USF Football BIO
17 Danny Verpaele
2008: Played in seven games, starting three ... Tallied 17 tackles, including season-high six against FIU ... Suffered foot injury against Syracuse that ended his season early ... One tackle for a loss and three pass breakups ... Served as a team captain against UCF.
2007: Sat out season.
2006: Started first four games at free safety before Carlton Williams won the job for games five through 11 ... Returned to starting role at West Virginia in regular season finale and against ECU in Papajohns.com Bowl ... Forced a crucial fumble at the 1-yard line in the West Virginia game ... Continued to see considerable snaps, even as backup ... Also played on special teams units ... 39 tackles on the season ... Interception against North Carolina with a 26-yard return.
2005: Claimed a medical redshirt season after broken foot ended his season before it started.
2004: Made seven starts and appeared in all 11 games as a true freshman...Fourth on the team with 57 tackles, including six for losses, with two sacks...Had season-high nine tackles, including one of his sacks at Cincinnati ...Had a crucial fumble recovery at the goal line in USF’s win at UAB.
MERRITT ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL: A utility player, he earned Class 4A second team all-state in that role while playing quarterback and defensive back ... Passed for 1,531 yards and ran for 1,015 as a senior ... First-ever player in Merritt Island High history to start four straight years ... Brevard County Defensive Player of the Year in Orlando Sentinel and also a member of that paper’s all-Central Florida team ... Ranked 68th-best prospect in Florida by Sentinel ... Second team all-state as a junior as well ... Runs a 4.41 40-yard dash ... Coached by Paul Friel.
PERSONAL: Born October 5, 1985 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. ... Son of Tim and Chris Verpaele ... Given name is Daniel Verpaele ... Enjoys fishing and basketball ... Last name is pronounced VUR-pail.