Last year on the way to a 12-1 record the Del Oro defense allowed only eleven points a game. A big part of that success was defensive tackle Bill Sherman. At 6'2 and 285 pounds, Sherman is an old school run stuffer who is attracting the attention of colleges across the country.
PrepCA: What is your favorite thing about playing defensive line?
Bill Sherman: My favorite thing about playing D-line is stuffing any run plays up the middle.
PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?
Bill Sherman: I am 6'2" and 285 lbs.
PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?
Bill Sherman: My greatest football memory is beating Oak Ridge in week one. They were ranked as the number one team in the area.
PrepCA: What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
Bill Sherman: My personal goals for the 2006 season are to increase my tackles to at least 70 and I want at least 10 sacks. As a team I look to win a section championship this year.
PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer? Have you gone to any combines? How did you do?
Bill Sherman: I workout 5 days a week, on an intense weight and plyo program. I will attend the Sacramento State team camp and one other of my choice. I attended the US Army combine in San Antonio but did not perform up to my potential. It was a great experience and allowed me to become acquainted with many talented players from across the country. I learned the things I need to work on and that has helped form some of my workouts for this off season.
PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Bill Sherman: I have worked very hard to improve my strength, increasing both my bench and squat max. I still need to improve my quickness.
PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Bill Sherman: Ben Chandler #33 (MLB/TE) is definitely a player to look out for.
PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Bill Sherman: I respect Ben Chandler because not only is he commanding in every position he plays, but he is a leader on and off the field.
PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Bill Sherman: Regarding playing football in college, I would prefer a college with tradition where I will strive to be a force on the defense.
PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? Who are your top 5?
Bill Sherman: I have received information from many different schools: Sac. State, Boston College, UNLV, UC Berkeley, Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Utah State.
I would have to say my top five would be UNLV, Oregon State, Sac State, Nebraska, and Boise State.
PrepCA: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Bill Sherman: It doesn't really matter to me whether the college I choose is in or out of state. Being close to home would be great, but I have two sisters who played college softball out of state and they had great experiences too.
PrepCA: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
Bill Sherman: The best player I have faced is probably Matt Kopa OT/DE of Elk Grove High School. Matt was a force in his positions because of his size ( 6'6 300lbs, Stanford commit) and his confidence in his play.
PrepCA: Name one team who you really respect and why?
Bill Sherman: One team that I respect is Oak Ridge. You have to respect a team that wins.
PrepCA: What other sports do you play?
Bill Sherman: I am playing golf for my high school. (Bill has a 9 handicap)
PrepCA: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Bill Sherman: Bench: 360 Squat: 475 Clean: 280 40 yd. dash: 5.7 (working on this one!)
PrepCA: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Bill Sherman: I think coach would say I am hard working, intense, and committed to bettering myself and the team.
PrepCA: Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?
Bill Sherman: My favorite pro athlete is Tim Brown. I grew up a Raiders fan and have loved to watch Tim become the best player on the team.
PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?
Bill Sherman: I have heard some great words of advice in my 17 years but these are a couple I like to live by.
"If you believe in yourself, have dedication and pride and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards."Paul "Bear" Bryant (Late, great coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team)
"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."Abraham Lincoln
PrepCA would like to thank Bill and his family along with head coach Casey Taylor for setting up this interview. If anyone would like to contact us about Bill please e-mail me at email@example.com