Verrett Receives Top Honor from Dave Campbell's
Feb. 1, 2014
CARROLLTON, Texas -- TCU cornerback Jason Verrett has been named the State's Defensive Player of the Year by Dave Campbell's Texas Football while joining Horned Frogs defensive tackle Chucky Hunter and safety Sam Carter on the All-Texas College Team.
Verrett, who was selected to 10 All-America teams in addition to being tabbed the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, was also the State's Defensive Back of the Year by DCTF.
In describing Verrett, DCTF said, "Plain and simple, the best cornerback in the nation."
Verrett joined Hunter on the first-team All-Texas College defense with Carter on the second team. Verrett was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist and Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist.
In his final game as a Horned Frog, Verrett limited Antwan Goodley, Baylor's leading receiver, to just one catch for 12 yards. Verrett also broke up two passes in the process. Earlier in the year, Verrett held Texas Tech's Eric Ward, who had 83 receptions on the season, without a catch for the entire game. Goodley and Ward were two of the Big 12's top-four receivers. When lined up against LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., Verrett allowed just one reception. He totaled seven stops, including a sack, while adding three pass breakups versus LSU.
Despite not many balls being thrown his way this season, Verrett led the Big 12 and tied for sixth nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game (two interceptions, 14 pass breakups). Over the last two seasons, he topped the nation with 38 passes defended (eight interceptions, 30 pass breakups).
A Fairfield, Calif., native, Verrett totaled 39 tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss, with a sack and forced fumble this season.
Hunter led the TCU defensive front with 43 tackles, including six for loss with two sacks. He also forced a fumble. The rising senior from West Monroe, La., totaled a career-high 10 stops against Texas. He also had a six-tackle effort versus LSU.
Carter led TCU with five interceptions while tying for second with four sacks. He had 7 1/2 tackles for loss among his 49 stops which placed sixth on the Horned Frogs. The Alief, Texas, native added two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Carter was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Horned Frogs' 48-17 win over SMU. He totaled five tackles, including 1 1/2 for loss with a sack. He also forced a fumble and had two interceptions, including one returned 66 yards for a touchdown.
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