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#1 Alterraun Verner
Position: Cornerback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Carson, CA
High School: Mayfair
Experience: 3 Letters
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2009 - Starter in all 13 games ... Named first-team All-America by rivals.com and third-team All-America by Associated Press and Phil Steele ... First-team All-Pac-10 conference selection ... Second-team All-Pac-10 All-Academic team ... Semifinalist for the Lott Trophy, presented to the nation's top defensive player on and off the field ... On the pre-season watch list for the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards ... Named the winner of UCLA's Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player vs. USC ... Defensive winner of the Paul I. Wellman Memorial Award for All-Around Excellence ... His five interceptions ranked tied for 32nd in the NCAA and tied for second in the Pac-10 ... Fifth on the team in tackles with 72 ... Scored a pair of touchdowns during the season, one on a return of a blocked field goal and the other after an interception ... Made two tackles versus San Diego State and returned a blocked field goal 70 yards for a score (fourth career touchdown) ... Made six tackles and an interception at Tennessee ... Picked off a pair of passes against Kansas State and added five tackles ... Led the team with 12 stops at Stanford ... Totaled five tackles versus Oregon ... Made seven tackles against Cal ... Had five stops, one for loss, at Arizona ... Made nine tackles at Oregon State ... Credited with seven tackles, one for loss, at Washington ... Made two stops, one for loss, at Washington State ... Gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead when he picked off a pass (fourth career interception return for a TD) and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown ... Also credited with a fumble recovery ... Made his fifth interception of the season at USC and added two tackles ... Registered seven tackles, 2.0 for loss, in the bowl win over Temple.

2008 - Starter in all 12 games ... Selected to the second-team All-Pac-10 squad chosen by the league's coaches ... Earned a spot on the first-team Pac-10 All-Academic team for the second straight season ... Added to the Watch List for the 2008 Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's top defensive back ... On the pre-season Watch List for the Lott Trophy, presented to the nation's top defender ... Named fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele's College Football magazine ... First-team All-Pac-10 selection by Steele and ESPN.com ... Second-team all-conference selection by rivals.com ... Offensive winner of UCLA's Paul I. Wellman Award for All-Around Excellence ... Second on the team in tackles with 73 ... Led the nation with his 1.67 pass defenses/g mark ... 22nd in the Pac-10 in tackles (6.8/g) and T-24th in interceptions (0.17/g) ... Recorded six tackles and tallied off his seventh career interception versus Tennessee ... Selected Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week for his efforts against the Vols ... Credited with a career-high 13 tackles at BYU, 0.5 for loss ... Made three stops and broke up two passes against Arizona ... Made 10 tackles, one for loss, versus Fresno State ... Led team with seven tackles against Washington State ... Made his second interception of the season, to set up a touchdown, and forced a fumble ... Recorded one tackle at Oregon ... Led the team with seven stops against Stanford ... Made five tackles and broke up four passes at Cal ... Had five tackles versus Oregon State ... Made five tackles and broke up two passes at Washington ... Credited with five tackles, one for loss, at Arizona State ... Also broke up three passes ... Made six tackles and broke up two passes against USC.

2007 - Appeared in all 13 games with 10 starts ... Fourth on the squad with 75 tackles ... Finished with 15 passes broken up and four interceptions ... 11th (tied) in the NCAA and fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 in (1.46) passes defensed ... Tied for ninth in the Pac-10 (0.3) and second on the team with four interceptions ... Selected to first-team Academic All-America All-District VIII team and the Pac-10 All-Academic first team ... Honorable mention All-Pacific-10 selection ... Came off the bench at Stanford to make four tackles and break up two passes ... Against BYU, he made the second start of his career (first in a non-nickel alignment) and made four tackles ... At Utah, he started and made 10 tackles ... Against Washington, he tied for the team lead with six tackles ... Started at Oregon State and made seven tackles, one for loss ... Started versus Notre Dame and made six tackles ... Started versus Cal and made six tackles, two for loss ... Also made two interceptions and broke up three other passes ... His second interception came with UCLA leading 23-21 and Cal on the Bruin 30-yard line facing a third-and-five ... He stepped in front of the pass attempt and returned it 76 yards for a score with 1:33 remaining ... That interception made him a nominee for the AT&T Player of the Week and the play was nominated as a Pontiac Game-Changing Moment ... Named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week ... It was the third touchdown return of his career, tying the UCLA record held by Jerry Robinson (1975-78), Marcus Turner (1985-88) and Spencer Havner (2002-05) ... At Washington State, he made seven tackles, his third interception in two weeks and broke up two passes ... Four tackles at Arizona ... Against Arizona State, he made four tackles and broke up two passes ... Made five tackles and his fourth interception of the season versus Oregon ... Against USC, he was second on the squad with eight tackles and forced one fumble ... In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made four tackles and broke up three passes.

