Vernon Hargreaves opens up on DBU debate

Florida's All-America corner held his stance in the DBU debate against LSU.

HOOVER, Ala. – As one of the nation’s best cornerbacks, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves has received his fair share of trash talk on the field. But it’s a former LSU player that sticks out in his mind as the best, or harshest, trash talker he’s ever been around.

“I can’t remember any direct quotes, and I probably couldn’t say them even if I did," Hargreaves said. “But Jarvis Landry, he’s definitely the best trash talker. My freshman year...I was kind of nervous walking in there. I knew I could cover Odell Beckham. I knew I could cover Jarvis. I got in to press Jarvis one time on the outside, and he caught the back-shoulder ball on me. Walking back, he just let me have it – an earful. I was like ‘woah.’”

While Hargreaves contends he isn’t a trash talker himself, the junior Tampa native has experienced his own Twitter sparring matches with current LSU players, arguing the Gator’s secondary is the real “DBU."

Hargreaves is one of three SEC players who Monday made the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back. No player from LSU's secondary made the list, though two Tigers have won that trophy in the past.

When asked about the “DBU” debate at SEC Media Days, the 2014 first team All-American remained coy but implied this would be the year Florida cements itself as the best secondary in the country.

“I’m not really big into that – that whole Twitter thing that went down,” Hargreaves said. “If they want 'DBU,' they can have it...If you ask somebody else on their secondary, they might want to fight it. I’m going to let them have it...

“This year is our case. That’s kind of what I like to say because I’m not a big talker. I don’t like to talk about it, but this year we’ll prove it.”

These two teams can settle it on the field Oct. 17 in Tiger Stadium.


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