4 J.C. Sherritt
4 J.C. Sherritt
Height: 5-10
Weight: 220
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Pullman, Wash.
High School: Pullman HS '06
Position: LB
Experience: 3L*

Career: He has 256 career tackles to rank eighth in school history, and needs 57 to move into fifth, 75 to move into fourth, 90 to move into third, 91 to move into second and 143 to break the school record of 399 held by Greg Belzer (1997-2000). Sherritt is the first Eastern linebacker to earn All-America honors (first, second or third team) since Belzer was honored in 2000 (Football Gazette second team and the Sports Network third team). Eagle linebackers Derek Strey (1996), Dion Alexander (1995) and Jason Marsh (1993) have also been honored previously. He has the second-most career starts on the team with 20.

2010: In July, Sherritt was one of 20 players selected by the Sports Network to its “Watch List” for the 2010 Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. Selected as a first team selection on both the Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine and the Consensus Draft Services preseason FCS football All-America teams. A panel of media and sports information directors also selected him to its preseason All-BSC squad. Was also selected as a preseason first team All-Big Sky selection by Phil Steele. Listed as a starter at strong-side inside linebacker on EWU’s preseason depth chart.

2009: Earning a clean sweep as a member of all six post-season All-America teams in the FCS in 2009, Sherritt led FCS in tackles with an average of 14.17 tackles per game. He finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the top defensive player in FCS. Sherritt was one of 10 unanimous choices on the “Fabulous Fifty” All-America squad as selected by the College Sporting News, and was also named as a first team All-American on four other teams -- Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Sports Network, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and The All-American 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. Sherritt was one of four co-captains for the Eagles in 2009, but the only non-senior. He 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. Since 2000 when the Big Sky and NCAA Football Championships Subdivision began keeping statistics as a record, his tackles total was a league record and the seventh-most in FCS, and his average of 14.17 was also a league record and 13th in FCS. He had a school-record 24 tackles versus Weber State (10/10/09), breaking the previous record of 23 set by Greg Belzer against Portland State in 1998. He also had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Wildcats. Sherritt had 17 more tackles against Montana (10/17/09) and 18 against Montana State (10/24/09) to help move him into the national lead -- a lead he would not relinquish the rest of the season. His performance against the Grizzlies ranks as the 16th-most in school history and his 18 versus MSU is seventh. Sherritt earned Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second-straight week when he had 15 tackles, with 2 1/2 for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in EWU’s 56-30 victory over Sacramento State (9/26/09). The previous week, he had 15 versus Northern Colorado (9/19/09) to earn BSC Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his efforts. Sherritt was also selected as one of four National All-Stars by College Sporting News for his performance in the 16-0 shutout that was Eastern’s first at Woodward Field since 1983. The Eagles have had six other shutouts since then either on the road or in Spokane, including a 34-0 win over UNC in 2006. He was selected as the team’s defensive player of the week against UNC and WSU.

2008: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors. Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Started eight games at weak-side inside linebacker, but missed the final two games with a knee injury. He also missed the Western Washington game (9/20/08) with a sprained ankle that he suffered on his 48-yard interception return for a touchdown versus Colorado (9/6/08). Against Montana (10/11/08) he was chosen as the team’s special teams player of the week and subsequently was one of three team co-captains the following week. Sherritt had a season-high 15 tackles versus Montana (10/11/08) and two games earlier had 12 versus Idaho State (9/27/08). He helped Eastern finish an impressive 11th in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivison in rushing defense (93.5), as well as fifth in sacks (3.09 per game) and ninth nationally in tackles for loss (7.9 per game).

2007: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Did not start, but saw significant action as a linebacker and on special teams. He had an interception against Montana State (10/13/07) and a season-high seven tackles in his next game versus Brigham Young (11/20/07) when he had the team’s big hit of the week.

2006: Redshirted.

HS: Graduated from Pullman HS in 2006. Was the Seattle Times 2A State Player of the Year after leading Pullman to a perfect 14-0 record and the State 2A championship. Earned first team 2A All-State honors as a linebacker from Associated Press as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. In addition, WashingtonPreps.com selected him to its 2A All-State first team as a linebacker. Named by the Seattle Times as a “Red Chip” selection as one of the top 29 recruits in the state of Washington. He was the Great Northern League Defensive Most Valuable Player, earning first team all-league honors as a linebacker and second team accolades as a running back. He rushed for 1,158 yards on 131 carries (8.8 yards per carry) with 19 touchdowns. As a junior, Sherritt earned honorable mention All-State honors from WashingtonPreps.com. He was a first team All-GNL running back and second team linebacker. His EWU teammate Ashton Gant (’06) also attended Pullman HS.

Personal: Born 5/2/88 in Truckee, Calif. Health and fitness major.


Year   GP     TT     Hi     S      TL-Yds FF-FR  PBU    I-Yds
2007   10     32     7      0      3-4    0-0    1      1-2
2008   8      54     15     0      10-15  0-0    2      1-48
2009   12     170    24     0      14-20  3-4    4      1-36
Totals 30     256    24     0      27-39  3-4    7      3-86


Top Tackling Performances
24 - Weber State - 10/10/09 (#1 in school history)
18 - Montana State - 10/24/09 (#7 in school history)
17 - Montana - 10/17/09
16 - Stephen F. Austin - 11/28/09
15 - Northern Arizona - 11/21/09
15 - Montana - 10/11/08
15 - Sacramento State - 9/26/09
15 - Northern Colorado - 9/19/09
15 - Western Oregon - 9/5/09


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