The TCU Horned Frogs are looking to take the next step in their assimilation into the Big 12 after a pretty good, but not great, inaugural run through the conference. They figure to have a strong offense with the return of Casey Pachall, but they will need their defense to step up their game to hold down the high-powered Big 12 offenses. Luckily for them, they have Jason Verrett at cornerback who will go down as the premier coverage corners in the conference in 2013.
The senior returns to TCU after a strong 2012 campaign where he proved to be steady cover corner. He finished the year with 63 tackles and led the team with six interceptions. He showed excellent consistency against the pass, breaking up another 16 passes on the season. At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Verrett uses his athleticism to stick to receivers and disrupt their ability to catch passes with regularity.
And he will be sure to continue to get work in 2013 as well. While most top corners scare quarterbacks into throwing away from them, TCU has a second corner with great ball skills as well. Fellow senior Elisha Oladobe had four interceptions of his own in 2012, including two that he returned for touchdowns. Having that second coverage specialist on the other side of the field forces quarterbacks to take some shots at Verrett, which he routinely makes them pay for.
The offenses in the Big 12 will continue to get faster and attack the field vertically more and more. TCU will have to rely on its secondary to keep a lid on some of that high-flying offense and Jason Verrett will prove up to the task in 2013.