner role on Florida’s depth chart leading up to the game against Missouri.

If his early play is any indication as to how the rest of his career will pan out, this won’t be the last All-American list the freshman will be named to over the next three years.

The PAC-12 led all conferences with 9 players on the All-American first team but the SEC was close behind with six players of their own.

[icon name=”icon-arrow-right”] View the pre-season All-American list here.


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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC