After missing most of last season due to an injury, junior defensive end Tyler Vernon has had a season for the ages at Mill Creek. The 6-foot-4 speed rusher broke the Hawks school record with 14 sacks in a season this year. He also totaled 73 tackles, seven tackles for loss and eight quarterback hurries. Tyler uses his great 4.6-forty speed to reach opposing quarterbacks. He has had games of four sacks and five sacks which have earned him the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Defensive Player of the Week award. Tyler runs the 400m and throws discuss and shot put in track and field, which has helped him with his explosiveness.
The relentless rusher has caught the attention from schools such as Georgia, Miami, Virginia, Nebraska, Iowa and Cincinnati. He has not received any official offers quite yet, but they are on the horizon. He currently holds a 3.4 GPA and maintains all A’s and B’s. Vernon has said, “I think that my work ethic, my quickness and my will to get to the ball is what makes me a standout player.” When asked about how he got to this level of success in his record breaking season he explained, “I have gotten to this level through tons of hard work and practice. My Coaches and my father Paul Vernon has helped me tremendously throughout the process.”
Head coach Shannon Jarvis has preached that Tyler is a good kid and has a bright future ahead of him saying, “His success is a result of a tireless work ethic both on the field and off and he is a young man that possesses unlimited potential because of the quality of person he is.”
With another year of eligibility left, Tyler should be one of the fastest rising prospects in the state after his breakout season. He has many accolades coming in the future and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be able to continue being successful moving forward.