With the start of the 2012 season just days away when the Frogs report to camp on August 6th, HFB.com takes a look at the top 11 impact players that are vital to the Frogs success in their inaugural season in the Big 12.
At #11 was defensive tackle Jon Lewis which we discussed yesterday and at #10 we stick with the defensive side of the ball and have junior cornerback Jason Verrett as our next impact player. Verrett struggled early in the year, who can forget the Baylor game, but as the season progressed, his play improved dramatically. Verrett was the top corner and honestly the bright side of a struggling year for the Frogs' secondary .
#10 Jason Verrett
VERRETT PROFILE Position: CB Class: Junior Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 180 2011 stats: 58 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PBU Best game of 2011: 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT vs. San Diego State Accolades: Honorable-Mention All-Mountain West
What makes Verrett an impact player? There's no hiding it, last season the Frogs' secondary struggled mightily against the pass in 2011, allowing nine touchdowns that covered 30-plus yards. The season low came in the opener against Baylor, allowing a 414-yard assault from the Bears and Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. However, they also held New Mexico to just 21 yards later in the year. Though he struggled early in the season, Verrett became the Frogs best defensive back covering the pass and he carried that with him to the spring. One player constantly mentioned by Patterson was Verrett and how much he continues to improve. The Frogs will need him to be great, especially in the pass-happy league of the Big 12. Plus, with the news that Travoskey Garrett is likely lost for the season, the weight on Verrett's shoulders to perform well just got heavier.
Tracking the list…
11. Jon Lewis
10. Jason Verrett
Who will be next at #9? Stay logged on to HornedFrogBlitz.com to find out!