He’s such a good fit in Minnesota.
2. Stingy defender
In 2019, Gladney tied for second in the conference with 15 passes defended, including 14 pass breakups (led Big 12 and tied for eighth-most nationally).
As a junior, Gladney was rated No. 1 in the Big 12 by analytics site Pro Football Focus with an allowed passer rating of 46.9 (minimum of 200 coverage snaps). He recorded 15 passes defended in 2018.
It was a surprise he got picked, but it won’t be a surprise if he lights it up.
Did you suspect that he had a chance to get drafted; had you talked with a lot of teams about him?
“Every call I fielded was for him, Jeff (Gladney) and Innis (Gaines). It was anywhere from 12-18 teams that contacted me about them. Funny enough, the Packers did not. I got a call from a couple of teams basically saying hey if we don’t pick Vernon in the seventh round can you call him and tell him to be a free agent with us. I told them, let’s just wait and see if someone picks him and sure enough someone did. For me, I was happy that he got picked.
What kind of player are the Packers getting?
“They’re going to get a guy who’s very bought in to helping the team. He was a four-year starter on special teams for us. He’s going to be a guy that’s going to be the first one in the building and the last one to leave. He’s going to put in a lot of hard work.”
He solidified his question marks as far as being a draftable player; he played the last three games at a position he had never played on a hurt ankle and he made plays. He that the pick return against OU, had a strip fumble against Texas Tech that sealed the victory. He did those things at strong safety. He had taken zero snaps at strong safety in his career and the played the last three games there for us.”
The Frog fam is real.
It’s been a difficult time for Morgan as her father is the man who introduced her to track and field. He was in good health for a 90-year-old, but he battled COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and passed away shortly after being diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month.
But one of the silver linings for Mogan has been the support she’s received from her athletes and the TCU athletic department.
“It’s been amazing,” Morgan said from her family’s home in Newark, New Jersey. “I love my TCU family. The silver lining is God put me in the right place at the right time. The messages from my athletes, just the outreach from the staff to get flowers and messages … those help.
“You like when a nice message shows up in your phone. When it hit, I couldn’t talk about it. I went off the grid for three days, but just to have those messages uplifts you. It’s OK and it’s going to be all right.”
Updates on the active investigation.
A 2018 alumna and a senior have joined a lawsuit that accuses the university of fostering a climate of hostility and discrimination against minorities.
An amended complaint filed in federal court earlier this month accuses the outgoing Dean of the AddRan College of Liberal Arts Andrew Schoolmaster of groping and touching the alumna weeks before her graduation; the other student blames “discriminatory treatment” at TCU for the onset of Type I diabetes.
“As a practice, TCU does not comment on pending litigation beyond the papers we file in court. TCU is focused on creating a respectful and inclusive community for all students,” said Holly Ellman, the associate director of strategic communications management.
When asked for comment, Schoolmaster referred inquiries to Ellman.