ASU CAREER: Experienced, versatile player who anchored ASU's defensive line...started his last three seasons...played at both defensive end positions and at defensive tackles...was honored as the team's outstanding defensive lineman in each of his last two seasons and the most valuable defensive player in 2004...played in 49 career games with 38 starts...finished his career with 155 total tackles and 24.0 tackles for loss.
2004: Earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors...was named the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman at the year-end banquet...was also honored as one of the team's Cecil Abono Co-Captains...started all 12 games...finished the season with 40 tackles (25 solo), including a career-high eight tackles for a loss of 31 yards...broke up three passes on the year...recovered a fumble in each of the last three games of the season... returned a fumble 24 yards for touchdown Nov. 26 at Arizona...tied his career bests with six solo tackles and eight total stops in ASU's come-from-behind win over UCLA on Oct. 23...also tied his career high with 2.0 TFLs and broke up a pair of passes in that game...had a pair of tackles for loss three times this season...turned in four tackles, including 2.0 TFLs and a sack, Sept. 11 at Northwestern...had seven tackles (five solo) and a pair of TFLs Nov. 13 on Senior Day vs. Washington State.
2003: Started all 12 games...recipient of the ASU Outstanding Defensive Lineman award...registered 44 tackles, including 25 solo stops...also made 6.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 quarterback sacks for 12 yards... grabbed the first two interceptions of his career and added two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries...set a career high with eight tackles Sept. 13 vs. Utah State, including six unassisted tackles and two sacks (all career bests)...recorded a sack as well as two tackles Sept. 20 at Iowa...had four tackles (three solo) and two TFLs at Oregon State on Sept. 27 as well as a quarterback hurry...contributed four solo and one assisted tackle in an effort Oct. 4 against USC...intercepted a pass Oct. 25 at UCLA...broke up a pass and had three tackles Nov. 8 against California...intercepted his second pass of the year and collected six tackles (three solo), including one TFL, Nov. 8 at Stanford...had five tackles Nov. 15 at Washington State.
2002: Started all 14 games..earned honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honors...tallied 48 total tackles, 18 unassisted...had 6.5 tackles for loss, including four sacks totaling 37 yards...recovered a fumble vs. California...had a career-high eight tackles against Washington, including a sack for seven yards...had two sacks for 25 yards vs. Oregon State.
2001: Saw action in all 11 games...had 23 tackles, 10 unassisted...had three tackles for losses of 18 yards...added one sack for 13 yards against Washington...season high five tackles against Arizona.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2000 graduate of Pomona (Calif.) High School...named honorable mention All-America by USA Today...earned seven votes to make the first-team of the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best In The West" team...a member of the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" listing...named honorable-mention All-West by the Orange County Register...made honorable mention in the Las Vegas Sun's Super 11......listed as the No. 7 Athlete in the Western Region by PrepStar Magazine... listed as the No. 28 linebacker in the nation by SuperPrep Magazine in its "All-American 308" listing...named 1999 PrepStar Preseason All-American...the No. 23 player in the Farwest by SuperPrep Magazine... listed by PrepStar Magazine as one of the top nine defensive backs in the west going into the 1999 high school season...posted 151 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 11 fumbles caused, six fumble recoveries, four quarterback sacks, three interceptions, 400 yards rushing yards and 11 touchdowns at fullback as a senior... also had 300 yards receiving as a wideout and tight end...named all-area as a junior...collected 168 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, eight caused fumbles, five interceptions, four quarterback sacks and four fumble recoveries as a junior...was a two-way starter as a free safety and wide receiver as a junior...averaged 49.6 yards per punt as a junior...was also a standout on the basketball team.
PERSONAL: Is pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies (education and sociology)...parents are Greg and Yolanda...has a brother, Antoine, and two sisters, Lashana and Latasha...married his wife, Frances, on Feb. 8, 2003...has two sons, Malik and Gabriel...born Nov. 4, 1981, in Pomona, Calif....enjoys golf...full name is Jimmy Lee Verdon.
CAREER HIGHS: Unassisted Tackles: 6 twice, vs. UCLA (10/23/04). Assisted Tackles: 6, two times, last vs. Washington (10/26/02). Total Tackles: 8, three times, last vs. UCLA (10/23/04). Tackles for Loss: 2, six times, last vs. Stanford (11/6/04). Sacks: 2, at Oregon State (9/27/03).
Verdon's Career Statistics
Verdon's Game-by-Game Statistics
|at Oregon State||3/1||4||2.0/3||0.0/0||0||0|
|at North Carolina||2/2||4||0.0/0||0.0/0||0||0|
|at Washington State||2/3||5||0.0/0||0.0/0||1||0|
|at San Diego St.||3/1||4||1/5||1/5||0||0|
|at Washington St.||2/2||4||1/8||0/0||0||0|
|vs. Kansas St.||1/0||1||0/0||0/0||0||0|
|San Diego State||1/1||2||0/0||0/0||0||0|
|San Jose State||0/3||3||0/0||0/0||0||0|