What J.C. Sherritt accomplished at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision level is happening again with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.
A second-year pro, the former Eastern Washington University linebacker has been selected as the CFL Defensive Player of the Month for July. He has a league-leading 41 tackles, including three for losses, a forced fumble and two special teams tackles. The 2010 winner of the Buck Buchanan Award is currently on pace to break the single-season record for tackles of 129, set by Calvin Tiggle of the Toronto Argonauts in 1994.
In his most recent outing against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on July 26, Sherritt finished with 10 tackles in a 23-22 loss. It was a performance that earned Sherritt CFL Defensive Player of the Week honors – the second time in five games this season he's been given that award.
Sherritt and the Eskimos are off this week, but will be back in action Aug. 10 when they host the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Eskimos went into their break with a 3-2 record, tied with the Roughriders and B.C. Lions for the top spot in the West Division. So far this season, the Eskimos have allowed the fewest points in the league, giving up an average of just 15.8 per contest.
At Eastern, Sherritt was a two-time consensus All-American and ended his career as a national champion. Eastern defeated Delaware 20-19 on Jan. 7, 2011, in Frisco, Texas, to capture the 2010 NCAA Division I title in his final game as an Eagle. He finished with a school-record 432 tackles in his 47-game career (35 as a starter) to rank second in Big Sky history and 10th all-time in the FCS.
On the eve of the title game, Sherritt was awarded the Buck Buchanan Award presented by The Sports Network to the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. Sherritt finished his senior season with 176 tackles, which ranked sixth in FCS history and bettered his own league and school records from 2009 when he finished with 170 tackles.