Q&A With Auburn CB "Dirty Mike" Sherwood

Walk-on cornerback Michael Sherwood talks about his desire to play football for the Tigers and his path to Auburn.

Michael Sherwood (above) is shown in action in Auburn's spring football game.

Auburn, Ala.--Michael Sherwood, a redshirt sophomore football walk-on, started with the first team defense in Auburn’s A-Day game and led Team Auburn in tackles with six solo stops and one assists.

A three-sport standout at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., who was all-region in baseball and ran track, Sherwood is just 5-9, 168 pounds, but won praise from his teammates for his play this spring.

"He works hard, he's a very dependable player as far as his assignments are concerned," Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said. "He is a physical player, a tough young man that does what he's coached to do, and those guys will help us. They'll play. I don't care if they're a walk-on, a scholarship player, an eight-star or a two-star."

The follow is a Q&A with the Auburn defensive back:

How was it being out there for the first time in a game situation with the first team in the A-Day game?

“Man it’s fun! Going out there in Jordan-Hare with these fans it was a fun experience. I’ve never done that before. It was fun being out there with the guys for sure though.”

Last week Derrick Moncrief mentioned how well you are playing and called you ‘Dirty Mike.’ Where did the nickname come from?

“Dirty Mike, haha. That’s a name that actually started in high school, when I first got to high school in the 9th grade. I don’t know how it got here, but Josh Holsey, I guess, told everybody and it just stuck after that.”

Tell us how you moved up the depth chart to get a chance to play with the first team in the A-Day game?

“I just go to practice every day and work hard, and try my best to do whatever I can to help this team, but you know, God puts you in places and I just try to capitalize on every opportunity that I can. I don’t get many, but you’ve just got to capitalize on the ones that you do.”

How do you think you played in the A-Day game?

“I feel like I did good, but I could have done better. I heard that I led the team in tackles, but I still don’t think that I did as good as I should have.”

You aren’t the biggest guy in the world so talk about what are some of your strengths.

“Quickness. Quickness and jamming. That’s me. Just trying to be quicker than everybody. I know I’m not the biggest person in the world so I don’t try to overpower people at the line. I just try to be like nagging, get in front of you, and stay in front of you, but my size doesn’t really mean anything to me. I’m going to stick my head in there. I’ve got a big heart, man.”

Talk about your decision to walk on and having to work your way into the spot that you are in right now.

“It was an easy decision for me. I have always seen Auburn, ever since Cam did his thing here. I just wanted to be a part of Auburn any way that I could. Then Holsey committed and it was pretty much a done deal for me after that. I just love Auburn. It really is like a total family here. It’s just a great place to be.”

What is your take on how the secondary played this spring.

“We have definitely progressed. We are better than we have been in any of my years here with the addition of Tray (Matthews), with Stephen (Roberts) coming along and Jay (Jonathan) Jones will be back. We are going to be good. We are going to hold our own.”

What do you see this different from a coaching perspective with the new defensive staff?

“We have fun out there. I don’t think that we used to have fun and I think that we are starting to now, and we can just be ourselves. Nobody is tense, nobody is really trying to impress the coaches, everybody is just trying to do their job and have fun out there.”

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