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Alterraun Verner
CB #20
Height:
5-10
Weight:
187
College:
UCLA
Experience:
4

Biography

PRO: Alterraun Verner is in his fourth season in the Titans secondary. He is a versatile and vital cog in the defensive backfield, able to play outside in base defense and move inside in nickel and dime packages.  The ball-hawking cornerback joined the team in 2010 as a fourth-round draft choice from UCLA.  He was a quick study as a rookie, and by Week 4, he was inserted into the starting lineup.  In 2011, he played in every game for the second consecutive season and notched three starts.  In 2012, he recorded starts in all 16 games for the first time in his career.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2012, Verner was a 16-game starter for the first time in his career.  He led the squad with seven tackles for loss and ranked second with 10 passes defensed.  His statistics also included 78 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and six stops on special teams.
•    Against Detroit on Sept. 23, 2012, he recorded his first NFL touchdown after stripping the ball from Brandon Pettigrew and taking it 72 yards for a key score late in the fourth quarter.
•    In 2011, Verner played in all 16 games and totaled 50 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception, six passes defensed and four stops on special teams.
•    In Verner’s rookie season, he led the team with 15 passes defensed, finished second on the squad with three interceptions, and placed fourth on the club with 103 tackles.  He became the 12th rookie in franchise history to notch three or more interceptions.
•    He posted his first career interception at Dallas on Oct. 10, 2010, snaring a deflected Tony Romo pass and racing to the Cowboys’ one-yard line.
•     As a senior at UCLA, Verner was named third-team All-American after finishing fifth on the team with 65 tackles and second in the Pac-10 with five interceptions.  

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    During the 2012 offseason, Verner picked up golf as a hobby and began taking individual lessons.
•    In 2011, Verner held his first annual youth football camp at Mayfair (Lakewood, Calif.) High School.  In 2012, his fiancée at the time (now his wife), Sina’e Ward, helped him host a cheerleading camp that coincided with the football camp.   
•    During the 2011 offseason, Verner returned to UCLA to complete his degree in mathematics/applied sciences.
•    As a senior at UCLA, the school asked him to be featured in a commerical highlighting the school’s math program and student-athletes.  He was the first current student-athlete ever to do a UCLA moment commerical.  Other UCLA greats to be featured in the series include NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban.
•    Verner did an internship with California Bank and Trust during the summer of his junior year at UCLA.  He surveyed various positions and learned the inner workings of the financial institution.
•     Verner served as a peer tutor to his high school football team in the subjects of math and history.  He also served as a motivational speaker to city youth teams on the importance of staying in school.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Carson, Calif., native was selected by the Titans in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    In four seasons at UCLA (2006-09), Verner started 35 of 50 games and recorded 272 tackles with 11.0 stops for losses of 19 yards and three forced
fumbles.  He tied for seventh in school history with 13 interceptions during his career, with his five interceptions during his senior year representing the most by a Bruin in a season since 1997.  He also holds the school career-record with four interception returns for touchdowns.
•     As a senior (2009), started all 12 games for the second consecutive season and ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles, including three stops for losses of four yards.  The team captain finished second in the Pac-10 with five interceptions for 158 yards in returns (31.6 avg).  Named third-team All-American by the AP and The NFL Draft Report and added All-Pac 10 first-team and Academic All-Pac 10 second-team honors.  Was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy and was a member of the Watch List for the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards.
•     As a junior (2008), started all 12 games and finished second on the team with 73 tackles that included 2.5 stops for losses of eight yards and a
forced fumble.  Intercepted two passes and posted a league-high 18 pass deflections.  Led the nation in passes defended, averaging 1.67 per game.  Earned second-team All-Pac 10 honors from the league’s coaches and was a first-team Academic All-Pac 10 choice.
•     As a sophomore (2007), started 10 of the 13 games he appeared in and recorded 75 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team.  Also posted three stops for losses of four yards and also caused a fumble.  Led the Bruins with 15 passes defensed and intercepted four other passes for 76 yards (19.0 avg) in returns.  Returned four punts for a total of nine yards (2.2 avg).  Named Academic All-District VIII and Academic All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice and added All-Pac 10 honorable mention
from the league’s coaches.
•    As a freshman (2006), appeared in all 13 games as the team’s nickel back and top reserve at cornerback.  Finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles that included 1.5 stops for losses of two yards, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he advanced 18 yards.  Also deflected six passes and became the first freshman and sixth overall player in school history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same season.  Named a Freshman All-American first-team pick by College Football News.com and Scripps/FWAA, adding second-team honors from The Sporting News, Scout.com and Rivals.com.  Was chosen the Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches and was co-winner of UCLA’s John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award, given to the Bruins’ Rookie of the Year.
•    Received a degree in mathematics/applied sciences from UCLA in 2011.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Sina’e and splits time between Nashville and Carson, Calif.
•    Attended Mayfair High School (Lakewood, Calif.) and led his team to a 10-2 record during his senior season.  Caught 50 passes for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns, recorded 56 tackles with four interceptions, including one that he returned 102 yards for a touchdown.  Also gained 407 yards with a touchdown on seven kickoff returns and 100 yards on four punt returns.
•    During his junior season, he was an All-CIF SS Division VI first-team choice on offense by pulling down 32 passes for 705 yards with 11 touchdowns.
•    Earned Academic All-Suburban League honors as sophomore.  Posted 15 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown and was credited with 25 tackles on defense.
•     Lettered four times in track and field, as he competed in the high jump, pole vault, 100m, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400 relay, 110m hurdles, 300m intermediate hurdles, long jump, 800m run and 4x200m relay events.  Earned team Most Valuable Performer honors as a freshman.  Served as track team co-captain as a sophomore and junior, winning the league titles in the high jump, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.
•    Was a four-time school Honor Roll and three-time Academic All-Pac 10 selection, compiling a 3.08 grade point average in Mathematics/Applied Sciences at UCLA.  Added Scholar-Athlete honors after attaining a 4.17 grade point average in high school.
•    Follow Verner on Twitter at @Alvern_1.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Back to the Future”; (TV show) “Dragonball-Z”; (actor) Denzel Washington/Shia LeBoef; (music artist) Eminem, Lil’ Wayne; (school subject) Math, physics, chemistry; (books) Harry Potter books and Dan Brown books; (food) “Anything my dad cooks”; (sports hero) Jerry Rice; and (sports teams as a child) L.A. Lakers, San Francisco 49ers or “wherever Jerry Rice was.”
•    Born Alterraun Ennis Verner on Dec. 13, 1988 in Orange, Calif.

