Widely considered the most talented player on the Florida Gators, junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III is set to miss Saturday’s game against the East Carolina Pirates with an undisclosed leg injury.
The program announced Hargreaves’s injury about a half hour before kickoff, noting that he “tweaked” his leg during Thursday practice. Hargreaves was seen warming up on the field by media members on site at the game.
Hargreaves, a 2014 All-America first team selection, is expected to be a first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft and has been dominant as a coverage corner during his time with the Gators.
Florida not only used Hargreaves on defense but also lined him up as the starting punt returner and a reserve wide receiver in its season opener against New Mexico State last Saturday.
Hargreaves registered an impressive interception (with a 43-yard return) in the game; it was the seventh of his career. He also fumbled a punt return out of bounds and caught a reception for six yards.
Despite his talent, the Gators are unlikely to miss Hargreaves too much on Saturday. Florida’s deep, loaded secondary will allow the team to easily replace Hargreaves on the field.