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 CBSSports.com
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. View the pre-season All-American list here.