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2017 NFL DRAFT

Kenny Vaccaro, FS

School: Texas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Brownwood, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 214 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1611
Career Notes
A four-year defensive back who appeared in 51 career games with 32 starts at safety ... his 26 consecutive starts were tied for first on the defense with Carrington Byndom, and tied for second on the team behind Mason Walters (38) at the end of the 2012 season ... his 264 career tackles were tops among active Texas players at the conclusion of 2012 ... played in the final 47 games of his career ... had seven career double-digit tackle games ... a 2012 first team All-America selection by Pro Football Weekly ... a two-time first team All-Big 12 selection (2011-12) ... named to the 2012 Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Thorpe Award watch lists ... selected to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl ... voted 2012 team captain (along with Alex Okafor) at the end of the regular season ... one of just two seniors (also Okafor) on the 2012 defensive two-deep ... started all 13 games as a senior and led the team with a career-high 107 tackles ... tabbed 2012 preseason first-team All-Big 12 by Athlon, Phil Steele and Lindy's magazines.

Honorable mention choice for 2011 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches) ... started all 13 games as a junior and ranked fourth on the team in tackles (82) and third in pass breakups (8) ... also had eight tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, and seven QB pressures in 2011 ... appeared in all 12 games at safety, including six starts, and on special teams in 2010 ... posted 56 tackles (42 solo), one interception, four TFL, eight PBU, one blocked kick and one forced fumble ... enrolled in January '09 to take part in spring drills ... an all-state performer who played six different positions as a prepster ... played two years at Brownwood H.S. before transferring prior to his senior season.

2012 Season
Started at free safety in all 13 games ... a first team All-America selection by Pro Football Weekly ... honorable mention All-America choice by SI.com ... a first team All-Big 12 selection by the Coaches, San Antonio Express-News, Austin American-Statesman and Dallas Morning News ... a second team all-league choice by the Associated Press ... honorable mention all-conference by ESPN.com ... led the team in tackles (107), third in PBUs (5) and tied for second in forced fumbles (2) ... his tackle total was the most by a Texas DB since Michael Griffin had 126 in 2006 ... had four double-digit tackle games ... had nine games with seven or more tackles ... shared the team's Clyde Littlefield Most Spirited Defensive Player Award with Desmond Jackson and Alex Okafor ... also shared the team's Joseph W. Moore Tenacity Award for Defense with Alex Okafor ... captured the Mike Campbell Defensive MVP and George `Hook' McCullough Team MVP Awards ... shared the Team Captain Award with Alex Okafor ... was a named a game captain in 10 of 12 regular-season games.

Tallied one interception which set up a touchdown, one PBU and six tackles in the season-opener against Wyoming ... posted nine tackles, one PBU and recovered his first career fumble vs. New Mexico ... named the game's defensive MVP by the coaching staff... notched five tackles and one quarterback pressure against Ole Miss ... registered five tackles (three solo), including one TFL, and one interception vs. Oklahoma State ... recorded 11 tackles, including one for a loss, vs. West Virginia ... had nine tackles against Oklahoma ... tallied eight tackles, including one for a loss, and one forced fumble vs. Baylor ... had 11 tackles, including one for a loss, and had one forced fumble against Kansas ... had nine stops vs. Texas Tech ... posted four tackles, one pass breakup and one QB pressure against Iowa State ... posted 11 stops on defense vs. TCU ... matched his career high with 13 tackles, including a career-best 12 solo stops, against Kansas State ... registered seven tackles and a career-high tying two pass breakups in the win over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl ... part of a defense which held the Beavers to 69 total yards in the second half, including minus 4 in the fourth quarter.

2011 Season
Started all 13 games at safety ... chosen to the All-Big 12 first team (Coaches), second team (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and honorable mention (AP) in 2011 and was honorable mention for Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches) ... earned UT's Joseph W. Moore Tenacity Award for Defense ... registered 82 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and two sacks, two interceptions, eight pass breakups and seven pressures on the season ... tied for third on the team in tackles, third in PBUs and tied for fifth in TFLs ... had five or more tackles in all but two games ... helped Texas lead the Big 12 and rank sixth in the nation in rushing defense (96.23 ypg) and 11th in total defense (306.08) ... also ranked 10th in pass efficiency defense (111.0) ... helped the Longhorns hold California to 7 rushing yards and 195 yards of total offense in the Holiday Bowl with his five tackles, a career-high tying two tackles for loss, one sack and two QB pressures ... racked up a career-high 13 tackles (eight solo), one interception, and one pressure at UCLA to garner the team's Defensive Player of the Week ... intercepted a pass to go with three tackles and one pass breakup at Texas A&M.

