Vernon Hargreaves III will be one of the top two cornerbacks in college football in 2015, according to Phil Steele: He's on Steele's preseason All-American first team — again.
The dawn of June means that we're moving ever closer to the
incredible waste of time distilled joy of anticipation that is preseason college football awards season. One of the first such markers of that season annually is magazine publisher and college football sage Steele's collection of All-American and all-conference teams — which was released today.
Hargreaves is Florida's only first-team All-American, but he's so solid in his spot that he's on the first team for the second straight year, something no other player on offense or defense can claim. (The only other player to return from last year's All-American first team is Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo.)
Beyond that, though, things look rather grim for the Gators. The only other All-American Steele sees on Florida's roster is Antonio Morrison, who slots in on the third team at linebacker ... and probably won't suit up for the Gators until late September at the earliest.
Florida doesn't fare much better in Steele's All-SEC projections: Hargreaves — who, again, repeats on the first team, and is one of just three returnees (joining Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson and Mississippi's Robert Nkemdiche) — and Morrison are the Gators' two first-teamers, Jonathan Bullard and Demarcus Robinson pop up as second-teamers, Austin Hardin is Steele's third-team All-SEC kicker, and Brian Poole makes the fourth team as a defensive back.
That's a combined six preseason All-SEC performers ... three less than Florida had in 2014, per Steele — though Steele had both Jeff Driskel and Kelvin Taylor on preseason All-SEC teams in 2014.
Clearly, Florida doesn't seem suffused with top-end talent, at least not right now.