01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Wide Receivers, Three down...3. Conner Vernon, Duke. It was a close call between Vernon and Kansas State's Chris Harper for the third spot, which frankly shouldn't mean something negative. Both players were good, not great. In the case of Vernon, his best catch Wednesday was out of bounds, and on another play he dropped a pass from Tyler Wilson. He doesn't have much speed or quickness to him, just a set of decent hands (drops aside) on a good-sized body. Harper just seems to have a little more potential. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/10/2013 - Duke's Conner Vernon, the ACC's all-time leader in pass receptions and receiving yardage, has accepted an invitation to play in the 64th annual Senior Bowl. The game is set for 4 p.m. (ET) on January 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and will be televised live by the NFL Network.
In 48 career games at Duke, Vernon caught 283 passes for 3,749 yards and 21 touchdowns and established ACC records for career pass receptions, career receiving yardage, most consecutive games with at least one pass reception (48), most seasons with 50-plus receptions (4) and most seasons with 70-plus receptions (3). On the NCAA's career charts, he ranks 23rd for career catches and 24th for career receiving yards.
The Miami, Fla., native posted 85 receptions for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior captain in 2012 as the Blue Devils played in a bowl game for the first time since 1994. The 85 catches set a Duke single-season record and matched the fifth-highest single-season total in ACC history.
In addition, Duke is the only team nationally with three players with 65-plus receptions on the year. Vernon will become the 21st player from Duke to play in the Senior Bowl and first Blue Devil since Chris Combs participated in the game following the 1999 season. - Duke football
01/03/2013 - In addition to his senior bowl invitation, Duke WR Conner Vernon has also received an invite to the NFL Combine. The Combine, which will be held Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis, only extends invitations to players who have a realistic chance of being drafted. Should Vernon hear his named called during April's NFL draft, he will be the first Duke wide receiver drafted since Clarkston Hines was taken by the Bills in the ninth round of the 1990 draft.
The last players to be drafted directly from Duke was OT Ben Strojny, who was chosen in seventh round by the New York Giants in 2004. Ben Patrick, a tight end for the Arizona Cardinals, played three years at Duke before transferring to Delaware for his final year. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 draft. - Laura Keeley, News & Observer
12/27/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Conner Vernon has been one of the most distinguished players at any position for the Blue Devils and in the ACC. Anything he does in the bowl game will simply add to his all-time numbers, as he's the conference's career leader in receptions with 273 and receiving yards with 3,630.
Seven of his 20 career touchdown catches have come this season and he's a downfield threat as well as willing to take some punishment across the middle. Even with the added attention, he has made 75 catches this season. Finding creases against Cincinnati won't come easy as the Bearcats rank high in pass defense efficiency. - The Sports Xchange
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: WR-Conner Vernon, Duke, 6-1, 195, Sr., Miami, Fla. (14), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team.
Vernon, a senior wide receiver and co-captain from Miami, Fla., earns second team All-ACC accolades for the third consecutive season. Through 12 games, he has caught a team-best and school single-season record 75 passes for 955 yards and seven touchdowns.
Earlier this season, Vernon became the ACC's all-time leader in both pass receptions and receiving yardage and his 47-game career totals stand at 273 catches for 3,630 yards and 20 touchdowns. - Duke football
11/30/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): WR-Conner Vernon, Duke (51)...has been named Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Vernon, a senior wide receiver and co-captain from Miami, Fla., earns second team All-ACC accolades for the third consecutive season. Through 12 games, he has caught a team-best and school single-season record 75 passes for 955 yards and seven touchdowns. Earlier this season, Vernon became the ACC's all-time leader in both pass receptions and receiving yardage and his 47-game career totals stand at 273 catches for 3,630 yards and 20 touchdowns. - Duke football
10/23/2012 - OCT 22 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: WR CONNER VERNON, DUKE...What head coach David Cutcliffe has done for the Duke football program is an impressive feat, leading the Blue Devils (6-2) to their first bowl-eligible season in almost 20 years. And there are still four ACC games left on their schedule, plenty of time to make more noise. Many warrant praise for Duke's revival, including Cutcliffe's coaching staff and quarterback Sean Renfree, but dependable wideout Conner Vernon deserves a lot of credit for his senior leadership. Duke's leading receiver (51 grabs for 749 yards and five scores) has been Mr. Reliable for the Blue Devils, not only this season, but over his entire career. Last week, he set the ACC all-time record for career catches (currently at 249 and counting), recording at least one catch in every contest he's played at the college level (43 games). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/23/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH -- WEEK 8: Keep an eye on: WR Conner Vernon, 6-1, 200, Duke: Why you should watch him: Vernon -- the ACC's career receptions leader (249) -- had six receptions for 124 yards in Duke's dramatic 33-30 win over North Carolina Saturday. As has been the case all year, whenever Duke needed a play, QB Sean Renfree routinely looked in Vernon's direction. Vernon had two third down receptions for 44 yards on the Blue Devils' game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. He is third in the ACC, averaging 93.6 receiving yards per game. Season stats (eight games): 51 receptions, 749 yards, 5 touchdowns. Player ranking: Vernon is ranked No. 169 overall and the No. 20 wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Duke travels to take on Florida State Saturday. If Vernon can have a big game against an elite defense like Florida State's, that would certainly impress pro scouts. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com
