Alterraun Verner Interview
By: Scott Porter
January 7, 2010
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Alterraun Verner: My football instincts and IQ.

Scott Porter: You had considered declaring for the draft last year, what ultimately made you decide to return for your senior season?
Alterraun Verner: The team and college football atmosphere, I wanted to enjoy it one more year.

Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Alterraun Verner: To make a team and contribute the best way I can.

Scott Porter: What player in the NFL do you try and model your game after?
Alterraun Verner: Nobody really, I liked Jerry Rice growing up but he is a receiver. So I try to mimic his work ethic.

Scott Porter: What is your favorite memory while at UCLA?
Alterraun Verner: Beating USC in 2006.

Scott Porter: What is the hardest part about playing the position of cornerback?
Alterraun Verner: That you are easily exposed every play at every second and you take harsh criticism.

Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Alterraun Verner: Basketball, video games, poetry, and movies.

Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence during your college career?
Alterraun Verner: My parents and Coach Darrick Davis. They helped me get to where I am now.

Scott Porter: Do you feel your size will hurt your draft stock at all?
Alterraun Verner: It might, who really knows. This is what God has given me and I have worked with it for 21 years.

Scott Porter: Did you have a favorite team and player as a kid?
Alterraun Verner: Jerry Rice and San Francisco.

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