UCF vs. Florida - September 9, 2006 (Photos courtesy of Associated Press)
SENIOR SEASON (2008): Finished his UCF career ranking sixth in school history with 322 career tackles...Received an All-Conference USA honorable mention...Started all 12 games, bringing his career total to 42...Led UCF with both 82 tackles on the year and 60 solo stops...Also chipped in 3.5 TFLs, one sack, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and eight pass breakups...Shared UCF's Most Outstanding Defensive Back award after the season with Sha'reff Rashad...Contributed eight tackles, one for a loss, against USF (Sept. 6)...Made nine tackles and intercepted a pass in the red zone at Boston College (Sept. 20)...Had eight tackles, one for a loss and broke up a pass at Miami (Oct. 11)...Contributed eight tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble against eventual C-USA Champion East Carolina (Nov. 2)...Broke up a pair of passes in road wins at Marshall (Nov. 15) and Memphis (Nov. 22)...Capped his career with a season-high 10 tackles, nine of them solo, with one PBU against UAB (Nov. 29).
JUNIOR SEASON (2007): One of five Knights to start all 14 games on defense ... Ranked second on the team with 92 tackles ... Recorded seven solo tackles and assisted on four tackles for a team-high 11 takedowns in a win at NC State (Sept. 1) ... Led UCF in its second game of the year by posting 10 tackles against No. 6 Texas (Sept. 15) ... Paced the Knights' defense with nine tackles vs. Memphis (Sept. 22), while also forcing a fumble and notching a pass break-up, en route to sharing the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors ... Posted six takedowns and broke up a pass in the win over Louisiana (Sept. 29) ... Earned six tackles at East Carolina (Oct. 6) ... At USF (Oct. 13), had two tackles for a loss and made three overall takedowns ... Notched an interception with a 14-yard return vs. Tulsa (Oct. 20), while also collecting eight solo tackles, a pass break-up and two tackles for a loss ... Had five takedowns and a pass break-up to help UCF defeat Southern Miss (Oct. 28) ... Notched five tackles and a pass break-up against Marshall (Nov. 3) ... Collected six takedowns and a pass break-up at UAB (Nov. 10) ... Amassed eight tackles in the win at SMU (Nov. 17) ... Posted two tackles and a pass break-up vs. UTEP (Nov. 24) ... Registered two tackles and returned an interception 59 yards in the victory over Tulsa in the C-USA Championship Game (Dec. 1) ... Led the team and equaled his season high with 11 tackles vs. Mississippi State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006): Made seven starts at free safety, including the final six games of the campaign ... Recorded three tackles and returned two kickoffs for 59 yards, including a career-long return of 36 yards in the win over Villanova (Sept. 2) ... Started his first game of the season at free safety at Florida (Sept. 9) ... Recorded four solo tackles against the Gators ... Recorded one pass break-up, combined for three tackles, including half a tackle for a loss vs. Rice (Oct. 21) ... Had six total tackles at Houston (Oct. 28) ... Led team with a season-high 14 total tackles, eight solo and six assisted with one break-up vs. East Carolina (Nov. 4) ... Registered seven total tackles, five solos and two assisted at Memphis (Nov. 11) ... Had eight tackles and his first interception of the season at Tulane (Nov. 18) ... Posted his second double-digit tackle effort in the season finale vs. UAB (Nov. 25), making 12 tackles, including a season-high nine solo stops.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2005): Selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... Third team Freshman All-America selection by CollegeFootballNews.com ... Played in 12 games, making nine starts ... Led team in tackles with 85 ... Ranked first on squad with 66 solo stops ... Had two forced fumbles and three interceptions ... Broke up five passes ... Breakout performance with 12 tackles in the win at Louisiana-Lafayette (Oct. 1) ... Seven solo stops and an interception in the Memphis victory (Oct. 8) ... First career INT vs. the Tigers ... Nine solo tackles, one forced fumble and one pass break-up vs. Tulane (Oct. 21) ... Nine tackles (seven solo) in the East Carolina win (Oct. 29) ... 12 tackles (eight solo), one forced fumble and half of a sack at UAB (Nov. 12) ... Career-high 15 tackles (13 solo) and an interception in the win at Rice (Nov. 19) ... Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts vs. the Owls ... Eight tackles and one sack against Tulsa (Dec. 3) in the C-USA Championship Game ... Seven tackles and an interception in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl vs. Nevada (Dec. 24).
TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON (2004): Played at Wisconsin (Aug. 31) before leaving the game with a season-ending knee injury ... Granted a medical redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Marietta High School in Marietta, Ga. ... Coached by James Richards ... Rated as the No. 39 prospect in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com ... Named one of the top 50 players in the state of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... MVP of his team as a junior and senior ... Three-time all-county honoree ... Named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Cobb County Touchdown Club his senior season ... AJC Defensive Player of the Year for the Marietta area ... Registered 110 tackles, one interception and five blocked kicks as a senior ... Returned three of the kicks for touchdowns ... 100-plus tackles as a junior with five interceptions and four touchdowns ... Captain and MVP of his team as a senior ... All-state selection ... Also lettered three years in basketball and four in track.
PERSONAL: Venson is the son of Sylvia Carlisle ... Majoring in Organizational Communication.