Football Announces 2012 Team Award Winners
April 7, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU football program honored its 2012 senior class at Saturday night's team banquet in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The seniors were recognized for helping TCU usher in its Big 12 era and facility improvements that include the new Amon G. Carter Stadium. The 2012 class posted a 43-9 record, won three consecutive conference championships for the first time in program history and reached a bowl game each season, including a pair of BCS contests and a 2011 Rose Bowl championship.
All 20 of TCU's seniors have either already graduated or are scheduled to earn their degree next month. Josh Boyce and Stansly Maponga, juniors who declared early for the NFL Draft, were also recognized. Boyce completed work on his TCU degree in December.
In voting by his teammates, cornerback Jason Verrett was selected as TCU's Dan Rogers Most Valuable Player. Verrett is the first defensive back to receive the award since cornerback Tony Rand in 1992. Verrett is also the first defensive player to be the Dan Rogers MVP since consensus first-team All-America defensive end Jerry Hughes in 2009.
Verrett was named to five All-America teams with CollegeFootballNews.com tabbing him the nation's top cornerback in 2012.
Verrett topped the Big 12 in interceptions (6) and passes defended (22). He was the only player nationally to rank in the top 10 in both categories, tying for second in passes defended and sixth in interceptions.
Verrett's six picks were the most by a Horned Frog since Jason Goss had eight in 2002. Verrett's 16 pass breakups represent the highest total at TCU since Goss had 24 in 2002.
A native of Fairfield, Calif., Verrett tied for fourth on TCU with 63 tackles, including five for loss. The 63 stops mark the most by a cornerback in Gary Patterson's 12 seasons as TCU's head coach.
Verrett also blocked a West Virginia field-goal attempt in the first overtime that paved the way for TCU to win in double overtime.
Boyce was selected as TCU's Offensive Most Valuable Player. The Copperas Cove, Texas, native set a Horned Frog single-season record with 66 receptions. Boyce leaves TCU as the program's career leader in touchdown catches with 22. He ranks second in receiving yards (2,535) and third in receptions (161). His diving 2-point catch in the second overtime gave the Horned Frogs the 39-38 victory at West Virginia. Boyce's 94-yard touchdown catch and run with 1:28 remaining forced overtime.
Freshman Jaden Oberkrom was named the Special Teams Most Valuable Player. Oberkrom was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, recognizing the nation's top kicker. The honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection set TCU and Big 12 records, while tying an NCAA freshman mark, with his six field goals against Texas Tech. Oberkrom's 108 points ranked first nationally among freshman kickers and second in a single season at TCU. He also set a Horned Frog record with his perfection on most PATs (42) without a miss in a season.
2012 TCU Football Team Award Winners