10/23/2012 - OCT 22 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: WR CONNER VERNON, DUKE...Vernon lacks elite size (6-1, 200) and speed (estimated 4.53) for the position, but he knows how to get open and is a quarterback's best friend with his reliable hands. He runs sharp, precise routes with very good footwork to create a little separation and snatch the catch away from his frame. There is nothing flashy about his game and he lacks the tools to be a consistent starter in the NFL, but Vernon's competitive attitude and savvy ability to get open and secure the grab could push his draft value into the middle round range. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/06/2012 - Conner Vernon caught two touchdown passes and set the Atlantic Coast Conference record for career receptions and Anthony Boone threw four TD passes in his first start, helping Duke crush Virginia 42-17 on Saturday. With his seven catches for 93 yards on the afternoon, Vernon now has 239 receptions in his career. Vernon surpassed Clemson's Aaron Kelly as the ACC's all-time leader in career receptions when he made a catch for minus-2 yards in the first quarter. The senior also hauled in a 37-yard touchdown on the Blue Devils' second drive, and his 45-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter put Duke up 18 points. Duke starting quarterback Sean Renfree missed the game with an injured right elbow, and Boone threw for 212 yards without an interception in relief. The victory gave Duke (5-1, 2-0) its best start to the season since the 1994 team won its first seven games. After gaining 321 yards of total offense in the first half, Virginia (2-4, 0-2) could only muster five first downs after halftime. - AP Sports
09/10/2012 - WR Conner Vernon holds the longest active streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision with at least one reception in 37 consecutive games. Still, he was held to 49 yards on six catches at Stanford. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/2012 - WEEK 1 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Conner Vernon, Duke, Sr., WR, 6-1, 200, Miami, Fla. In Duke's season-opening 46-26 win over FIU, Vernon caught 10 passes for 180 yards and one 28-yard touchdown. He averaged 18.0 yards per reception with five catches resulting in first downs as he became Duke's all-time leader in pass receptions with 208, eclipsing the previous mark of 207 held by former high school and collegiate teammate Donovan Varner. In the ACC's record book, he moved into fourth place on the career receptions list (208; passed NC State's Jerricho Cotchery, Duke's Donovan Varner & FSU's Peter Warrick on the night) and into 12th place on the career receiving yardage chart (2,855; passed GT's Kerry Watkins, Clemson's Aaron Kelly, WF's Desmond Clark & UNC's Hakeem Nicks on the night). Vernon matched a school career record with his fourth game with 10 or more receptions (Roger Boone), and extended streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 36 games, the nation's longest active streak. - ACC football
07/27/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): WR Conner Vernon, Duke (41), has been selected Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the ACC media. A 6-1, 200-pound wide receiver from Miami, Fla., Vernon enters his senior season in position to break the ACC's all-time receptions and receiving yards records. With 198 career catches for 2,675 yards, Vernon ranks seventh and 16th on the conference's all-time list in those categories, respectively, and needs 35 catches for 843 yards to break those marks. He is just nine receptions and 643 receiving yards short of setting new Duke records in those categories. Vernon is one of two wide receivers on the Preseason All-ACC list, standing alongside Clemson sophomore receiver Sammy Watkins, a 2011 All-America selection. An All-ACC second team selection in 2010 and 2011, Vernon has caught at least 55 passes and posted at least 746 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, including back-to-back 70-catch, 900-yards receiving seasons as a sophomore and junior. TOP FOUR VOTING BY POSITION (OVERALL, NAME, TEAM, VOTES): Wide Receiver: 1. Sammy Watkins, CL, 68...2. Conner Vernon, DU, 41...3. DeAndre Hopkins, CL, 15...4. Erik Highsmith, UNC, 5 - Duke football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Conner Vernon, Duke, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. A senior from Miami, Fla., Vernon is the nation's active leader in pass receptions (198) and receiving yards (2,675) and enters the 2012 season with a streak of 35 consecutive games with at least one catch. Last year, he caught 73 passes for 956 yards and six touchdowns to become the first player in ACC history with multiple seasons of 70-plus receptions. Vernon will open his final season in Durham within reach of the ACC's all-time records for receptions and receiving yards, currently standing 33 catches shy of Clemson's Aaron Kelly's league standard of 232 and 841 yards away from the conference yardage mark of 3,517 held by Florida State's Peter Warrick. - Duke football
06/15/2012 - Top-five Duke prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. WR Conner Vernon (6-1, 195)...Although he isn't well-known name to most college football fans, Vernon is the only returning receiver in the ACC that has led his team in receiving the past two seasons. The Miami-native made a splash the moment he stepped foot on-campus for the Blue Devils, earning Second Team All-ACC honors as a true freshman. Vernon has surpassed the 70-catch plateau each of the past two seasons, finishing just shy of 1,000 yards each year, and has at least one catch in every game of his collegiate career (35 games). He is a bit stiff in his movements and lacks natural explosion to consistently separate, but he shows deceptive, straight-line speed. Vernon does a lot of his damage in the short-half of the field, mastering a lot of underneath routes to turn catches upfield. He plays with very good focus and body control to adjust his body to make tough catches away from his frame. Vernon isn't a top-flight pro prospect, but he is one of the top-25 senior receivers entering the 2012 college footballs eason. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com