Player Profile – WR Verran Tucker

In preparation for what hopefully will be a 2011 NFL season, we will present player profiles of some of the less known potential contributors on the Chiefs roster. We start today with WR Verran Tucker and will bring you others in the coming days and weeks.


PERSONAL FILE

Verran Mitchell Tucker

Born – June 26, 1988, in Torrance, California

Hometown – Tucker grew up and spent time in various towns in Los Angeles, from the Fairfax district near West Hollywood, to Torrance in the South Bay area and Lynwood, which is south of downtown Los Angeles.

2010 PRO CHRONOLOGY

April 26 – After going undrafted, Tucker signed as a college free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.

July 23 – He was released by the Cowboys before they went to training camp.

July 31 – Signed with Chiefs just as they are opening training camp in St. Joseph.

September 4 – Released by Chiefs in the roster cut to 53 players.

September 5 – Signed as one of the eight players to the Chiefs initial practice squad.

October 23 – He was promoted to the Chiefs active roster.

October 24 – Tucker played in first NFL game, working special teams and some offense against Jacksonville.  

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet, 1¾ inches.
  • Weight – 200 pounds.
  • Arm – 33¼ inches.
  • Hand – 9¼ inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.65 seconds (Pro-Day.)
  • 20-yard dash – 2.67 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.64 seconds.
  • Bench press – 6 repetitions at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 36½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 10-feet, 1-inch.

He was listed during his senior high school senior at 6-2, 185 pounds with a time in the 40-yard dash of 4.5 seconds.

COLLEGE

Tucker majored in Social Welfare at the University of California-Berkley, playing two seasons for head coach Jeff Tedford. He played in 20 games, catching 50 passes for 815 yards and 4 TDs in those games.

2009 – His senior season saw him play in 10 games with 8 starts. Going into the season, he was named by Tedford as a starter at wide receiver, this after he missed spring practice because he was working on his grades and staying academically active. That left him last on the depth chart at receiver, but before the season opener against Maryland, Tucker was named to the starting lineup. He was hampered by a calf injury throughout the season that would not heal and it limited his production. There was only one game where he caught more than three passes. That was his season best game against Oregon with he caught six throws, including his only TD of the season. In a Poinsetta Bowl loss to Utah, he caught three passes for 30 yards. Overall, he had 29 catches for 453 yards. He also had passing plays that went for 59 and 50 yards during the season.

2008 – He played in 10 games, making seven starts for the Bears. Tucker struggled at first making the transition from junior college ball; he caught only two passes in the first five games of the season. His first catch went for a 10-yard touchdown against Maryland. He finished up the season with 21 catches for 362 yards and 3 scores. His most memorable play was a 74-yard catch and run against Miami in the Emerald Bowl.

Year 

G 

S 

Rec. 

Yards 

Avg 

TD 

LG 

 
2009 

10 

29 

453 

15.6 

59 

 
2008 

10 

21 

362 

17.2 

74 

 
Totals 

20 

15 

50 

815 

16.3 

74 

 

2009 Game-by-Game

 Date 

 Opponent 

 W/L 

Start Y/N 

 Rec. 

 Yards 

 Avg 

 TD

9/5 

Maryland 

W 

Y

3 

50 

16.7 

0

9/12 

Eastern Washington

W 

DNP

0 

0 

0 

0

9/19 

@ Minnesota 

W 

Y

3 

78 

26.0 

0

9/26 

@ Oregon 

L 

Y

3 

71 

23.7 

0

10/3 

Southern Cal 

L 

Y

1 

14 

14.0 

0

10/17 

@ UCLA 

W 

DNP

0 

0 

0 

0

10/24 

Washington State 

W 

N

1 

4 

4.0 

0

10/31 

@ Arizona State 

W 

N

3 

26 

8.7 

0

11/7 

Oregon State 

L 

Y

6 

74 

12.3

1

11/14 

Arizona 

W 

N

3 

58 

19.3 

0

11/21 

@ Stanford 

W 

Y

3 

48 

16.0 

0

12/5 

@ Washington 

L 

DNP

0 

0 

0 

0

12/23

Poinsetta Bowl vs. Utah

L 

Y

3 

30 

10.0 

0

   

8-5

8

29

453 

15.62 

1

2008 Game-by-Game

Date 

 Opponent 

 W/L 

Start Y/N 

 Rec. 

