How JD Sherrod led Briarcrest’s football offensive despite drafting a week before the start of the season

JD Sherrod had little time to familiarize himself with the Briarcrest Christian Football offense.

How short? One week.

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

And the final 2021 stats backed that up for Sherrod. He threw for 2,325 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Saints while rushing for 522 yards and seven TDs. He is also #9 on the Dandy Dozen of The Commercial Appeal, a collection of the top Memphis-area college football prospects for the Class of 2023 as selected by the newspaper.

His junior season came after he totaled 2,131 yards of offense 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 understand everything… he’s just a great student of the game,” said Brian Stewart, Briarcrest coach. “He’s a sports rat on the football field. He loves the game, he loves to compete – and we’re tickled to death to have him.”

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

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

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The exterior came in a variety of colors, his father David recalls when JD first 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 would literally play with cars for hours.”

Years passed and David, a former Memphis offensive lineman 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 passing people. He just starts smoking people around this distance. We have videos of it. It’s crazy.”

Right place, right time

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

“We’ve been looking for a car for him and you can’t really find that car in good condition or anywhere near where you live or at a good price,” she said. “I searched Facebook Marketplace and there was this ’89 convertible in incredible condition for $6,000 – dirt cheap for a good car.”

The purchase was made before Sherrod received his driver’s license. It was also about learning how to drive a 5 speed.

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

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

The future Troy Trojan

JD signed for Troy on July 1 after also considering Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern and Miami (Ohio).

“It wasn’t something I really jumped at,” Sherrod said. “I just felt like it was the right thing to do. I felt like I wouldn’t find anything unless something amazing happened like (Ole Miss Coach) Lane Kiffin calling me mid-season. I just didn’t want to hesitate and lose a spot anywhere – I just felt that Troy was the best choice for me and my family.”

With JD as quarterback last season, Briarcrest won 9-2 and lost to Christian Brothers 35-33 in the second round of the TSSAA Division II-AAA playoffs.

“The most important thing about the signing is getting that out of the way so he can be a good teammate and help the team end up where it needs to be,” David said. “They want them to focus on those goals they’ve moved out.”

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Briarcrest Football QB JD Sherrod, a member of Troy, is a big fan of cars

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