First-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and FOX Sports ... received second-team All-America accolades from a multitude of outlets, including Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, SI.com and USA Today ... the Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the conference's head coaches ... first-team All-Big 12 ... ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 1 player in the Big 12 ... a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist and Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist ... invited to the Senior Bowl ... despite not many balls being thrown his way, he ranked second in the Big 12 and tied for seventh nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game (two interceptions, 14 pass breakups) ... since the start of the 2012 season, he topped the nation with 38 passes defended (eight interceptions, 30 pass breakups) ... in his final game as a Horned Frog, he limited Antwan Goodley, Baylor's leading receiver, to just one catch for 12 yards ... also broke up two passes in the process.Earlier in the season, he held Texas Tech's Eric Ward, who had 72 receptions, without a catch for the entire game ... Goodley and Ward were two of the Big 12's top-five receivers ... when lined up against LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., he allowed just one reception ... totaled a season-best seven stops, including a sack, while adding three pass breakups versus LSU ... recorded 39 tackles on the season, including 3 1/2 for loss, with a sack and forced fumble ... 31 of his 39 tackles were solo stops ... his interceptions came in a three-week span against Kansas and Texas ... had at least one pass breakup in nine of his 11 games with multiple PBUs in four contests ... forced a fumble at Kansas State to go with four tackles ... had a tackle for loss on an Oklahoma State 4th-and-1 at the TCU 17 ... it was part of four stops to go with a pass breakup against the Cowboys ... also had a TFL and PBU at Texas Tech ... broke up two passes with a tackle for loss at Oklahoma.
Started all 13 games ... named a first-team All-American by SI.com, to the Walter Camp All-America Second Team and the AP All-America third team ... selected to the All-Big 12 first team by the league's coaches and the league's media ... had 63 tackles (46 solo, 17 assists), including five tackles for loss ... led the team with six interceptions and 16 pass breakups ... also had the only blocked kick for TCU ... first in the Big 12 with 1.78 passes defended per game, a figure that ranks third nationally ... second in the Big 12 in total interceptions tied for sixth in the NCAA with six picks ... ... only player in the nation ranked in the top 10 in interceptions and passes defended ... posted four tackles in the season opener with Grambling State ... had three solo tackles and career-best four pass breakups in the win at Kansas ... grabbed two interceptions at SMU and had a tackle for loss ... had a pick in the second-straight game with one at Baylor ... also added a pass breakup against the Bears ... ran his streak of consecutive games with an interception to three with one in the game against Texas Tech.Defended four passes in the game with three pass breakups ... also set career highs in solo tackles (9) and total tackles (11), two of which were for loss, in the Texas Tech game ... all four of his tackles at Oklahoma State were solo stops ... made four solo tackles at West Virginia, one of which was behind the line of scrimmage ... snagged his fifth interception of the year against the Mountaineers and returned it 16 yards to set up a TCU touchdown ... blocked a field goal in overtime at West Virginia to force the second overtime, where TCU went on to claim victory ... tallied four tackles (three solo) against Kansas State ... made seven tackles, including five solo, in the Thanksgiving night win at Texas ... also added his sixth interception of the season to go along with a pass breakup ... four of his five tackles in the season finale against Oklahoma were solo and also broke up a pass ... had 12 total tackles in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, including a tackle-for-loss and two pass break-ups.
Honorable-mention All-Mountain West selection ... appeared in all 13 games with 10 starts ... his 58 tackles, which ranked fifth on the team, were the most by a TCU cornerback since 2001 ... registered at least four tackles in eight of the 12 games ... tallied a career-best and team-high nine stops against SMU ... had six-tackle performances against Louisiana-Monroe, Portland State, San Diego State and Wyoming ... all five of his stops against Colorado State were solo stops ... recorded six tackles, including 1 1/2 for loss, and his first career interception at San Diego State.
A two-time all-conference selection as a running back and defensive back ... received Back of the Year honors on offense his junior and senior years.
Parents are Warren and Cynthia Verrett ... majoring in sports broadcasting ... chose TCU over Boise State.
- Chargers hope Verrett is cover corner they need...Verrett, who got his first collegiate interception at Qualcomm Stadium when playing against San Diego State during his sophomore year, started all 11 games last year. He finished with 39 tackles, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed and a sack. Many of those games were against taller receivers. But Telesco was adamant that Verrett measured out well against lanky pass-catchers. "He has played in a big-time conference against a lot of really good receivers and quarterbacks and it was never an issue," Telesco said. "It's the way he plays: his leverage, his vertical jump. It really hasn't been an issue with bigger receivers."
Verrett has heard the detractors before. But it's his approach, he said, that allows him to compensate. "It's just moving my feet and playing a lot smarter," the 178-pound Verrett said. "I played a lot of guys that were 6-2, 6-3 and I didn't really try to get my hands on them too much. But then when the ball was in the air, that was when I tried to get competitive." The speculation is that Verrett is better suited to defend inside receivers. But he said that's not necessarily the case. "I feel like I showed the versatility at the college level that I can play on slot or on the outside," Verrett said. "I just want to carry that over to the next level." - The Sports Xchange