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01/05/17 - Florida CB Tabor entering NFL draft...Florida cornerback Jalen "Teez" Tabor took to The Players Tribune on Thursday to announce his plans to forgo his senior season and declare for the 2017 NFL draft. Tabor is the second member of the Gators' secondary and third teammate this week to announce his intentions to enter the draft. Fellow starting cornerback Quincy Wilson and offensive tackle David Sharpe revealed their plans on Tuesday. Tabor, who is considered the No. 2 cornerback and a top-15 overall pick by NFLDraftScout.com, was named first-team All-SEC in each of his last two seasons. He recorded 33 tackles, a team-high four interceptions and six pass breakups in 12 regular-season games this season.
"I write to you today to say that I'm ready to begin the next chapter in my life. I have decided to forgo my senior year and declare for the NFL draft," Tabor wrote. "But I cannot say goodbye without first saying thank you. I am forever grateful for the University of Florida and every member of the amazing Gator community. Tabor thanked his coaches, teammates, academic advisers and fans in his lengthy letter. Tabor hasn't always made positive headlines, however, as he was suspended for the season opener following a fight with teammate C'yontai Lewis during practice. Tabor also was handed a one-game suspension in 2015 for violating University Athletic Association policy. - The Sports Xchange
01/05/17 - Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor vowed last month to announce any decisions about his future "the right way." A junior from Washington, D.C., Tabor was widely considered one of the top defensive backs in the country this season and likely will be one of the first ones selected in the NFL draft in late April. He had 33 tackles, four interceptions and a sack for the Gators (9-4), who already lost cornerback Quincy Wilson, offensive tackle David Sharpe and linebacker Alex Anzalone to the pros. Defensive tackle Caleb Brantley also is expected to leave school early. Tabor spent much of the season in the spotlight, not always for something positive.
He made headlines over the summer for boldly predicting Florida would hand Tennessee a 12th consecutive loss. The Gators got rolled in Knoxville. He was kicked out of practice for a week and suspended for the season opener after getting into a fight with teammate C'yontai Lewis during practice in August. A few days after the suspension, Tabor posted video on social media of him buying a homeless man shoes and giving him $20. Some questioned Tabor's timing, saying he was merely trying to make up for the fight. He also was suspended one game in 2015 for violating University Athletic Association policy. He openly criticized the UAA on Twitter for its decision and later apologized. He kept a much lower profile after his second suspension, likely realizing more issues would damage his NFL stock and cost him financially. He stayed out of trouble, kept quiet and proved to be Florida's best defensive player. Although opposing quarterbacks rarely threw his way, Tabor broke up six passes and returned one of his four picks for a touchdown. - AP Sports
12/19/16 - 2016 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Jalen Tabor, Florida,...Tabor, who was an AP and Coaches' All-SEC first team selection in 2015, led Florida with four interceptions, including one he returned for a 39-yard touchdown. He also broke up five passes, recovered a fumble and made 32 tackles. - Florida Football
10/16/16 - When Steve Spurrier spoke to No. 18 Florida earlier in the week, he talked about how one player can affect the entire team. The message stuck with Jalen Tabor, who wanted to be - and was - that guy Saturday. Tabor and Quincy Wilson returned interceptions for touchdowns, helping No. 18 Florida beat Missouri 40-14 and move into first place in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. The cornerback tandem provided nearly as many highlights as either offense and seemingly saved the Gators (5-1, 3-1) from a fourth homecoming loss in the last seven years. "Anytime you get a defensive score or a non-offensive score, it's a momentum shift for the whole team," Tabor said. "I felt like I did that for my team today."
Tabor, widely considered a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, squatted on a short pass by Drew Lock and went untouched for a 39-yard score in the second quarter. It was Tabor's second Pick Six in as many years against the Tigers (2-4, 0-3). Not to be outdone, Wilson stepped in front of Sean Culkin on the ensuing possession, picked off Lock's pass and went 78 yards the other way for his first career touchdown. - AP Sports
08/22/16 - While his Florida teammates were preparing to sign autographs for fans, suspended cornerback Jalen Tabor was following through on a promise to buy a homeless man a pair of shoes. Tabor, who was suspended Wednesday along with tight end C'yontai Lewis for fighting in practice, shared video of his quest on app Periscope. Tabor stopped at an abandoned convenience store near campus and gave the man $22 and a pair of blue camouflage Adidas sneakers. Tabor said: "I've got you. Keep doing your thing, man." The man responded: "Thank you, man. God bless." Tabor tweeted Friday that he had "seen a homeless man with no shoes on today, going to go buy him some shoes." A while later, Tabor shared video of the purchase. He completed the endeavor Saturday and told the man: "I'll be back to give you a couple dollars, some more dollars, around a week, every Friday. I got you. Get you some new pair of clothes and all that." Coach Jim McElwain said Friday that Tabor and Lewis will return to the team Thursday. Both were suspended for the Sept. 3 opener against UMass. - AP Sports