PRO: Alterraun Verner is in his fourth season in the Titans secondary. He is a versatile and vital cog in the defensive backfield, able to play outside in base defense and move inside in nickel and dime packages.  The ball-hawking cornerback joined the team in 2010 as a fourth-round draft choice from UCLA.  He was a quick study as a rookie, and by Week 4, he was inserted into the starting lineup.  In 2011, he played in every game for the second consecutive season and notched three starts.  In 2012, he recorded starts in all 16 games for the first time in his career.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2012, Verner was a 16-game starter for the first time in his career.  He led the squad with seven tackles for loss and ranked second with 10 passes defensed.  His statistics also included 78 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and six stops on special teams.
•    Against Detroit on Sept. 23, 2012, he recorded his first NFL touchdown after stripping the ball from Brandon Pettigrew and taking it 72 yards for a key score late in the fourth quarter.
•    In 2011, Verner played in all 16 games and totaled 50 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception, six passes defensed and four stops on special teams.
•    In Verner’s rookie season, he led the team with 15 passes defensed, finished second on the squad with three interceptions, and placed fourth on the club with 103 tackles.  He became the 12th rookie in franchise history to notch three or more interceptions.
•    He posted his first career interception at Dallas on Oct. 10, 2010, snaring a deflected Tony Romo pass and racing to the Cowboys’ one-yard line.
•     As a senior at UCLA, Verner was named third-team All-American after finishing fifth on the team with 65 tackles and second in the Pac-10 with five interceptions.  

