Vac­caro glad he stayed for se­nior year

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

Safety Kenny Vac­caro, one of only two se­nior starters on the Longhorns’ de­fense, con­sid­ered leav­ing for the NFL af­ter the 2011 sea­son. Vac­caro is glad he didn’t go.

Vac­caro’s ca­reer-high 100 tack­les this sea­son are one be­hind line­backer Steve Ed­mond’s team best. The se­nior’s four tack­les for losses were half as many as he had last year.

But Vac­caro spent much of the year at nickel back, cov­er­ing op­pos­ing slot re­ceivers. He said the ex­pe­ri­ence helped his ver­sa­til­ity and made him more ready for the NFL.

He also ad­mit­ted he needed to grow up and learn to make smarter de­ci­sions, al­lud­ing to his brush with Austin po­lice in May when he and three other play­ers were de­tained af­ter a late-night in­ci­dent at a down­town pizza es­tab­lish­ment.

“I just don’t think I was ready as a player and as a man for the NFL, just like y’all saw with the off-sea­son stuff that hap­pened,” he said.

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