Hargreaves named Thorpe Award semifinalist

Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is the only freshman of the 15 Thorpe Award semifinalists announced on Monday morning.

The freshman cornerback didn't waste time this season showing how effective he could be. Vernon Hargreaves had three interceptions in his first four games this season, still leading the team with that number. He also leads the Florida defense with seven pass breakups.

He battled an injury during fall camp, but the veterans in the Florida secondary aren't surprised by his success anymore.

"At first, I was surprised," Cody Riggs said. "After the second game, it was just like something that was going to happen. He's a really good player. He's really smart."

Hargreaves was one of three Southeastern Conference defensive backs on the list of semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, joining Ole Miss junior Cody Prewitt and Alabama sophomore Landon Collins, the only sophomore on the list.

It hasn't changed anything. Hargreaves is still the same quiet cornerback that came to campus in the summer.

"He's very humble," Dante Fowler said. "He's a great guy, humble guy. He's one of the types of guys that just wants to keep getting better and better."

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