Tabor, Gators prepare for memorable finish

Florida Gators defensive back Teez Tabor (31) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers during the first half on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Gainesville. Matt Stamey/Correspondent

While he’s yet to publicly announce a decision, Teez Tabor will more than likely play his final game for the Gators on Jan. 2.

Who: No. 20 Florida (8-4) vs. No. 21 Iowa (8-4)

When: 1 p.m. Jan. 2

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

TV: ABC

Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850

After finishing the season with 32 tackles, four interceptions and a sack, the junior defensive back is predicted to go in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.

With millions of dollars in his near future, Tabor’s UF exit seems like a foregone conclusion, but the Washington, D.C. native said his mind isn’t made up.

“I’m going to go back home for Christmas, talk with my family and then make a decision,” Tabor said, adding he’s seen the mock drafts putting him in the first round. “I hope that’s the way it goes. The people who really decide that are the GMs and owners and stuff like that."

Considering the hype he had coming into the season, along with his NFL potential, Tabor hasn’t received the recognition his play warrants, although Tabor was recognized as an All-SEC and All-American performer.

Neither Tabor nor fellow junior defensive back Quincy Wilson made the list of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football.

Considering the pair’s play throughout the season for Florida’s sixth-ranked defense, the omission had snub written all over. "It’s a senior award anyway," Tabor said.But when Tabor evaluates his play throughout the season, he doesn’t think statistics tell the full story. Unfortunately, this article is either no longer in our system or is in a different location.To find additional or related content, you can check out latest articles or use our site search function above.Thank you.