5 questions with Vernon Hargreaves III
Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:31 p.m.
HOOVER, Ala. — Five questions with Florida sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III:
*Coach Will Muschamp will appear across multiple programs and platforms all day Tuesday from ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters.
*UF football team reports for camp Aug. 3, and will hold its first practice Aug. 4.
*First practice open to the public is Aug. 7 (time TBA) at Dizney Lacrosse Stadium.
Q: What expectations did you have for yourself last year?
A: “I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't know how well I was going to adjust to the (college) game. Obviously I came along pretty well, so I just kind of went with it.”
Q: At what point in the season did you feel confident in your play?
A: “Probably my second start against Kentucky. I felt like, 'OK, I'm comfortable now. I know what I can do.' Getting a few interceptions and making a few tackles did that. Also Marcus (Roberson) and Loucheiz (Purifoy) telling me I was good enough to play, as well as my coaches. It just built my confidence.”
Q: Did you think you would get the opportunities you did as a freshman?
A: “I didn't think I would coming in, because I had Marcus and Loucheiz in front of me. But T-Rob (secondary coach Travaris Robinson) told me he was going to give me a chance and I took advantage of it.”
Q: What was the biggest thing you learned from Purifoy and Roberson?
A: “They showed me that you just have to stay focused. You can't really be concerned about the outside world. You're going to get beat and people are going to catch passes on you. You just have to lock in the whole game and play as hard as you can.”
Q: Has your team had any changes in preparation for the season compared to last summer?
A: “There's not much of a change. We know what's at stake and we know what we have to do. We just have to take care of business. We're focused on this year and being the best team we can be.”
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