Former CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player J.C. Sherritt joins Auburn staff as defensive analyst

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The Auburn University Tigers are adding a former CFL star to their off-the-field staff, bringing on long-time Edmonton linebacker J.C. Sherritt as a defensive analyst, according to a report from FootballScoop’s John Brice.

Sherritt has served as defensive coordinator and linebacker’s coach at California Polytechnic since December of 2019. He began his coaching career earlier that year, retiring from football after an eight-year stint with Edmonton and joining the Calgary Stampeders as linebackers coach during the 2019 campaign.

In Auburn, Sherritt will be reunited with assistant head coach, linebackers coach and defensive run game coordinator Jeff Schmedding, who served as his position coach at Eastern Washington in 2008 and 2009.

Sherritt redshirted in 2006 and played at Eastern Washington from 2007-2010. He set the Big Sky record for most tackles in a season with 170 under Schmedding’s tutelage and improved that mark in 2010 with 176 en route to the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the best defensive player in the FCS. Sherritt lost that record in 2019 as Montana’s Dante Olson notched 179 tackles. 

Sherritt was a member of the Eagles’ FCS national championship team in 2010, the same year he was the Big Sky Conference’s defensive player of the year. He finished his Eagle career with 432 tackles, number four in the Big Sky record book. 

After going unselected in the 2011 NFL Draft, Sherritt signed a free agent contract with Edmonton and played for the Elks for eight seasons. In 109 games, Sherritt accumulated 507 tackles on defence and 45 on special teams with 15 sacks. He also forced 17 fumbles, intercepted 14 passes and scored one touchdown in 2016 on a 43-yard interception return against Ottawa. 

Serving as team captain for five seasons, Sherritt was named CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2012 after breaking the league record for tackles in a season with 130 and helped the Eskimos to the 2015 Grey Cup. In the first game of the 2017 season, Sherritt ruptured his Achilles but bounced back in 2018 by playing all 18 games and recording 100 tackles, including three sacks. 

A native of Truckee, California, Sherritt is a 2006 graduate of Pullman High School in Washington, where he played linebacker and running back. He helped lead his team to a perfect 14–0 record and the State 2A Championship in 2005. He was named state player of the year in 2005.

Sherritt was a three-time Big Sky All-Academic Team member, 2010 ESPN Academic All-American and twice a team captain, Sherritt earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at Eastern Washington in 2011.