Junior linebacker selected to Walter Camp All-America Team after leading FCS in tackles with a school and league record 170
Eastern Washington University junior linebacker J.C. Sherritt has been selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2009 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of FCS schools.
The 2006 graduate of Pullman (Wash.) High School finished the 2009 season as the leader in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision statistics with an average of 14.17 tackles per game. He helped lead Eastern to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the FCS Playoffs -- EWU's fourth berth in the last six seasons.
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.
Sherritt was among four players who were added to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List Oct. 15 by the Sports Network and was on the voting list at the end of the year. The Buchanan Award, which is in its 15th year, is given to the top defensive player in FCS. The award was won in 2008 by Eastern defensive end Greg Peach, now with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.
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, with honorable mention given to Luke Vincent (2002), Anthony Griffin (2001), Evan Brady (1994) and Chris Seidel (1985).
A school-record 24 tackles versus Weber State on Oct. 10, 17 more against Montana on Oct. 17 and 18 against Montana State on Oct. 24 helped move Sherritt into the national lead in tackles. He finished the Weber State game with seven solo stops and 17 assists, breaking the previous school record of 23 set by Belzer against Portland State on Sept. 12, 1998. Two of his tackles against Weber State were for losses and he also had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown.
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 on Sept. 26.
The previous week, he had 15 versus Northern Colorado on Sept. 19 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 against the Bears. Three of the tackles were for losses, including one on a third down play that forced the Bears to punt. He also recovered a fumble, one of four turnovers the Eagles forced in the 16-0 shutout.