Engineering Alterraun Verner

April 13th, 2015


The guy who types like a madman at, Joe Kania, has pumped out a long Q&A with Tampa Bay starting cornerback Alterraun Verner.

You can view it here.

There’s not much ground-shaking info, but one nugget stands out. It illustrates Joe’s previous contention that Verner might be the smartest guy in the locker room.

Q: Some off-the-field questions. If you weren’t playing football, what do you think you would be doing?
A: “I think I could see myself being a teacher and a coach. I could see myself, if I knew for sure that the NFL wasn’t going to happen, being some type of engineer or something to do with building and mathematics too.”

Verner actually returned to UCLA after his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans to complete his mathematics degree.

What’s interesting there is that he lived in the dorms and got to know then-17-year-old Bryce Petty, the UCLA quarterback who might be a first-round pick later this month. Petty was an early entry into the university.

Speaking on WDAE-AM 620 last week, Verner relayed a story of how he overheard Petty in the dorms turn down a springtime party offer from some ladies because he wanted to study his playbook. Verner was saying Petty is just that kind of guy.

That got Joe thinking about how the Bucs talking to everyone and anyone connected to Jameis Winston and are hoping to hear the same kinds of things from ex-neighbors, bible camp counselors, laundromat workers, and more.

18 Responses to “Engineering Alterraun Verner”

  1. Bucfreak Says:

    Brett Hundley is the UCLA quarterback. Not Petty.

  2. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    No need to sweat that stuff Joe. ’87 has assured us that Fameis can walk on water. In fact ’87 is so convinced of just how wonderful St. Fameis is that he offered his children as collateral to L&L if Fameis acts out against after he is drafted!

  3. SoonerinTampa Says:

    Bucfreak Says:
    April 13th, 2015 at 3:07 pm
    Brett Hundley is the UCLA quarterback. Not Petty.


    SMDH…such a ridiculous oversight! Amateur Hour on Joe Buc Fan

  4. MarineBucsFan Says:

    You guys are so fukin “Petty”……. Who else is working around the clock to get you (free) Bucs news? No one, so STFU.

  5. David Says:

    God forbid we expect our media outlets to get facts correct.

  6. bucbucbuc Says:

    I was an engineering major at UCLA, took a math class with Verner. Incredibly smart dude, super engaged in class and did well on his midterms.

  7. Arealbucsfan Says:

    Bryce Petty? UCLA?? Whaaaa.

  8. Arealbucsfan Says:

    It had to be one of Joe’s joes. I dont think the real Joe couldve gotten that wrong. Amateur!

  9. MM-ARMY Says:

    Put your name on it!!!!

  10. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Gospel spoken marinebucsfan.

  11. UF Alum that likes a few Noles here. Says:

    StPeteBucsFan Says:
    April 13th, 2015 at 3:09 pm
    No need to sweat that stuff Joe. ’87 has assured us that Fameis can walk on water. In fact ’87 is so convinced of just how wonderful St. Fameis is that he offered his children as collateral to L&L if Fameis acts out against after he is drafted!
    Shots SOOO fired.

  12. UF Alum that likes a few Noles here. Says:

    BTW…..Glennon is probably better than Petty or Hundley.
    NO to a second round QB.

  13. Destinjohnny Says:

    What was it Namath said- it’s almost unamerican not to go out with the lady’s

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    With as many grammar and spelling errors we see, the Huntley – Petty thing is understandable. And tolerable.

    However, did anyone consider that Alterraun Verner may have made the mistake? If Joe was quoting him, it would make sense.

    On the topic of Alterraun Verner, I really like him. To me, he is as good as Revis. Similar stats. 1/3 the price. And he is adjusting to the Tampa 2. Between him and Banks, I think we’re going to end up with a deadly backfield in another year. Maybe less.

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    UF Alum that likes a few Noles here. Says
    “BTW…..Glennon is probably better than Petty or Hundley.”

    I don’t know about that. It depends on their ability to learn, because Mike Glennon has a lot of negatives.

    He doesn’t improve in weak areas. He doesn’t lead with authority. He doesn’t have the drive to take command (otherwise he’d be starting). He gets flustered in the pocket far too easily. He cannot read defenses.

    I could name more too.

    Basically, he plays like a rookie, and should be much better by now. He’s had plenty of practice. Live game situations (enough to experience and process what he learned).

    Mike Glennon is the biggest bust of the Schiano regime…and I liked most of the other picks.

  16. Brandon Says:

    I’d call it a brain fart by Joe. I remember one time talking about 49ers receivers and talking about this 3rd WR for the team that I thought had ton of potential and calling him Terrell Stokes…. a mix of Terrell Owens and JJ Stokes… stuff like that happens. Even most of Joe’s grammatical mistakes can be chalked up to brain farts because 95% of the time he uses the correct word usage of the words he screws up unlike some of the posters on here that make the same mistake 100% of the time. There’s a big difference. I try to be correct 100% of the time… 95% is not great when talking about a professional site, but it’s still not because Joe doesn’t know the language, he just isn’t big on proofreading.

  17. Caleb Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai-

    It’s people like you who seriously get me upset about what you say on here. You clearly don’t understand Glennon an the poor situations he has been forced into the past two years. To be honest I’m just going to leave it at that, I don’t need to waste my time giving you my opinion on the matter because even if I did you clearly wouldn’t understand by the way you talk about the way Glennon has progressed or should I say not progressed in the NFL.

    All I have to say to you sir is: think about the situations Glennon has been in the last two seasons, and look at the numbers buddy. If you ask me they’re pretty damn good considering…

  18. Johnny Dejay Says:

    Let he, who has never made a mistake, cast the first stone.