 Yards 

 Avg 

 TD

8/30

Michigan State

W 

DNP

0

0

0

0

9/6

@Washington State

W 

DNP

0 

0 

0 

0

9/13

@ Maryland

L

N

1

10

10.0

1

9/27

Colorado State

W

N

1

29

29.0

0

10/4

Arizona State

W

DNP

0

0

0

0

10/18

@ Arizona

L

N

4

68

17.0

1

10/25

UCLA

W 

Y

1 

17

17.0

0

11/1

Oregon

W 

Y

6

83

13.8

0

11/8

Southern Cal

L 

Y

3

40

13.3

0

11/15

Oregon State

L

Y

3

28

9.3 

1

11/22

Stanford

W 

Y

1

0

0.0

0

12/6

Washington 

W

Y

1

30

30.0

0

12/27

Emerald Bowl

vs. Miami (FL)

W

Y

1

74

74.0

0

 

TOTALS

9-4

7

22

379

17.23

3

JUNIOR COLLEGE

Tucker attended El Camino (Junior) College in Torrance, California for two years, playing for the Warriors program under head coach John Featherstone.

2007 – He caught 26 passes for 538 yards and 9 TD catches, earning All-Mission Conference honors and the Warriors won the conference title, but lost in the first round of the California JUCO playoffs finishing 8-3 on the season. In a 59-45 victory over Fullerton that clinched the Mission Conference crown, Tucker caught seven passes for 99 yards and 3 TDs.

2006 – As a freshman, Tucker caught 16 passes for 229 yards and 4 TDs for an El Camino team that won the California Community College title, beating the City College of San Francisco 49-35. The Warriors finished the season 12-2.

Year 

G 

S 

Rec 

Yards 

Avg 

TD 

2007 

11 

Na 

26 

538 

20.7 

2006

14 

Na 

16 

229 

14.3 

Totals 

25 

Na 

42 

767 

18.3 

13 

RECRUITING
Scouting services tabbed Tucker as a 3-star recruit coming out of the JUCOs and he was ranked as the 56th or 57th top prospect in the country. He received offers from California, Arizona, Boise State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Washington. He made an early commitment to Cal-Berkley.

HIGH SCHOOL

Tucker was a member of the 2006 graduating class at Fairfax High School, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Located in West Hollywood at the intersection of Fairfax and Melrose, Fairfax H.S. has a remarkable list of alumni and people who graduated or attended the school before dropping out – Jermaine Jackson, Iman, Phil Spector, Mickey Rooney, Demi Moore, Ricardo Montalban, Lenny Kravitz, Steven Adler, Herp Alpert, Flea, Larry Gelbart, Timothy Hutton and Jack Kemp.

Tucker played only one season of prep football; before that senior season he had concentrated on basketball. He went out for the track team in his junior year and one of the team’s coaches was S.K. Cox, who was also the head coach of the football team.

In that one season, Tucker played both ways for Cox and the Lions. He worked at wide receiver on offense and cornerback and safety on defense.

As a junior on the Fairfax track team, Tucker turned in a time of 10.9 in the 100 meters.

FOOTBALL

2005 – He caught 44 passes for 504 yards and 7 TDs and ran the ball 8 times for 40 yards. On defense, he intercepted 4 passes for 140 yards, including one that he returned 60 yards for a touchdown. Tucker also had 58 tackles. Fairfax won the Los Angeles City title, but lost in the state playoffs to Dorsey High 34-13, finishing the season with a 9-3 record.

RECRUITING

Considered a two-star recruit because of his limited time in football, Tucker drew the interest of Boise State, Nevada, Oregon, San Diego State, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. But he was not able to score high enough on the ACT entrance exam and was forced to go the junior college route.

WHAT OTHERS SAID ABOUT HIM

California head coach Jeff Tedford – “Verran is a tough receiver with the ability to catch the ball in traffic. We only had him for two years at Cal after he transferred in from junior college, but he made great strides during that time.”

El Camino College head coach John Featherstone – “We’ve had a lot of great wide receivers on our team, and he was one of the best. He was a go-to guy who can run like a deer. If he caught the ball in space he was gone.”


One Response to “Player Profile – WR Verran Tucker”

  • May 25, 2011  - Like the player profiles says:

    I’d like to see some thoughts on their perceived role with the team. It seems Tucker, Horne, and maybe Lawrence are vying for that 4th roster spot at wideout. If so, they’re the guy that makes the roster because of special teams but also might be able to play a few downs every game in the rotation at wideout. If Tucker is vying for the 3rd spot, then the Chiefs haven’t done enough to fill their need for a veteran to provide a steadying influence to Bowe and Baldwin.




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