How JD Sherrod led Briarcrest’s football offense despite moving in a week before the start of the season

JD Sherrod had little time to get to grips with Briarcrest’s Christian football attack.

How short? One week.

“We moved to Memphis a week before the start of the season last year,” Sherrod said. “The football part was very easy for me, so it was really a good situation for me.”

And the final 2021 stats confirmed that for Sherrod. He threw for 2,325 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Saints, while rushing for 522 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s also No. 9 on The Commercial Appeal’s Dandy Dozen, a collection of the Memphis-area’s top college football prospects for the Class of 2023, as selected by the newspaper.

His junior season came after he combined for 2,131 total rushing yards as a sophomore at Cypress Lake in Fort Myers, Fla. to help the Panthers win their first state playoff game.

“His ability to learn and take it all in…he’s just a great student of the game,” Briarcrest coach Brian Stewart said. “He’s a gym rat on the football pitch. He loves the game, he loves competition – and we’re delighted to have him.

JD Sherrod of Briarcrest Christian on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis.

JD Sherrod of Briarcrest Christian on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis.

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Life at high speed

The exterior was a variety of colors, his father, David, recalled of how JD fell in love with cars.

“I remember when JD was a little boy, and he used to collect all these little Chevron cars,” David said. “He was literally playing with cars for hours.”

Years passed and David, a former offensive lineman at Memphis in the late 90s, offered JD the NASCAR racing experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Against my better judgment as a parent, we released him,” he said. “Well, he just started bumping into people. It just starts to smoke people around this track. We have videos of that. It’s crazy.”

In the right place at the right time

The exterior was cherry red, as his mother, Amie, remembers exactly how JD stumbled upon his dream car – a Ford Mustang.

“We were looking for a car for him, and you can’t really find that car in good condition, or near you, or at a good price,” she said. “I was looking on Facebook Marketplace and there was this 1989 convertible in amazing condition for $6,000 – very cheap for a good car.”

The purchase came before Sherrod got his driver’s license. There was also this question of learning to drive a 5-speed.

“So he has this dream car that he always wanted. It’s like his baby,” said Amie, a former volleyball player in Memphis. “He loves this car and he would drive it every day. if we let it. But it’s old and it consumes a lot of gasoline.

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“It’s a special edition,” JD said. “One in 110. We were very lucky with that.”

The Future Troy Trojan

JD committed to Troy on July 1 after also considering Western Kentucky, South Georgia and Miami, Ohio.

“It wasn’t something I was really rushing into,” Sherrod said. “I just felt like it was the right call. I felt like I wasn’t going to find anything unless something amazing happened, like (Ole Miss coach ) Lane Kiffin calls me in the middle of the season, I just didn’t want to procrastinate and lose a spot somewhere – I just felt like Troy was the best choice for me and my family.

With JD at quarterback last season, Briarcrest went 9-2, losing to Christian Brothers 35-33 in the second round of the TSSAA Division II-AAA playoffs.

“The most important thing about commitment is getting rid of him so he can be a good teammate and help the team get to where it needs to be at the end,” David said. “You want them to focus on the goals that they have in place.

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Briarcrest football QB JD Sherrod, a Troy pledge, is a big car fan

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