The sophomore was named to the 2014 Associated Press All-America Second Team on Tuesday afternoon. Vernon Hargreaves has already been named to both the AP and Coaches’ All-SEC first team, CBS Sports All-America first team and the Walter Camp All-America second team.
Hargreaves finished his sophomore season with two interceptions and 13 pass breakups, tied for 11th nationally. Last season, he had 11 pass breakups, tying the most by a true freshman in school history, previously set by Janoris Jenkins in 2008.
Adding 45 tackles, two tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries, Hargreaves was all over the field and continued to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
When the Florida secondary struggled early in the season, it was rarely Hargreaves. The Gators started the season with Brian Poole at cornerback opposite of Hargreaves, but that didn’t work. Poole eventually went back to the nickel position he dominated in his first two years and settled in. It pushed freshmen Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson into action, and both handled it well. Tabor was named to the SEC All-Freshman team last week.
Hargreaves was counted on to be a leader as a sophomore during the 2014 season, and he did that well. He worked with the younger corners to help them learn the defense and be successful early. In 2015, Hargreaves won’t have to do as much helping with the young players since most of them will have a year of seasoning under their belt.
But there’s no question who the leader in the Florida secondary will be when the Gators start spring practice. After going from AP All-America third team to second team from his freshman to sophomore year, there’s only one thing left for Hargreaves to do.