Verrett Named Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year
Dec. 11, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- TCU cornerback Jason Verrett has been voted the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the conference's head coaches in addition to being a first-team selection on the All-Big 12 Team.
Horned Frogs safety Sam Carter and defensive tackle Chucky Hunter are second-team picks, while kickoff returner B.J. Catalon, placekicker Jaden Oberkrom and cornerback Kevin White received honorable-mention accolades. Verrett is first-team All-Big 12 for the second straight year, while Carter and Hunter were also second-team selections last season.
Verrett, ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 1 player in the Big 12, was a first-team selection on all five Midseason All-America teams released (ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com, USA Today, Phil Steele). The Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist and Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist has been invited to the Senior Bowl.
Despite not many balls being thrown his way this season, Verrett is second in the Big 12 and tied for seventh nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game (2 interceptions, 14 pass breakups). Since the start of the 2012 season, he tops the nation with 38 passes defended (8 interceptions, 30 pass breakups).
A Fairfield, Calif., native, Verrett totaled 39 tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss, with a sack and forced fumble.
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 junior from Alief, Texas, 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.
Hunter led the TCU defensive front with 43 tackles, including six for loss with two sacks. He also forced a fumble. The junior from West Monroe, La., totaled a career-high 10 stops against Texas. He also had a six-tackle effort versus LSU.
Catalon is ranked second in the Big 12 and 18th nationally with his 26.5-yard average on kickoff returns. He had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against LSU on his first collegiate attempt. It tied for the second-longest return in TCU history, behind only a 105-yard effort by Charles Casper versus Texas in 1933. Catalon's return also set an AT&T Stadium record for a collegiate game.
Oberkrom was 14-of-18 on field goals, including a 13-of-14 mark on attempts inside 50 yards. His career-best 56-yard field goal to give TCU the lead at Kansas State with 2:13 to play tied for the second-longest made kick in school history. It was just one-yard shy of a school record. Oberkrom was perfect on his 37 extra-point attempts, giving him a streak of 79 consecutive makes which ties the TCU career record and is seventh nationally among active placekickers.
White placed second on TCU with three interceptions and eight pass breakups, while his three fumble recoveries led the team. He totaled 40 tackles. The junior from Round Rock, Texas, ranked among the Big 12 leaders with 0.9 passes defended per game. White had a career-best four pass breakups to go with a fumble recovery and four tackles in the season opener with LSU.
Both Verrett and White allowed just one touchdown pass this season.