COLLEGE CAREER – An All-American at the University of Texas and one of the top-rated defensive backs in the NFL Draft, Vaccaro became the first safety to be selected by the Saints in the first round in franchise history. The versatile defender started 32-of-51 games he appeared in while using his incredible combination of athletic ability and toughness to contribute from four different positions, including both safety spots. The Brownwood, Texas native finished his career with 264 tackles (162 solo), two sacks for minus 16 yards, 16 stops for losses of 59 yards, five interceptions for 19 yards in returns, 21 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two blocked punts and 14 special teams tackles (10 solo), while twice being named to the All-Big 12 Conference first-team and garnering first-team All-American honors as a senior.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed to a four-year contract, 5/9/13; Selected by the Saints in the first round (15th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
2012 – Earned first-team All-American honors from Pro Football Weekly and was second-team by The NFL Draft Report…Earned All-Big 12 first-team recognition from league coaches for the second straight season, among others…Shared team’s Joseph W. Moore Tenacity Award for Defense and earned the Mike Campbell Defensive MVP and George ‘Hook’ McCullough Team MVP awards…Started all 13 games at free safety and totaled a team-leading and career-high 107 tackles (60 solo), including four stops for a loss, two interceptions for 19 yards in returns, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…In his final regular season game, matched his career-high with 13 tackles at Kansas State, Dec. 1. 2011 – Chosen All-Big 12 first-team by league coaches…Earned UT’s Joseph W. Moore Tenacity Award for Defense…Started all 13 contests at strong safety and totaled 82 tackles (47 solo), two sacks for minus 16 yards, eight stops for a loss, eight passes defensed and two interceptions…Helped Longhorns lead league and rank sixth in nation in rushing defense (92.2 ypg.) and 11th in total defense (306.1 ypg.)…Part of a standout defensive effort that held California to seven rushing yards and 195 total net yards in the Holiday Bowl, adding five tackles, two stops for a loss and a sack….Intercepted a pass to go with three tackles and a pass defense at Texas A&M….Reached double digits with 10 tackles and one stop for a loss at Missouri…Finished with six tackles and one stop for a loss against Kansas State as the defense held the Wildcats to 121 yards of total offense…Finished with six tackles, two stops for a loss and one sack at Iowa State. 2010 – Earned Texas’ Joseph M. Moore Tenacity Award for defense and the Frank Denius Most Valuable Special Teams Player honor while also receiving the coaching staff’s Hard Hat Award…Appeared in all 12 games at multiple different positions on the defensive and special teams units…Finished fifth on the team with 56 tackles (42 solo), also adding four stops for minus 22 yards, eight passes defensed, one interception and a forced fumble, also contributing five tackles (four solo) and a blocked punt on special teams…Helped the Longhorns rank sixth in the nation in total defense (300.2 ypg.) and pass defense (161.6 ypg.)…Notched 11 tackles against UCLA in first career start…Blocked a punt at Kansas State. 2009 – Appeared in all 13 games on defense and special teams…Finished with 19 tackles (13 solo), one forced fumble, nine special teams stops and one blocked punt…Notched five tackles and blocked a punt at Baylor…Registered a tackle and forced a fumble at Texas A&M.
PERSONAL – Physical culture and sports major at Texas…Attended Brownwood (Texas) HS before transferring to Early HS for his senior campaign…Played six different positions in high school, while totaling 235 tackles and five interceptions in three years, also seeing action on offense at wide receiver and running back…Earned both all-state and all-district first-team honors at defensive back…Also played basketball for three years…Uncle, A.J. Johnson, played for the Washington Redskins (1989-94), helping them to a victory in Super Bowl XXVI before spending one season with San Diego (1995)…Brother Kevin, is a sophomore safety at Texas…Born Feb. 15, 1991 in Brownwood, Texas.
Sean Kelley chats with New Orleans Saints S Kenny Vaccaro after the team's against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, December 8, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro talks with reporters on Monday, October 28, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro talks about facing the Buffalo Bills after practice on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints 31-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, September 22, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)