Nov 9, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (1) defends Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) pass during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators Vernon Hargreaves III Named Defensive Freshman of the Year


Florida’s top recruit for the 2013 signing period continues to pick up post season accolades. Defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III was named the Defensive Freshman of the Year in addition to All-Freshman First Team honors. Defensive end Dante Fowler was also named to the All-Sophomore Second Team and running back Kelvin Taylor was an honorable mention for the All-Freshman Team.

Hargreaves also was named to the 2013 AP and Coaches All-SEC First Teams, the only freshman on either list. He had an outstanding first season in the Orange and Blue, nabbing an interception in three out of his first four games. On the season, he totaled 38 tackles and 11 passes defended, tying Janoris Jenkins for the most pass breakups by a freshman in Florida history. Hargreaves quickly became the Gators best cornerback in a very good secondary. He routinely lined up against the opposing team’s best receiver.

Fowler was a force all season long, constantly putting pressure on the quarterback and getting into the backfield. He was also one of five Gators to start all 12 games this season. Fowler had 50 tackles on the season, including 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also jarred the ball loose, forcing three fumbles and recovering one.

Taylor came on strong after starting RB Matt Jones got injured halfway through the season at LSU. He saw action in 10 games and started four games. On the season, Taylor totaled 111 carries for 508 yards, good for an average of 4.6 yards per carry. He also rushed for four touchdowns and caught five passes for 37 yards. Taylor is, of course, the son of former Gator great and All-American Fred Taylor.

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