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    Coming off of a Freshman All-SEC and Freshman All-American season, Jalen Tabor is primed to shine in 2015. / Gator Country photo by David Bowie

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Written by Nick de la Torre, June 30, 2015, 0 Comments,
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No position was impacted in 2014 by the freshmen class quite like cornerback was. Today we focus in on Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC cornerback, Jalen Tabor.

2014 Season Stats: 31 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 8 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Tabor originally committed to Arizona at the Under Armour All-American game but flipped the script and enrolled early at Florida. That extra time in the playbook, weight room and in spring camp helped Tabor get an early jump and prepared him to play right away. As a freshman he played in 12 games, including five starts.

Tabor’s 31 tackles led all freshmen and helped him earn Freshman All-American honors from Sporting News. Tabor was also named to the SEC All-Freshman team and was named SEC Co-Freshman of the week after his first start of the season against the Tennessee Volunteers. His first road trip saw Tabor record five tackles, one for a loss, force and recover a fumble.

It was his best game by far, but his highlight of the season was an incredible leaping one-handed interception against Vanderbilt that replayed on Sports Center’s Top-10.

Tabor is a big bodied, long corner. He reads receivers hips very well and can stay with his man. He’s a good press corner who is able to get his hands inside and on the pads of his man, disrupting routes before they even begin. However, Tabor struggled in off-man coverage at times during the year. As a bigger cornerback he doesn’t flip his hips, turn and run with guys as well as some smaller corners can. Tabor is also very good against the run. He breaks down, wraps up running backs and doesn’t shy away from contact in games.

Moving into his sophomore season, much will be expected of him. Tabor found a home across the field from Vernon Hargreaves III last year and this year he appears to be primed to continue starting outside opposite Hargreaves. There is healthy competition at cornerback and Tabor will split reps with several other players but he will have his opportunities to shine.

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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

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No position was impacted in 2014 by the freshmen class quite like cornerback was. Today we focus in on Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC cornerback, Jalen Tabor.

2014 Season Stats: 31 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 8 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Tabor originally committed to Arizona at the Under Armour All-American game but flipped the script and enrolled early at Florida. That extra time in the playbook, weight room and in spring camp helped Tabor get an early jump and prepared him to play right away. As a freshman he played in 12 games, including five starts.

Tabor’s 31 tackles led all freshmen and helped him earn Freshman All-American honors from Sporting News. Tabor was also named to the SEC All-Freshman team and was named SEC Co-Freshman of the week after his first start of the season against the Tennessee Volunteers. His first road trip saw Tabor record five tackles, one for a loss, force and recover a fumble.

It was his best game by far, but his highlight of the season was an incredible leaping one-handed interception against Vanderbilt that replayed on Sports Center’s Top-10.

Tabor is a big bodied, long corner. He reads receivers hips very well and can stay with his man. He’s a good press corner who is able to get his hands inside and on the pads of his man, disrupting routes before they even begin. However, Tabor struggled in off-man coverage at times during the year. As a bigger cornerback he doesn’t flip his hips, turn and run with guys as well as some smaller corners can. Tabor is also very good against the run. He breaks down, wraps up running backs and doesn’t shy away from contact in games.

Moving into his sophomore season, much will be expected of him. Tabor found a home across the field from Vernon Hargreaves III last year and this year he appears to be primed to continue starting outside opposite Hargreaves. There is healthy competition at cornerback and Tabor will split reps with several other players but he will have his opportunities to shine.

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