Florida Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III was injured during practice on Thursday night after a set of tackling drills turned into a skirmish between wide receivers and defensive backs. Hargreaves fell to the turf with an apparent leg injury after all players were separated, and had to be helped off the field to a training tent.
247Sport’s Thomas Goldkamp, reporting from UF’s first open practice of the season, describes the skirmish as follows:
While it’s unclear exactly how Hargreaves was injured, the drill quickly became chippy. Freshman Duke Dawson came up waving his arms at an offensive player after one rep. Minutes later, a hard tackle by a defensive player led to a group of players congregating, and the situation quickly escalated. About 25 to 30 players, made up of the entire defensive backs and wide receivers units going through the drill, formed a large cluster, which moved from where the drill started some 20 yards toward the near sideline as players, coaches and trainers attempted to break things up.
Hargreaves came limping out of the cluster, which was near the 20-yard line, and gingerly moved toward the 35-yard line, where he hit the ground.
Hargreaves did not return to the field for the rest of the night. However, as noted by Alligator Army, he was able to stand under his own power.
VH3 now standing. This is a real tweet I am sending.
— Alligator Army (@AlligatorArmy) August 8, 2014
Will Muschamp is scheduled to speak with the media on Friday, where he will presumably have more information on the extent of the injury.
Hargreaves was recently ranked by ESPN as the fourth best player in the SEC, and 13th best in all of college football. As a true freshman in 2013, the prized recruit out of Tampa led Florida in interceptions (3) and passes defended (11), while also recording 26 solo tackles. He is the only returning starter in Florida’s defensive backfield.