Verrett Receives Top Honor from Dave Campbell's
June 17, 2013
CARROLLTON, Texas -- TCU placed eight players on the 2013 Dave Campbell's Texas Football All-Texas College Team with All-America cornerback Jason Verrett tabbed the State's Defensive Player of the Year.
Five members of the Horned Frogs' defense, which led the Big 12 last season and ranked 16th nationally, earned selection on the first or second team.
Joining Verrett, also named the State's Best Defensive Back, as first-team picks were safety Sam Carter and defensive end Devonte Fields. Defensive tackle Chucky Hunter and safety Elisha Olabode were second-team honorees.
Verrett, the San Antonio Express-News 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, was named by CollegeFootballNews.com as the nation's top cornerback.
In voting by his teammates, Verrett was selected as TCU's Dan Rogers Most Valuable Player. He was the first defensive back to receive the award since cornerback Tony Rand in 1992. Verrett was also the first defensive player to be the Dan Rogers MVP since Jerry Hughes in 2009.
Verrett topped the Big 12 in interceptions (six) 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 39-38 in double overtime.