TCU Places Three on AP All-Big 12 Team
Dec. 9, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU cornerback Jason Verrett was a unanimous first-team selection, while safeties Sam Carter and Chris Hackett were second-team picks on the Associated Press All-Big 12 Team.
Verrett, ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 1 player in the Big 12, was a first-team selection on all five Midseason All-America teams released (ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com, USA Today, Phil Steele). The Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist and Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist has been invited to the Senior Bowl.
Despite not many balls being thrown his way this season, Verrett is second in the Big 12 and tied for seventh nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game (2 interceptions, 14 pass breakups). Since the start of the 2012 season, he tops the nation with 38 passes defended (8 interceptions, 30 pass breakups).
A Fairfield, Calif., native, Verrett totaled 39 tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss, with a sack and forced fumble.
Carter led TCU with five interceptions while tying for second with four sacks. He had 7 1/2 tackles for loss among his 49 stops which placed sixth on the Horned Frogs. The junior from Alief, Texas, added two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Carter was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Horned Frogs' 48-17 win over SMU. He totaled five tackles, including 1 1/2 for loss with a sack. He also forced a fumble and had two interceptions, including one returned 66 yards for a touchdown.
Hackett placed second on TCU with 88 tackles, including 4 1/2 for loss with two sacks. The sophomore from Tyler, Texas, had a team-best three forced fumbles to go with three interceptions, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
Hackett closed his season with a career-best 12 tackles versus Baylor.