Seven Northwestern alums on 53-man rosters to begin the year
Career: Talented cornerback who earned an postseason all-star invite to the 2010 East-West Shrine Game (was unable to participate in the game due to injury) ... Invited to the NFL's 2010 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis ... Has tremendous football instincts ... Possesses skills that "you can't coach" ... Positioned sixth (tied with Willie Lindsey) on NU's career interceptions list with nine ... Ranks third on NU's career pass breakups list with 30 ... Despite being hampered with leg injuries his senior season, played in 10 of 13 games and was named team's 2009 Defensive MVP ... An outstanding special teams player.
2009: Team co-captain ... First-team All-Big Ten selection by media and second-team all-league choice by coaches ... Team's 2009 Defensive Most Valuable Player ... Named the Tri-County Male Athlete of the Year by his hometown Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame ... Tabbed a second-team preseason All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele's ... Finished with 37 tackles and a team-best five interceptions in 10 games ... Ranked first in Big Ten and eighth nationally in interceptions (0.5 per game) ... Had a string of 30 consecutive starts until sitting out Eastern Michigan and Syracuse games with a leg injury ... Wildcats went 7-3 with him in the lineup ... Three tackles and a highlight-reel interception (late in the first half) vs. Auburn ... Four stops in Senior Day win over Wisconsin ... Sealed NU's win vs. Illinois with an acrobatic interception in the final minute ... Finished with five tackles vs. the Illini and was named team's co-defensive big playmaker of the week ... Notched six tackles and one pass breakup in upset of No. 4 Iowa ... One tackle and one pass breakup vs. Indiana before leaving the game with an injury that forced him to sit out the Penn State game ... Posted five stops (four solo) at Michigan State ... One interception vs. Miami ... Also forced a fumble, broke up two passes and had three tackles vs. the RedHawks ... One interception and one tackle at Purdue ... His interception at Purdue jump-started the Wildcats as they reeled off 24 unanswered points following the takeaway and posted a 27-21 win ... Returned from a two-game absence due to injury against Minnesota and tied for second on the team with nine tackles while recording one interception ... One pass breakup vs. Towson ... Academic All-Big Ten ... 2010 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar recipient.
2008: Consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten selection ... Finished fourth on team with 67 tackles and first on squad with 14 passes defended, which is tied for fifth in the Big Ten and 38th nationally ... Three tackles in 2008 Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri ... Five stops and one interception vs. Illinois, earning team defensive big playmaker honors ... At Michigan, set a career high with three pass breakups and finished with three tackles ... One tackle against Ohio State ... Led NU with eight tackles (seven solos) at Minnesota ... At Indiana, notched six tackles and one pass breakup ... Against Purdue, tallied five stops, one forced fumble and his first INT of 2008 ... Four solo tackles vs. MSU ... Team co-leader with 11 tackles and a pass breakup at Iowa ... Notched four tackles and one pass breakup against Ohio ... Earned three tackles and one pass breakup against Southern Illinois ... Also returned his first kickoff of the year for 31 yards, upping his career total to 1,337 return yards ... Totaled 10 tackles at Duke ... Also had a pass breakup ... Racked up a career-best nine solo tackles against the Blue Devils ... Named team's defensive player of the game vs. Duke ... Registered four tackles and one pass breakup vs. Syracuse ... Tied for 38th in the Big Ten with 5.2 tackles per game.
2007: Starter at cornerback ... Returned kickoffs in 10 games (first four, last six) ... Ranked sixth in the Big Ten with a 23.2 ypr average ... Led team with 10 tackles (six solos), as well as two TFL's (loss of 5 yards) in win over Northeastern ... Averaged 29.7 yards per return (three kickoffs) vs. Nevada ... Totaled eight tackles (seven solos) and a TFL versus the Wolf Pack ... Four tackles vs. Duke ... Credited with two solo tackles at Ohio State before leaving the game in the first half with a concussion ... Returned the following week to record seven tackles (five solos), as well as two pass breakups against Michigan ... Five tackles at MSU ... Rang up nine tackles, a forced fumble and pass deflection vs. Minnesota ... Six tackles, including a 0.5 TFL, and a QB hurry vs. EMU ... Six solo tackles, including a TFL, at Purdue ... 49-yard KO return vs. the Boilers ... Eight tackles vs. Iowa including a sack and 2.0 TFL's ... Six tackles and a pass deflection vs. Indiana ... Four tackles at Illinois ... Finished third on team with 75 tackles ... Also had 6.5 TFL's and led team with six pass breakups.
2006: Named to Sporting News' Freshman All-Big Ten team ... Team's NGN Special Teams Newcomer of the Year Award recipient ... True freshman ... Named the team's special teams player of the week for five consecutive weeks (Eastern Michigan through Purdue) and seven overall ... Earned his sixth and seventh such honors for performances at Michigan and Iowa ... Made his first start on defense, playing the team's nickel back against Purdue ... Started three games (Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State) at cornerback ... Handled team's kickoff return duties ... Ranked seventh in the Big Ten with a kickoff return average of 21.0 ... Had six kickoff returns for 30 or more yards ... Versus Wisconsin, returned three kicks for 101 yards ... One of his returns went for a season-long 47 yards, eclipsing the 45-yarder he had at Nevada ... Had his appendix removed two days after returning kicks against Miami (Ohio) in the season opener ... Missed the New Hampshire game ... Returned to action against Eastern Michigan and had two kickoff returns, including a career-long 40-yard return ... Suffered a broken right hand in practice on Sept. 18, but returned four days later to play at Nevada ... Six kickoff returns for 95 yards at Penn State ... 55 yards on four kickoff returns vs. Purdue ... Had just one return vs. MSU (15 yards) ... Four tackles vs. Michigan, and had a forced fumble on special teams ... Returned two kicks at Iowa for 57 yards ... Five tackles and a breakup on defense ... Earned his first career interception against Ohio State's Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith ... Added three tackles and two pass breakups vs. the Buckeyes.
High School: A versatile performer who earned team MVP and all-state honors (played eight different positions his senior year) ... Earned all-state honors from the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and Illinois Football Coaches Association ... A first-team Peoria Journal Star all-area and all-conference selection, as well, in 2005 ... Helped the Knights earn a berth in the Illinois state playoffs three consecutive years ... Primarily played tailback and defensive back for Richwoods ... Also a dangerous kick and punt returner ... Earned a spot in the IFCA's Shriners All-Star game ... Won the Illinois state long jump his junior year ... One of several Northwestern players to come out of Richwoods High -- Dan and Ed Sutter are two other Richwoods' alums ... Coached by Doug Simper.
Personal: Born Sherrick Terravis McManis ...Son of Cindy and John White ... Communication studies major.