Horned Frogs return 15 starters, including nine from last year's Big 12-leading defense
Cain and Verrett cited as the best at their positions in 2012
CollegeFootballNews.com tabs Verrett the nation's top cornerback
TCU freshman topped the Big 12 in tackles for loss and placed third in sacks
Michigan State 17, TCU 16
2012: Started all 13 games ... voted by Big 12 coaches as the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year ... media selected him as the AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Newcomer of the Year ... also landed on both of the first teams for All-Big 12 and AP All-Big 12 ... selected to multiple Freshman All-American Teams and named the Defensive Freshman of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com ... has posted 53 tackles, including 34 solo stops ... led the team with 18.5 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks ... was first in the Big 12 at 1.42 tackles for loss per game and third in the league with 0.77 sacks per game ... his 10 sacks tied for the fourth-most in a season in TCU history and are the most by a freshman ... has forced two fumbles and recovered another ... also posted an interception of Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein ... took part in a sack in the first seven games of the season ... recorded a tackle for loss in 10 of the 12 games ... made a huge impact in his TCU debut, making five tackles, three of which were for loss, and a sack ... contributed a one-half sack in the win at Kansas ... made four tackles, including three solo in the win over Virginia ... also had a sack and forced fumble in the game ... posted a season-best seven tackles in the win at SMU, which also featured season bests in tackles for loss (4.0) and sacks (2.5) ... made six stops (two solo) against Iowa State and chipped in a tackle for loss and half of a sack ... all five of his tackles in the win at Baylor were solo tackles and two were for loss ... added a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery at Baylor ... made four tackles against Texas Tech, 2.5 of which were behind the line of scrimmage and 1.5 of which were quarterback sacks ... had four tackles (all solo) at Oklahoma State ... recorded half of a tackle for loss in the win at West Virginia to go along with four tackles ... posted three solo tackles (one for loss) against Kansas State and intercepted a pass on KSU's first possession ... made four solo tackles in the Thanksgiving night win at Texas and two of them were for loss ... also posted his biggest sack of the season, an 11-yard loss ... made two tackles in the season finale against Oklahoma ... recorded another 11-yard sack and a pass break-up in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
High School: Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 171 prospect in the nation ... ranked as the No. 12 defensive end in the country ... the No. 22 prospect in the Rivals.com Texas Top 100 and the No. 3 defensive end in Texas ... participated in the Under Armour All-America Game ... received second team ESPN High School All-America honors ... tabbed the District 4-5A Defensive Player of the Year ... named to the Associated Press 5A All-State team ... totaled 73 tackles and 13 sacks while intercepting two passes his senior year ... collected six sacks and 66 tackles during his junior campaign ... chose TCU over Oklahoma, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas A&M.