GAINESVILLE, Fla. — ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit unveiled his preseason “Herbie Awards” on Wednesday and had some high praise for Florida Gators cornerback Jalen “Teez” Tabor.
Herbstreit singled out Tabor as the top cover man in college football in 2016 out of a group of nominees that also included USC’s Adoree’ Jackson, Iowa’s Desmond King, Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis and TCU’s Ranthony Texada.
Tabor, who is suspended for the Gators’ first game after getting into an altercation with a teammate last week, had a breakout sophomore season in 2015 with four interceptions, 18 passes defended and 40 total tackles.
Meanwhile, Florida senior safety Marcus Maye was one of Herbstreit’s nominees for the top enforcer in college football, but he settled on LSU’s Jamal Adams.
Florida fans won’t like another of the analyst’s predictions — he has Alabama over Tennessee in the SEC championship game.
Ryan Young is a Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.