ORLANDO, Fla. – With quick cut in then out, Jehu Chesson left Florida All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III in the dust as he stood wide open for his 31-yard touchdown grab early in the second quarter.
Chesson, who was matched up with Hargreaves throughout the afternoon, finished with five catches for 118 yards to go along with his highlight-reel TD catch, as No. 14 Michigan defeated No. 19 Florida, 41-7, in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Years Day.
“First of all, Jake (Rudock) threw a great ball,” Chesson said of his 31 yard touchdown grab. “It really wasn’t all me. It was 80 percent Jake, 20 percent me.”
Well, Rudock, who was named Citrus Bowl game MVP for effet, gave a different perspective on the play.
“We knew how good they were,” Rudock said. “We knew they breaks on balls well. With that said, they don’t always break on the ball well. We’re very fortunate that our coach made a great call. Coach (Jedd) Fisch brought that call in on a perfect time, when (Hargreaves) jumped, and (Chesson) ran a great route – the rest is history. We were very lucky to get into the end zone.”
However, Chesson was quick to praise Hargreaves, who most experts think will be selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
“Hargreaves, he’s a good corner. I don’t know where he’s going to go in the draft or anything like that. But he definitely should be (drafted), he’s a great corner,” Chesson said. “The way (he has) instincts and passion for the game, it shows. And just to have the opportunity to go out there and compete with him, it’s great. One of my biggest things, I don’t like to put an opponent on a pedestal unit I competed with him. He’s one of those great corners that I’ve played against.”
But today, Chesson walked away with the win.