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    During the 2012 offseason, Verner picked up golf as a hobby and began taking individual lessons.
•    In 2011, Verner held his first annual youth football camp at Mayfair (Lakewood, Calif.) High School.  In 2012, his fiancée at the time (now his wife), Sina’e Ward, helped him host a cheerleading camp that coincided with the football camp.   
•    During the 2011 offseason, Verner returned to UCLA to complete his degree in mathematics/applied sciences.
•    As a senior at UCLA, the school asked him to be featured in a commerical highlighting the school’s math program and student-athletes.  He was the first current student-athlete ever to do a UCLA moment commerical.  Other UCLA greats to be featured in the series include NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban.
•    Verner did an internship with California Bank and Trust during the summer of his junior year at UCLA.  He surveyed various positions and learned the inner workings of the financial institution.
•     Verner served as a peer tutor to his high school football team in the subjects of math and history.  He also served as a motivational speaker to city youth teams on the importance of staying in school.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Carson, Calif., native was selected by the Titans in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    In four seasons at UCLA (2006-09), Verner started 35 of 50 games and recorded 272 tackles with 11.0 stops for losses of 19 yards and three forced
fumbles.  He tied for seventh in school history with 13 interceptions during his career, with his five interceptions during his senior year representing the most by a Bruin in a season since 1997.  He also holds the school career-record with four interception returns for touchdowns.
•     As a senior (2009), started all 12 games for the second consecutive season and ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles, including three stops for losses of four yards.  The team captain finished second in the Pac-10 with five interceptions for 158 yards in returns (31.6 avg).  Named third-team All-American by the AP and The NFL Draft Report and added All-Pac 10 first-team and Academic All-Pac 10 second-team honors.  Was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy and was a member of the Watch List for the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards.
•     As a junior (2008), started all 12 games and finished second on the team with 73 tackles that included 2.5 stops for losses of eight yards and a
forced fumble.  Intercepted two passes and posted a league-high 18 pass deflections.  Led the nation in passes defended, averaging 1.67 per game.  Earned second-team All-Pac 10 honors from the league’s coaches and was a first-team Academic All-Pac 10 choice.
•     As a sophomore (2007), started 10 of the 13 games he appeared in and recorded 75 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team.  Also posted three stops for losses of four yards and also caused a fumble.  Led the Bruins with 15 passes defensed and intercepted four other passes for 76 yards (19.0 avg) in returns.  Returned four punts for a total of nine yards (2.2 avg).  Named Academic All-District VIII and Academic All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice and added All-Pac 10 honorable mention
from the league’s coaches.
•    As a freshman (2006), appeared in all 13 games as the team’s nickel back and top reserve at cornerback.  Finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles that included 1.5 stops for losses of two yards, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he advanced 18 yards.  Also deflected six passes and became the first freshman and sixth overall player in school history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same season.  Named a Freshman All-American first-team pick by College Football News.com and Scripps/FWAA, adding second-team honors from The Sporting News, Scout.com and Rivals.com.  Was chosen the Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches and was co-winner of UCLA’s John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award, given to the Bruins’ Rookie of the Year.
•    Received a degree in mathematics/applied sciences from UCLA in 2011.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Sina’e and splits time between Nashville and Carson, Calif.
•    Attended Mayfair High School (Lakewood, Calif.) and led his team to a 10-2 record during his senior season.  Caught 50 passes for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns, recorded 56 tackles with four interceptions, including one that he returned 102 yards for a touchdown.  Also gained 407 yards with a touchdown on seven kickoff returns and 100 yards on four punt returns.
•    During his junior season, he was an All-CIF SS Division VI first-team choice on offense by pulling down 32 passes for 705 yards with 11 touchdowns.
•    Earned Academic All-Suburban League honors as sophomore.  Posted 15 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown and was credited with 25 tackles on defense.
•     Lettered four times in track and field, as he competed in the high jump, pole vault, 100m, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400 relay, 110m hurdles, 300m intermediate hurdles, long jump, 800m run and 4x200m relay events.  Earned team Most Valuable Performer honors as a freshman.  Served as track team co-captain as a sophomore and junior, winning the league titles in the high jump, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.
•    Was a four-time school Honor Roll and three-time Academic All-Pac 10 selection, compiling a 3.08 grade point average in Mathematics/Applied Sciences at UCLA.  Added Scholar-Athlete honors after attaining a 4.17 grade point average in high school.
•    Follow Verner on Twitter at @Alvern_1.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Back to the Future”; (TV show) “Dragonball-Z”; (actor) Denzel Washington/Shia LeBoef; (music artist) Eminem, Lil’ Wayne; (school subject) Math, physics, chemistry; (books) Harry Potter books and Dan Brown books; (food) “Anything my dad cooks”; (sports hero) Jerry Rice; and (sports teams as a child) L.A. Lakers, San Francisco 49ers or “wherever Jerry Rice was.”
•    Born Alterraun Ennis Verner on Dec. 13, 1988 in Orange, Calif.
 
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 73 338 281 57 0 0 56 12 1 124 -- 34
2014 TB 9 50 40 10 0 -- 6 1 0 0 -- 0
2013 TEN 16 57 49 8 0 0 22 5 1 68 13.6 34
2012 TEN 16 81 64 17 0 0 9 2 0 11 5.5 11
2011 TEN 16 49 43 6 0 -- 8 1 0 4 4 4
2010 TEN 16 101 85 16 0 -- 11 3 0 41 13.7 19
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 73 1 11 11 11 0 0 0 0 0
2014 TB 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 TEN 16 1 11 11 11 0 0 0 0 0
2012 TEN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 TEN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 73 1 17 17 17 0 0 0 0 0
2014 TB 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 TEN 16 1 17 17 17 0 0 0 0 0
2012 TEN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 TEN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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