Sherritt, Zuber Earn Big Sky Player of the Week Honors
Sherritt also honored nationally as the two juniors help the 19th-Ranked Eagles record their first shutout at Woodward Field since 1983
Junior linebacker J.C. Sherritt and punter Cameron Zuber have been honored by the Big Sky Conference as players of the week for their contributions to Eastern Washington University's 16-0 victory over Northern Colorado last Saturday (Sept. 19). Sherritt was also selected as one of four National All-Stars by College Sporting News for his effort against the Bears.
The victory helped Eastern improve from 21st to 19th in this week's Sports Network NCAA Football Championship Subdivision poll. Eastern held the Bears to a 0-of-4 performance on fourth down, 4-of-14 on third down and had four sacks.
Sherritt, a junior who graduated from Pullman (Wash.) High School in 2006, was the league's defensive player of the week. He equaled the 16th-most tackles in school history with 16 versus the Bears, including three for losses. He also recovered a fumble, one of four turnovers the Eagles forced. Sherritt leads the Big Sky and ranks ninth in FCS with an average of just over 12 tackles per game (total of 37).
"J.C. has played great in three-straight games," said head coach Beau Baldwin. "He has consistently been in double-digit tackles and is always around the ball. He's a great player and a great leader for us."
In his just third collegiate game, Zuber earned special teams player of the week honors from the league. He punted seven times for a 39.1 average against the Bears, with five downed inside the UNC 20-yard line.
He had a 64-yard punt that equaled the eighth-longest in school history, and the average field position for the Bears after six of his punts was their own 19. On his seventh punt, Eastern forced a fumble on the return and took over at the UNC 6-yard line before scoring for a 13-0 lead.
Zuber, who is averaging 39.1 yards in 13 punts thus far this season, has been attending EWU since he graduated in 2006 from W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Wash. But this is his first season as an Eagle football player. He originally walked-on in spring 2007 but did not make the team. He then returned this fall through the recommendation of Eastern tight end Nathan Overbay, who is 2005 graduate of W.F. West.
"He's getting better every day," said Baldwin of Zuber. "He's had a few really good kicks and is doing a great job. We consistently gave our defense great field position to work with, and when our punters do a good job of pinning them back there, it makes it hard on opponents to have to go 80-plus yards to score."
Sherritt and Zuber helped Eastern record its first shutout 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.