Awards and Honors
2019: STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 4)…OVC Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 3)…TSWA Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 5)…Played in all 12 games while earning three starts for the Skyhawks at linebacker…Compiled 83 total tackles, including 35 solos and 48 assists…Notched 9.0 tackles for loss totaling 39 yards…Tallied 4.0 sacks…Recorded a forced fumble against Austin Peay (Nov. 9)…Notched nine quarterback hurries – including a season-high five against Jacksonville State (Nov. 2)…Tallied six pass breakups – including a season-high three against Northwestern State (Aug. 29)…Blocked a kick against Northwestern State…Eclipsed double figures in tackles against Tennessee Tech (Oct. 12), Jacksonville State (Nov. 2) and Austin Peay (Nov. 9)…Tallied five tackles for more in nine of 12 games…Tallied 3.5 tackles for loss – including 1.5 sacks – against Southeast Missouri (Oct. 26)…Notched tackles for loss against Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 5), Tennessee Tech (Oct. 12), Southeast Missouri (Oct. 26), Jacksonville State (Nov. 2), Austin Peay (Nov. 9) and Tennessee State (Nov. 16).
- STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week (11/4/19)
- OVC Defensive Player of the Week (11/3/19)
- TSWA Defensive Player of the Week (11/5/19)
BEFORE UTM: Joins the Skyhawks from Grambling State where he played one season for head coach Broderick Fobbs…He played in six games for the Tigers where he compiling 15 total tackles, including nine solos and six assists…Notched 3.5 tackles for loss totaling 13 yards…Recorded two sacks and an interception…Spent one season at Coahoma Community College where he was named to the MACJC All-State North first team defense…Combined for 104 total tackles, including 72 solos and 32 assists…Notched eight tackles for loss…Tabbed MACJC Defensive MVP, MACJC Linebacker of the Year, NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American and named to NJCAA Region 24 Defensive Team…Originally signed with Texas before transferring to South Florida in 2015…Tallied 30 tackles in 2016, helping the Bulls to a 10-2 record and a berth in the Birmingham Bowl under head coach Willie Taggert….Prepped at Victory Christian Academy where he played for head coach Tommy Lewis…Named Small School Defensive Player of the Year by the Lakeland Ledger…Posted 160 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior…Named to the first team all-county twice…Selected to the Ledger’s Super 16…Tallied 90 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a junior at Frostproof High School...Ranked No. 12 among inside linebackers in the nation…Four-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports.
PERSONAL: Born on Oct. 10, 1995...Son of Winston D Cherry and Tami Flint...Has 19 siblings...Graduated from Grambling State with a degree in criminal justice…Pursuing a graduate degree in secondary education...Comes from a deep NFL bloodline of Ray Lewis (NFL Hall of Fame; Godfather), Warren Sapp (NFL Hall of Fame; uncle), Demetrius Cherry (brother), Travis Henry (uncle), and Alvin Harper (uncle).
When it comes to hard hitting, striking fear in an opponent, getting inside the head of multiple players on the other side of the field, and just having a nose for where the play is going to be and then having the talent to just decimate an opponent, Ray Lewis was that guy. He struck fear within the offensive line, quarterback, and running backs for a generation in the National Football League. Well, there is an up and coming linebacker that possess that same type of fear and his name is Cecil Cherry. Cecil Cherry was an All-American Linebacker that came out of Frostproof High School in the State of Florida. He was regarded as one of the best linebackers as well as an All-American Linebacker with offers to over 20 universities.
Everywhere he went, he set the tone at the linebacker position and was just a natural and finding the holes and rocketing towards the ball with a mentality of dismantling the opponent. And also, just a nugget of information, Ray Lewis is Cecil Cherry’s Godfather. He comes from a legacy of great players.
Evidence of his play resulted in career statistics that solidified his place as one of the greatest middle linebackers to ever play the game:Cecil CherryCollege: South Florida
Height: 6-0 Weight: 240
Hometown: Frostproof, FL
High School: Victory Christian Academy
Previous College(s): TexasRay LewisCollege: Miami
Height: 6-1 Weight: 240
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
Tackles 2,061 Sacks 41.5 Pass Deflections: 67 Interceptions: 31 Forced Fumbles: 17 Fumble Recoveries: 2 Defensive TD's 3Cecil Cherry’s stats are as follows:
SEASON TEAM 2016 USF 2018 GRAM 2019 UTM
TOT SOLO AS PD SACK FF INT YDS TD 30 19 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 37 1 16 6 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 50 27 23 0 0 1 1 37 1
Cecil has the same tenacity, drive, and that talent that just screams that he is a “football Player”. Mr. Ray Lewis was not fast, but he was quick and decisive to the ball and had great technique. Mr. Cherry may not have blazing speed, but he has the same qualities as Mr. Lewis and if given a chance, he could one day duplicate what Mr. Lewis has accomplished. To pass up on this type of talent would not look good for scouts to pass up.
Please view his highlights to gauge his play as it compares to Mr. Lewis: https://youtu.be/dOfpNCYlrPg