Alterraun Verner

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Alterraun Verner
Alterraun Verner.JPG
Verner in the 2013 NFL season.
No. 21     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-12-13) December 13, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth: Orange, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Lakewood (CA) Mayfair
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Debuted in 2010 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 288
Sacks 0.0
Interceptions 11
Forced fumbles 2
Stats at NFL.com

Alterraun Ennis Verner (born December 13, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCLA. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Verner attended Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California, where he played wide receiver, defensive back, linebacker and special teams. As a senior, he made 50 receptions for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns. On defense, he made 56 tackles and four interceptions (one returned for a 102-yard touchdown). Verner earned second-team All-CIF Southern Section honors and was selected to play in Shrine All-Star Game. He played for legendary coach Andrew Slome.

An excellent student, Verner held a 4.17 GPA and achieved a 1740 SAT score. He also served as a peer tutor to his high school football team in the subjects of math and history. Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Verner was listed as the No. 49 cornerback prospect in the nation.[1] He chose UCLA over Boston College, Oregon, and Washington.

College career[edit]

In his true freshman year at UCLA, Verner finished fourth among Bruins with 59 tackles and third on the team with two interceptions, while leading the team with 123 interception yards and two touchdowns. He was named co-Freshman of the Year for the Pac-10 Conference (alongside Jairus Byrd and Taylor Mays), and was selected first-team Freshman All-America by College Football News and Scripps/FWAA, as well as second-team by The Sporting News, Scout.com, and Rivals.com.

As a sophomore, Verner appeared in all 13 games, while starting 10, and ranked fourth on the squad with 75 tackles. He finished with 15 passes broken up and four interceptions. In his junior year, Verner was a starter in all 12 games, and was second on the team in tackles with 73. He was selected to the second-team All-Pac-10 squad chosen by the league's coaches.

In November 2009, he was named one of the twelve semifinalists for the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award.[2]

In his senior year, he started in all 13 games and finished with 72 tackles, 51 solo. He also had 5 interceptions and 158 interception return yards, with one of them resulting in a touchdown. He also had another defensive touchdown as a fumble recovery.

In 2011, Verner returned to UCLA during the NFL off-season to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 189 lb 4.52 s 1.55 s 2.57 s 4.12 s 6.70 s 32 in 9 ft 8 in 11 reps
All values from the NFL Combine[4]

In the 2010 NFL Draft, Verner was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 4th round, 142nd overall and 18th cornerback taken.[5]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On October 10, 2010, Verner had his first career interception against the Dallas Cowboys. It was a screen play thrown by Tony Romo. On October 18, 2010, he picked off Trent Edwards for his second career interception. On December 19, 2010, Verner intercepted Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub for his third pick of his rookie season. Verner played in all 16 games his rookie season, starting 12 of them, and finished with 101 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble.

He was voted to his first Pro Bowl in 2013.[6]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On March 11, 2014, Verner signed a four-year, $26.5 million contract including $14 million guaranteed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cornerbacks 2006". Rivals.com. January 30, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Jim Thorpe Award Names 2009 Semi-Finalists". Jim Thorpe Association. November 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Alterraun Verner's lockout to-do list". Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Alterraun Verner, DS #18 CB, UCLA, retrieved March 14, 2014 
  5. ^ "NFL Draft - 2010 CB Draft Prospects". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ Titans CB Alterraun Verner Voted to Pro Bowl
  7. ^ Alterraun Verner heads to Bucs

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