Clean Sweep of All-America Honors for J.C. Sherritt
"Fabulous Fifty" Honor adds to four other All-America honors won by the junior linebacker after leading FCS in tackles with a school and league record 170
Earning a clean sweep as a member of all five post-season All-America teams in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Eastern Washington University junior linebacker J.C. Sherritt has been selected to the "Fabulous Fifty" All-America squad as selected by the College Sporting News.
One of 10 unanimous choices on the team, Sherritt finished the 2009 season as the leader in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision statistics with an average of 14.17 tackles per game. Tight end Nathan Overbay was one of 68 players to earn honorable mention. Sherritt and Overbay helped lead Eastern to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the FCS Playoffs -- EWU's fourth berth in the last six seasons.
Sherritt was also named as a first team All-American on four other teams -- Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Sports Network and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The only other Eagles to earn five first team All-America honors in the same year were offensive tackle Jim Buzzard in 1997 and Greg Peach in 2008 on his way to winning the Buck Buchanan Award given to the top defensive player in FCS.
A 2006 graduate of Pullman (Wash.) High School, Sherritt had a total of 170 stops in 2009 to break the school record of 151 set by Greg Belzer in 2000. Besides his 170 tackles, Sherritt had 14 tackles for loss, four passes broken up, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception he returned for a touchdown.
A huge target at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Overbay caught 51 passes for 588 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. A 2005 graduate of W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Wash., he is the nephew of Toronto Blue Jays major league baseball player Lyle Overbay. Overbay will play in the 85th-Annual East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 23, 2010, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The game will be televised on ESPN2 starting at noon Pacific time.
More on Sherritt may be found at: http://goeags.com/sports/m-footbl/2009-10/releases/09fbDec14SherrittAAHonors
More on Overbay may be found at: http://goeags.com/sports/m-footbl/2009-10/releases/09fbDec2OverbayShrineGame