Gators Vernon Hargreaves and Dante Fowler named Sporting News preseason All-America teams
Gators sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III, a Wharton alum, has been named to the Sporting News preseason All-American first team.
Hargreaves finished second in the SEC in passes defended (1.17 per game) as a freshman and tied for seventh in the league in interceptions (3). His 11 pass breakups equaled the most by a true freshman in school history, matching Janoris Jenkins had in 2008. Hargreaves had an interception in each of his first two collegiate games.
Gators junior DE Dante Fowler, of St. Petersburg, was named to the Sporting News second team. Last season Fowler had 50 tackles, 10.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Fowler and Hargreaves are among 18 SEC players named to the preseason team.
The Gators open the season on Aug. 30, at 7 p.m., vs. Idaho at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.