TCU Places Two on Jim Thorpe Award Watch List
July 12, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- TCU safety Sam Carter and cornerback Jason Verrett are on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's top defensive back.
TCU is one of just eight schools with more than one player on the watch list. Horned Frog consensus first-team All-America safety Tejay Johnson was a 2010 Jim Thorpe Award finalist.
Verrett, a 2012 All-American, now appears on watch lists for four national awards: Chuck Bednarik Award, Lott Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Jim Thorpe Award.
Carter was an All-Big 12 selection last season. He placed fourth on TCU with 63 tackles, including 6 1/2 for loss with three sacks. He was second on the Horned Frogs with four interceptions and 10 pass breakups.
Carter had two sacks and an interception in a 49-21 victory at Baylor. He totaled a career-best 10 stops in a double-overtime win at West Virginia. His interception in the final 30 seconds at Texas preserved TCU's 20-13 Thanksgiving Night victory.
A junior from Alief, Texas, Carter arrived at TCU as a quarterback.
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.