NSU football notebook: Sherman, surpasses yardage milestone
Just imagine if Jermaine Sherman hadn’t played along side Trey McVay. Sherman’s career numbers could be staggering.
However, McVay left as the school’s record holder in many pass-receiving categories.
Sherman, though, is still in Tahlequah and leading Northeastern State in the passing game this season.
The 6-foot-3, 187-pound wide receiver leads the RiverHawks in receptions (39), receiving yardage (513) and receiving touchdowns (four). And in NSU’s win over Central Missouri last Saturday, Sherman became just the fourth player to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark since NSU joined the Division II ranks in 1998.
“In today’s offense, you’re not just throwing to one guy all the time,” Northeastern State head coach Kenny Evans said. “(Jermaine) has been a steady player for us the last two years.”
Sherman also came up with a big grab against Central Missouri in the RiverHawks’ first win of the season, catching a 64-yard pass on fourth-and-10 to prolong NSU’s final scoring drive to go ahead for good.
Much like Sherman, NSU running back Joel Rockmore went past the 1,000-yard mark against Central Missouri.
Rockmore ran for 121 yards and a go-ahead, 19-yard score against the Mules.
By surpassing the yardage mark, Rockmore became the fifth NSU player to rush for 1,000-plus yards since NSU started competing at the Division II level.
“At the start of the season, Rock’ wasn’t cleared because of a medical condition,” Evans said. “But once he was cleared, we felt good about the three backs we had, and in this league you have to have more than one that can play.”
In six games this season, Rockmore, a sophomore, has rushed for 603 yards and six touchdowns on 100 carries.
“Over the next three games and the two years to follow, I know we’re going to see some great things from Rock’,” Evans said. “That’s also a credit to the people around him.”
Northeastern State will play in Bolivar, Mo., against Southwest Baptist. The two MIAA clubs will kick off at 1 p.m. at Plaster Stadium.
NSU enters the game 1-6 overall and in the MIAA, while Southwest Baptist is 1-7 and 1-7.
This will be the third meeting between the two schools.