Tallied nine tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and one pressure against Texas Tech ... reached double digits with 10 tackles and one tackle for loss at Missouri ... recorded seven tackles (five solo) and one PBU in the season-opener against Rice ... had six tackles and a career-high tying two pass breakups against Oklahoma State ... finished with six tackles and one tackle for loss against Kansas State as the defense held the Wildcats to 121 yards of total offense ... notched five tackles (three solo) in win against BYU ... finished with six tackles, including a career-high tying two tackles for loss and one sack, at Iowa State ... had five tackles, including one for a loss, and a career-high tying two pass breakups against Oklahoma ... helped lead the defense to a shut out performance against Kansas, allowing only 46 yards of total offense and minus-2 rushing yards ... recorded five tackles at Baylor.

2010 Season
Appeared in all 12 games at safety, including six starts (two strong safety/four nickel) and on special teams ... posted 56 tackles (42 solo), one interception, four TFL, eight PBU, one blocked kick and one forced fumble ... earned UT's Joseph W. Moore Tenacity Award for Defense and the Frank Denius Most Valuable Special Teams Player ... earned the coaching staff's Hard Hat Award for hardest hitter on one occasion ... helped Texas rank sixth in the nation in total defense (300.2 ypg) and pass defense (161.6 ypg) ... paced Texas with eight tackles (seven solo) at Rice ... garnered the Texas coaching staff's Hard Hat Award for being the hardest hitter against the Owls ... registered one tackle (one solo) and one PBU versus Wyoming.

Recorded four tackles (four solo) and one PBU at Texas Tech ... notched a season-high 11 tackles (eight solo) against UCLA in his first career start ... registered four tackles (one solo) and one PBU versus No. 8 Oklahoma ... logged four tackles (three solo) at No. 5/4 Nebraska ... recorded five tackles (three solo), one PBU and one forced fumble against Iowa State ... tallied two tackles (one solo) and one PBU versus No. 25/24 Baylor ... blocked a punt at Kansas State ... recorded nine tackles (eight solo), one TFL, one interception and a career-high two PBUs against No. 12/11 Oklahoma State ... tallied two tackles (two solo) versus Florida Atlantic ... collected six tackles (four solo), including a career-high two TFLs and one pass breakup against No. 17/18 Texas A&M.

2009 Season
Appeared in 13 games at safety and on special teams ... twice named team's Most Productive Performer on special teams ... helped UT rank 12th nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), third in total defense (251.9 ypg), first in rushing defense (72.4 ypg), 10th in pass efficiency defense (100.5 rating) and 19th in pass defense (179.6 ypg) ... UT also ranked first nationally in INTs (25) and tied for first in forced turnovers (37) ... posted 19 tackles, including nine special-teams tackles, a forced fumble and blocked a punt ... posted a season-high six tackles against ULM ... registered three tackles at Wyoming ... tallied two tackles at Oklahoma State ... posted a tackle versus UCF ... notched five tackles and blocked a punt at Baylor ... recorded one tackle versus Kansas ... registered a tackle and a forced fumble at Texas A&M.
High School
Coached by Steve Freeman at Early H.S. ... an all-state and all-district performer at defensive back ... tallied 235 tackles and five INTs in three seasons ... transferred to Early before his senior season and played three games before a knee injury ended his senior campaign ... notched 15 tackles, an INT and a blocked punt against Copperas Cove, which was ranked No. 1 in the state at the time, as a junior ... voted Brownwood's Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore ... also played basketball for three seasons.
Personal
Born in Brownwood, Texas ... enrolled in the college of education ... majoring in physical culture and sports ... prep honor roll student ... active participant in high school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... uncle, A.J. Johnson, played in the NFL with the Washington Redskins (1989-94), helping Washington to a victory in Super Bowl XXVI, and San Diego Chargers (1995).
 
 
LATEST NEWS
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 24. Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas: Instinctive, athletic and tough, Vaccaro has many of the traits scouts are looking for, though he showed less than ideal speed at the combine (4.63) and isn't a natural ball hawk. He does possess the versatility teams require in today's game, as Vaccaro has starred as an in-the-box run-stuffer, single-high cover safety and even demonstrated the fluidity to handle nickel responsibilities. He carries some character red flags, however, which teams will want to consider. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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