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Better Know A Dude 2015: #6 WR Sherm Alston

An all purpose back, what kind of weapon will he be in '15?

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Name: Sherman Alston

Position: Wide Receiver

Number: #6

Year: Sophomore

Height: 5-foot-6

Weight: 163 lbs.

Hometown: Harlem, NY

High School: St. Joseph's

2013 Stats (HS): Earned third-team all-state honors, first-team all-county recognition and first-team All-Non-Public honors as a senior in 2013. Rushed 201 times for 1,197 yards, a 5.9 average and 22 touchdowns in 2013; added 19 catches for 251 yards and a touchdown and totaled 1,689 all-purpose yards. Helped lead Saint Joseph's to three state championships. Concluded his high school career with 2,656 rushing yards. (via

2014 Statistics: Alston had a strong freshman year with 34 rushes for 352 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 16 catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 15 punt returns for 125 yards, averaging 8.33 yards a return.

2015 Projections: As we saw, and USC learned last year, Alston can be a home run threat every time he carries the ball. Addazio used him rushing and catching the ball, and I would expect him to get more touches this season. He is a Percy Harvin-esque type wide receiver, but even smaller, so you won't be seeing him lined up on the outside, instead Alston will be the slot receiver for the Eagles. There were times in 2014 that he disappeared, I expect those lapses to diminish this year. With a more accurate passer like Darius Wade, I think he may see more screen passes as well. On punt returns, Addazio had him fair catching most of the time in 2014; hopefully he will be unleashed more often this season.

2015 Over/Under: 8 touchdowns

How'd He Get Here: A three-star all-purpose back out of St. Joseph's (NJ), Sherman committed to the Eagles over claimed offers from Albany, Bryant, Delaware and New Hampshire. Recruited by Ryan Day.

Twitter Feed: N/A


Uniform History: #6 is the same number worn by former Eagle DB C.J. Jones:

You'll remember #6 as the digit worn by such modern marvels as Jeff Smith (remember him and his lightning speed?) and Larry Lester (who was a good receiver at the end of the Big East era but was always good for at least one holding or pass interference call per game), but its long, rich history dates back to legendary halfback Fred McMenimen in 1924. From 1927-1928, it was actually worn by two offensive linemen - John Convery and Austin Brosnan, who cowore the number in '28. After being idle from 1938-1976, it would become the number of two captains - safety Eric Shorter in 1994 and RaMon Johnson in 2000.

What Does Addazio Think Of Him: "Sherm Alston is a heck of a player kick/punt returner. He is a dynamic athletic with great speed and change of direction."


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Boston College Football 2014: Sherman Alston, RB (Soaring To Glory)