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June 27, 2012

The Sherman act

Jermaine Sherman juggles fatherhood and being apart of explosive wide receiving group.

Jermaine Sherman made it point to get advice from former teammate, Trey McVay, as often as possible. But the consultations didn’t just pertain to skills showcased at wide receiver.

Sherman also took suggestions on how to juggle playing college football and being a father at the same time.

“He told me, at first, it would be tough,” Sherman said, “but he said it kind of gets easier as they get older. He said, ‘you have to do it for the boys and get your education.’”

Unlike McVay — the father of Sir Prince, Sherman has double the duty at home. The former Wagoner standout and current Northeastern State wideout has twin boys, Ryan and Drake, to take care of.

“It’s tough, but at the same time, it’s fun,” Sherman said, talking about parenthood. “They grow up so fast; I mean, they learn something new every day. They say new words every day.”

When it comes to raising two 20-month-olds, time management is everything.

“It’s tough sometimes, but the education comes [first],” Sherman said. “That’s what going to help me out in the long run to support them boys, so that’s why I’m staying in school and playing football. I’m trying to do it for them.”

Sherman’s dedication to football and class work has not been lost on NSU head coach Kenny Evans.

“Jermaine has a lot of irons in the fire,” Evans said. “He does what he can to support his two boys.”

At 6 feet, 3 inches and 187 pounds, Sherman is primed to be one of many big targets at wide receiver for quarterback Johnny Deaton in 2012. Teaming up with Sherman will be Montra Nelson (6-3), Jahmai Coleman (6-2) and Cruz Williams (6-4), making the RiverHawks’ wide receiving group one of the tallest in Division II football.

“Our receiving core, it’s gonna be nasty,” said Sherman, who will also be teamed up with Tahlequah alum, Chucky Bryant, too. “Like, we’re all good; there’s no first and no second team. We’re just all going to rotate because we’re all good.”

Evans also has little reservations about Deaton’s targets.

“All of our wide receivers could make big plays at any point,” said Evans, going into his fifth season at the helm. “It’s an outstanding receiving core. But hopefully (Sherman) is in (the locker room) encouraging the offensive lineman, because otherwise we might not get to see those wide receivers.”

During his junior campaign, Sherman was the RiverHawks’ second-leading receiver with 36 catches, 541 yards and five touchdowns. His production, though, was dwarfed — like other NSU receivers — compared to McVay’s gaudy statistics.

“Jermaine had a really good year last year,” Evans said. “I thought he was just overshadowed by Trey.”

Having one of Division II’s premier wide receivers as his teammate, Sherman didn’t think twice about seeking pointers from McVay about how to excel at wideout.

“He had been here four years, so he knew the ins and outs,” Sherman said. “So I learned a lot from Trey McVay. He’s a good guy. He taught me how to run my routes better and how to read coverages better.”

Evans admitted that Sherman has had his bouts with discipline issues, including being left off the spring roster in April. But Sherman has paid for his sins.

“He’s been in the doghouse a couple of times, but he’s done what he’s needed to get out,” Evans said. “Hopefully he can have a good senior year.”

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