CAREER: Quick and talented player focused is competing for a starting job at outside linebacker ... former high school wide receiver (as well as linebacker) utilized his speed last spring to challenge for the starting spot ... has played in 13 games for the Irish, mostly as a reserve linebacker and on special teams, and has recorded five tackles.
2006 (junior): Played in eight games, primarily as a back-up outside linebacker and on special teams, before an ankle injury during practice sidelined him for the remainder of the season ... saw 26:19 of game action.
2005 (SOPHOMORE): Moved from safety to linebacker during spring practice ... played in five games (Washington, Purdue, BYU, Navy and Syracuse) as a reserve linebacker ... logged 4:28 of action at linebacker versus Syracuse, making one unassisted tackle ... played 5:23 at linebacker against Navy, making three tackles (one solo) against the Midshipmen ... logged 14:55 of game action with two special teams appearances.
2004 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a reserve safety in 2004.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif. ... rated 95th on the ESPN.com list of the nation's top 100 prep players nationally ... listed 98th on list of the nation's top 150 prospects by collegefootballnews.com (28th among linebackers) ... 13th on the Rivals.com Super West 60 team ... named to the 2003 Los Angeles Times prep all-star team as one of three linebackers ... voted 2003 MVP of the Empire League by the Orange County Register ... named to the 2003 Orange County Register all-county team as a receiver ... a second-team all-state pick as a multi-purpose selection by Cal-Hi Sports ... an all-CIF pick as both a junior and a senior ... a starter at both linebacker and wide receiver ... helped his team reach the 2003 CIF Southern Section Division VI title game ... caught 42 passes for 631 yards and nine TDs in 2003 ... rushed for two TDs and 75 yards as a senior and completed a 35-yard pass for another score ... had 88 tackles, four sacks, one interception and three fumble recoveries on defense in 2003 ... caught seven passes against both Long Beach Millikan (131 yards, two TDs) and La Mirada (107 yards, one score) in 2003 ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... helped Lutheran go 12-1 in 2003, including Empire League ... caught 48 passes for more than 800 yards and 14 TDs as a junior, adding 70 tackles and 12 sacks ... father Kip lettered as a receiver at Penn State in 1979 ... full name is Anthony Ericson Vernaglia ... born Sept. 20, 1985, in San Clemente, Calif. ... oldest of three children ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, pursuing a major in finance.