Top 5 All-Time Best Defensive Backs in Florida Gator History

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Nov 2, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Many sports fans have deemed the University of Southern California “Quarterback U” because of the staggering of amount of talented signal-callers that have played there.

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The Miami Hurricanes earned the distinction of “Running Back U” because Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee lead that prestigious class, to name a few.

The University of Florida could very well deserve the moniker of “Defensive back U” even though you might not think that on the surface.

The Gators have had some amazing talent come through Gainesville and what is even more impressive is that it produces consistently.

You know what you’re going to someone special in the Gators’ secondary—kind of like knowing “Game of Thrones” will kill off your favorite character, make you eat dirt while you watch and drink your salty tears, but I digress…

Now whenever it comes to deciding the top-5 defensive backs in Gators history, there are a few barometers that have to be set:

  • This list is in no particular order.
  • The players are judged more on their body of work at UF (while NFL success does matter a bit.)
  • Championship and team success matter!

This was a difficult list to compile so before checking out who made the cut, there were a few best from the rest.

Honorable Mentions: Ahmad Black (Safety), Vernon Hargreaves III (Corner), Janoris Jenkins (Corner), Major Wright (Safety), Lito Sheppard (Corner)

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