2006 - Selected first-team Freshman All-America by collegefootballnews.com and Scripps/FWAA, second-team by The Sporting News, scout.com and rivals.com and first-team Pac-10 All-Freshman by The Sporting News ... Named co-Freshman of the Year for the Pac-10 Conference ... Finished fourth on the squad with 59 tackles and third on the team with two interceptions, while leading the team with 123 interception yards and two touchdowns ... The sixth Bruin and the first freshman to score two touchdowns on interceptions in the same year ... His 89-yard return against Arizona was the longest by a Bruin since Nov. 12, 1994, when Abdul McCullough scored on a 98-yard return versus Arizona State ... Played in all 13 games as a nickel back and the No. 3 corner ... Started once when the Bruins opened in the nickel package (Oregon) ... Co-winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year ... Made his Bruin debut versus Utah and was credited with two tackles and caused two turnovers ... With 2:16 remaining in the second quarter, he stepped in front of a Utah pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown to give the Bruins the lead for good, 14-7 ... In the fourth quarter, he caused a fumble after a Ute reception, recovered it, and advanced it 18 yards ... His interception return for a touchdown was the first by a UCLA true freshman since 1989, when Carlton Gray returned one 65 yards versus Washington ... Made two tackles against Rice ... At Washington, he led the team with nine tackles, including 0.5 for loss ... Four tackles versus Arizona ... In the fourth quarter, he picked off a pass and returned it 89 yards for his second touchdown ... At Oregon, he made his first start (nickel package) and responded with seven tackles ... At Notre Dame, he made six tackles ... Three tackles versus Washington State ... At Cal, he made six tackles ... Made two stops versus Oregon State ... At Arizona State, he made four tackles ... Against USC, he made four tackles, one for loss ... Combined with Christian Taylor on key fourth-down stop on the first play of the fourth quarter ... In the Emerald Bowl versus Florida State, he recorded nine tackles and broke up two passes.

HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three seasons at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, CA for coach Michael Fitch ... Played wide receiver, defensive back, linebacker and special teams ... Three-star selection by scout.com ... Ranked No. 58 among cornerbacks by scout.com ... Rated No. 84 prospect in California by rivals.com ... Cal-Hi Sports All-State third-team selection ... Led high school team to a 10-2 record as a senior ... As a senior, he made 50 receptions for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Scored 17 total touchdowns ... Made 56 tackles and four interceptions (one returned for a 102-yard touchdown) ... Returned four punts for 100 yards and added seven kickoff returns for 407 yards and a touchdown ... Named 2005 City of Lakewood Athlete of the Year ... Named first-team 2005 Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team ... Team Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year ... Team Most Valuable Defensive Back of the Year ... All-CIF Academic team selection ... Second-team All-CIF Southern Section ... First-team CIF-SS Division VI ... Played in the CaliFlorida Bowl ... Selected to play in Shrine All-Star Game ... Suburban League All-Academic selection ... Team Career Scholar-Athlete with 4.17 gpa ... Team co-captain ... Selected for Shrine All-Star Classic ... Selected to represent California in the 2006 Down Under Bowl in Australia ... As a junior, he was selected first-team All-CIF-SS Division VI on offense ... Totaled 32 catches for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns ... Had 56 tackles, 13 pass break ups and two interceptions ... Member of the LA Times' All-Region team ... Named Suburban League All-Academic All-League squad and the All-CIF Academic team ... Team Most Valuable Offensive Player and Most Valuable Defensive Back/Linebacker of the Year ... First-team all-league pick ... As a sophomore, he was named to the Suburban League All-Academic squad ... Had 15 catches for 250 yards and one touchdown ... Credited with 25 tackles on defense ... Also lettered four seasons in track and field for coach Josh Barker ... Participated in the high jump, pole vault, 100m, 4 x 1 relay, 4 x 400 relay, 110m hurdles, 300m intermediate hurdles, long jump, 800m run and 4 x 200m relay events ... As a senior, he had bests of 6-6 in the high jump, 20-10 in the long jump, 10.7 in the 100m and 39.70 in the 300m intermediate hurdles ... As a junior, he served as team co-captain ... Earned Suburban League Academic All-League honors ... League champ in the high jump (6-4) and 4x 100m relay ... As a sophomore, he served as team co-captain ... League champ in 4 x 400 relay, second in 110m high hurdles and high jump (6-2)... As a freshman, he was selected Team Most Valuable Performer ... League Frosh/Soph champ in the 110m and 300m hurdle (45.0) events ... Won the Silver medal in the 1500m at the 1997 California State Games ... Placed fourth in the 2000 4 x 100m relay at the USATF Youth Nationals.

PERSONAL - Full Name: Alterraun Ennis Verner... Born: December 13, 1988 in Orange, CA ... Parents: Robert and Vicki Verner ... Has two older sisters, Robin-Marie and Shawn ... Served as a peer tutor to his high school football team in the subjects of math and history ... Served as motivational speaker to city youth teams on importance of staying in school ... Lists one of his biggest thrills in sports as scoring four touchdowns in his senior season against Artesia HS, including the winning score with four seconds to play ... Admires former NFL standout Jerry Rice ... In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, computer graphics, dancing, acting, listening to music and spending time with friends ... Director's Honor Roll in Fall 2006, Winter 2007, Spring 2007 and Fall 2008 ... Mathematics-Applied Science major. .

Statistics
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2006

59

42-17

0-0

1.5-2

2-123 (2)

2007

75

53-22

0-0

3.0-4

4-76 (1)

2008

73

52-21

0-0

2.5-8

2-0 (0)

2009

72

51-21

0-0

5.0-7

5-158 (1)

Totals

279

198-81

0-0

12.0-21

13-357 (4)

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 13 at BYU, 2008
Tackles for Loss: 2.0 vs. Temple, 2009; vs. California, 2007

INTECEPTION RETURNS FOR TOUCHDOWN
2006 - 34 yards vs. Utah (2nd qtr.); 89 yards vs. Arizona (4th qtr.)
2007 - 76 yards vs. Cal (4th qtr.)
2009 - 68 yards vs. Arizona State (1st quarter)

BLOCKED FIELD GOAL RETURNED FOR TOUCHDOWN)
2009 - 70 yards vs. San Diego State (3rd quarter)

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