Vaccaro glad he stayed for senior year
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.