Vernon Hargreaves III missed Florida’s season opener vs. East Carolina with a knee injury and is probable for the team’s second game against Kentucky, according to Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel.

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Florida announced Hargreaves picked up the issue during practice on Sept. 10. Wilson played in 12 games as a true freshman.

Over the past couple of years, Hargreaves has grown into one of Florida’s most important defensive players. He intercepted three passes in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He also led the SEC in pass breakups (13) in 2014.

BIRMINGHAM, AL - JANUARY 03:  Vernon Hargreaves III #1 of the Florida Gators anticipates a play against the East Carolina Pirates during the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field on January 3, 2015 in Birmingham, Alabama.  Florida won the game 28-20.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Hargreaves is the kind of defensive back who indirectly impacts a game when he isn’t directly impacting it. Opposing quarterbacks shy away from throwing toward his side of the field to avoid courting disaster.

Losing Hargreaves is a blow to the Gators secondary and the defense as a whole.

His absence didn’t keep the Gators from beating the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday, but the team will certainly need him when SEC play begins next week against the Kentucky Wildcats.

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