2008: Vernon figures to start for his fourth season at middle blocker as a senior in 2008, but chronic knee soreness could slow him at times ... 2007: Vernon started for a third season at middle blocker as a junior in 2007 ... Overall while starting all 23 games he appeared in (he rested in the other 5 matches because of sore knees), he led USC's regulars in hitting percentage (.385) and blocks (105) ... He also had 178 kills (third on the team) ... He had 5-plus blocks 13 times, hit .500-plus 9 times, and had double kill figures 5 times ... His 10 blocks versus Long Beach State was a USC season high ... He was 10th nationally in blocking (1.25) and eighth in the MPSF (1.26) ... 2006: He started for his second season at middle blocker as a sophomore in 2006 ... He started 18 matches, but sat out 3 mid-season matches and then the final 5 matches to rest his knees after having surgery on both kneecap tendons in the fall of 2005 ... Overall, he led USC in hitting percentage (.403) and was third in blocks (85) ... He also had 151 kills, 17 digs and 6 aces ... He had 5-plus blocks 9 times, hit .500-plus 6 times and had double kill figures 6 times ... He was named to the 2006 All-Golden Dome Classic team ... He was 16th nationally in blocking (1.23) ... He was seventh in the MPSF in blocking (1.28) and 10th in hitting percentage (.398) ... 2005: He started 29 matches at middle blocker as a first-year freshman in 2005 ... Overall while appearing in 30 matches, he lead USC in hitting percentage (.421) and blocks (98), and also had 249 kills, 28 digs and 13 aces ... He hit .500-plus 12 times, had 5-plus blocks 10 times and had double kill figures 9 times (including a USC season best 9 kills versus UC San Diego) ... He was 19th nationally in hitting percentage (.421) ...
HIGH SCHOOL: He made the 2004 Volleyball Fab 50 team, as well as the All-State and All-Sica West Conference first teams as a senior at Joliet (Ill.) Township West High ... He also was an All-Sica West Conference first teamer as a 2003 junior ... He also played golf for 4 years at Joliet Township West, earning All-Conference honors as a junior and senior (he has a 6 handicap) ...
PERSONAL: He was a member of the 2003 U.S. Youth National Team ... He is a political science major at USC ... Birthdate is Oct. 1, 1986.
Career single-match highs: 18 kills (Cal State Northridge, 2007), 3 digs (UC San Diego, 2007), 10 blocks (Long Beach State, 2007)