Jalen Tabor named Sporting News All-American

HOOVER, Ala. — The Sporting News named Florida Gators junior cornerback Jalen Tabor a First Team All-American on Monday. Tabor was snubbed by the Thorpe Award, which left the cornerback off of its preseason watch list Monday morning.

Tabor is expected to be a top NFL Draft pick and the best player on a very talented Florida defense. As a sophomore Tabor recorded 40 tackles, four interceptions and 14 pass breakups, with two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

First Team Offense

QB Deshaun Watson – Clemson
RB Leonard Fournette – LSU
RB Christian McCaffrey – Stanford
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster – USC
WR Calvin Ridley – Alabama
TE Jake Butt – Michigan
OT Cam Robinson – Alabama
OT Roderick Johnson – FSU
C Pat Elflein – Ohio State
G Dan Feeney – Indiana
G Ethan Pocic – LSU

First Team Defense

DE Jonathan Allen – Alabama
DE Myles Garrett – Texas A&M
DT Malik McDowell – Michigan State
DT Carlos Watkins – Clemson
LB Ben Boulware – Clemson
LB Raekwon McMillian – Ohio State
LB Malik Jefferson – Texas
CB Jalen Tabor – Florida
CB Desmond King – Iowa
S Jamal Adams – LSU
CB/S Cam Sutton – Tennessee
K Jake Elliott – Memphis
P Hayden Hunt – Colorado State
All Purpose Jabrill Peppers – Michigan

Second Team Offense

QB: J.T. Barrett – Ohio State
RB: Dalvin Cook – Florida State
RB: Samaje Perine – Oklahoma
WR: Gabe Marks – Washington State
WR: Travis Rudolph – Florida State
TE: O.J. Howard – Alabama
T: Zach Banner – USC
T: Connor McDermott – UCLA
C: Dan Voltz – Wisconsin
G: Greg Pyke – Georgia
G: Caleb Patterson – North Carolina

Second Team Defense

DE: Carl Lawson – Auburn
DE: Derek Barnett – Tennessee
DT: Eddie Vanderdoes – UCLA
DT: Dalvin Tomlinson – Alabama
LB: Reuben Foster – Alabama
LB: Kendell Beckwith – LSU
LB: Anthony Walker – Northwestern
CB: Jourdan Lewis – Michigan
CB: Tre’Davious White – LSU
S: Budda Baker – Washington
S: Eddie Jackson – Alabama

Second Team Specialists

K Andy Phillips – Utah
P Cameron Johnston – Ohio State
All- Purpose Adoree’ Jackson – USC

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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