The striker has scored four times in the Pittodrie side's last two games, including a hat trick in their 5-0 rout of Falkirk in the Scottish League Cup this week. But even that achievement was overshadowed to some degree by the impression made by Aberdeen's young brigade.
Cammy Smith, 18, Clark Robertson, 20, Ryan Jack, Nicky Low and Joe Shaughnessy, all 21, and Peter Pawlett, 22, were at the heart of the result which sent Aberdeen through to a quarter-final at Motherwell.
Vernon, who is 29, admitted that Celtic's elimination against Morton had ramped up the expectation level on Aberdeen. "We know the team everybody is looking at is out and that gives everyone a bit more of a chance," he said. "We'll have as good a chance as anyone and we'll be confident going into the next round."
Vernon had spells with Oldham Athletic, Blackpool, Colchester United, Northampton Town, Gillingham and Southend United before moving to Pittodrie in 2010. "This is my fourth season and the young lads are the best bunch of young lads I've been involved with at any club. They're playing like men, which is full credit to them.
"I've been there at 17, 18 coming into the team and you don't feel pressure, you just want to get out there and do your best. Everybody compares young Aberdeen players to the club's golden generation. We've just got to do our best to recreate that by working hard every day.
"We've got a good blend, it's not just young players. There are a few experienced lads out and they will help the young players on the pitch when they come back. The young lads are getting sick of talking about how long it's been since the club won anything. That's how long it's been and that's a shame for a club of this stature.
"Each season is different, you get a different vibe from each one, but we're feeling very positive this year. It will only take one upset to knock us back down a peg or two but we just need to keep our feet on the ground and keep doing the things we've been doing. We're confident because we know with the players we've got we can beat pretty much anybody in the league on our day."
It is that sentiment which has come to provide succour for Falkirk after such a heavy midweek defeat. The SPFL Championship side would have been forgiven for wincing as they conceded five goals at home but that blow was softened somewhat by the strength which they recognised in the Aberdeen squad.
Michael McGovern, the Falkirk goalkeeper, at least, was certainly of the opinion that the Pittodrie club will enjoy a successful campaign this term. "They played very well and we had boys who didn't play well -that was reflected in the score," the Northern Ireland internationalist said. "A lot of focus has been on how badly we played but a lot of it was down to how Aberdeen played.
"You have to bear in mind the calibre of their squad as well. They have very good players, earning good money, while we have a very young squad. In my opinion they have the second strongest squad in Scotland, after Celtic of course. They had experienced boys missing against us but they were still able to put out a very, very strong team. I don't think there's any real shame in being beaten by Aberdeen at the moment.
"There will be a few teams up there who will be expecting to finish second in the Premiership but Aberdeen will have a very good chance. I would not be surprised if they finished second in the league."