Verner with the Tennessee Titans in 2013
|No. 42 – Miami Dolphins|
December 13, 1988 |
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||187 lb (85 kg)|
|High school:||Mayfair (Lakewood, CA)|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2017|
Alterraun Ennis Verner (born December 13, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
High school career
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.
Verner also lettered all four seasons in track & field for coach Josh Barker. Prior to high school, Verner won a silver medal in the 1500 metres at the 1997 California State Game, and placed fourth in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 2000 USATF Youth Nationals. As a freshman at Mayfair, he was selected the Team's Most Valuable Performer, and was the league champ in both the 110m and 300m hurdle (45.0) events. As a sophomore, he was the league champ in 4x400 relay, second in 110m high hurdles and high jump (6-2). As a junior, he served as team co-captain, earning Suburban League Academic All-League honors. He was the league champ in the high jump (6-4) and 4 × 100 m relay. As a senior, he had bests of 6-6 (1.98m) in the high jump, 20-10 (6.37m) in the long jump, 10.7 in the 100-meter dash and 39.70 in the 300m hurdles.
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. He chose UCLA over Boston College, Oregon, and Washington.
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 team 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 his senior year, he started in all 13 games and finished with 72 tackles, of which 51 were solo. He also had five interceptions and 158 interception return yards, with one of them resulting in a touchdown. He also had another defensive touchdown as a fumble recovery.
|Ht||Wt||40‑yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20‑ss||3‑cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 10 in
|4.52 s||1.55 s||2.57 s||4.12 s||6.70 s||32 in
|9 ft 8 in
|All values from the NFL Combine|
On October 10, 2010, Verner had his first career interception against the Dallas Cowboys on 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, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.
In 2013, Verner started all 16 games, recording a career-high five interceptions and a league-leading 22 passes defensed. For his performance in 2013, Verner was voted to his first Pro Bowl and was named second-team All-Pro.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On February 23, 2017, Verner was released by the Buccaneers.
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
- "Cornerbacks 2006". Rivals.com. January 30, 2006.
- "Jim Thorpe Award Names 2009 Semi-Finalists". Jim Thorpe Association. November 3, 2009. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012.
- "Alterraun Verner's lockout to-do list". Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- Alterraun Verner, DS #18 CB, UCLA, retrieved March 14, 2014
- "NFL Draft - 2010 CB Draft Prospects". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 7, 2009.
- Titans CB Alterraun Verner Voted to Pro Bowl
- Alterraun Verner heads to Bucs
- Smith, Scott (February 23, 2017). "Buccaneers Release Alterraun Verner". Buccaneers.com.
- Patra, Kevin (July 25, 2017). "Dolphins sign Alterraun Verner, place Koa Misi on IR". NFL.com.
- "Alterraun Verner Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 May 2015.