Sunday, October 14, 2012

Vercher's big night

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In the 2011 season with Fresno City College, safety Donnell Vercher recorded three interceptions.

He's added four picks now to his resume - all in one game that occurred on Saturday.

The former Clovis High star had a monster night in a defensive battle with Sierra College at Rocklin, CA. Vercher, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety hauled in an astonishing four interceptions against the traditional Northern California powerhouse in the 23-16 win.

His huge night versus the Wolverines may look as if it was a breakout night, but if you ask me, this animal in the Rams' secondary has been making huge defensive plays even before the junior college scene.

While at Clovis High School, Vercher had linebacker-like instincts and was a wicked hitter in the Cougar secondary. His eyes and ability to lower the boom made him one of the more feared safeties in the Central Section. If anything though, his four interception evening goes to show where his ball skills are now at.

Along with being a rough hitter for the Rams, Vercher's hands has made him the Rams' top defensive playmaker. He leads the way with five picks in 2012 and now has eight in his junior college career.

But he still has the nasty shoulder hit. He recently buried his right shoulder pad into one Reedley College wide receiver, which got the wideout to fly towards the track.

He once drew the interest of Oregon State and hometown Fresno State before landing at Fresno City College. But more big plays, like the ones he got versus Sierra, could regenerate some interest again for this emerging safety star in the state J.C scene.


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