October 16, 2012
Jason Verrett has Become a Shutdown CB for TCU
Jason Verrett’s first game in a TCU uniform was a rough one. The Frogs opened their 2011 season against Baylor and the Bears offense gave the TCU secondary all they could handle. Verrett was picked on often and part of the reason why TCU gave up 414 yards through the air. Things these days are different though.
Before we focus on the present, let’s take a look back at the past for a minute. The 5”10’, 180 pound cornerback with lighting quick speed from Santa Rosa Junior College in California was ranked by Rivals.com as the sixth best junior college defensive back. Verrett was a first-team all-conference selection in 2010 and recorded five interceptions while returning two kickoffs for touchdowns. He committed to the Frogs in late 2010 and became the 19th commitment to the 2011 class.
Verrett told PurpleMenace.com back in December 2010 that "playing for Coach Patterson is like a dream come true.” “When they offered me, I knew I was going to come into a place of business. I'm really going to have to show my athletic skills and do good academically.” Well, Mr. Verrett has sure held up his end of the bargain.
Since the mid way point in 2011, Jason Verrett has quickly become an elite, shut down cornerback for the Frogs. If you go back to the San Diego State game last season, and including this season, Verrett has totaled 45 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 15 passes defended.
This season Verrett currently leads the Big 12 in passes defended (12) and interceptions (4). He is also tied for third nationally in passes defended and tied for fourth in INT’s. Verrett has recorded an interception in three straight games and his four total on the year already mark the most by a Horned Frog since Marvin White had a team best four in 2006. Did I mention he has amazing dreadlocks as well? What more can I say?
Jason Verrett and the TCU defense have another tall test on their hands this weekend as Texas Tech comes to The Carter. The Red Raiders average over 40 points per game and are fourth in FBS in passing yards per game averaging 369 yards through the air. The Frogs will need another big performance from Verrett and the secondary if they want to emerge victorious on Saturday afternoon.
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