Originally signed with LSU after being considered one of the top prep cover corners in the state of Louisiana... enters the fall in a second-team position behind Rafael Priest on the right side...
Battled injuries early before playing in the final nine games... totaled a season-best four tackles in the 48-10 win at Air Force (Oct. 22)... had two stops in the 51-3 victory over UNLV (Nov. 12)... also contributed on special teams.
Worked with the TCU scout team while sitting out the season after transferring from Southeastern Louisiana.
Played 11 games for Division I-AA Southeastern Louisiana, registering 51 tackles and three interceptions... also forced a pair of fumbles.
Attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge... did not play as a true freshman.
Talented defensive back who was considered one of the state of Louisiana's top cover corners at John Curtis High School... named to the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen as well as the New Orleans Times-Picayune Blue Chip 15 list in leading John Curtis to its 17th state title... had an interception in the state championship game... first team 4A all-state after recording 86 tackles, 31 pass breakups and nine interceptions as a senior... also named to the all-East Jefferson Parish team and the all-New Orleans Metro team... coached by J.T. Curtis.
Vernon Allen Russell, Jr. was born October 27, 1983... is an arts and sciences pre-major.