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20 Shernard Newby
Shernard  Newby


Dendron, Va.

High School:
Surry County H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 208



WORTH NOTING: Returning starter at safety ... one of the most experienced players in the defensive secondary with 26 career starts under his belt ... was the only member of the secondary to start every game last season ??his five interceptions last fall are the most by a Cavalier since Percy Ellsworth and Paul London (younger brother of UVa?s current defensive line coach Mike London) each had six in 1995 ? all five of his interceptions came in conference play ??leads all active ACC players with eight career interceptions, all coming in ACC games ... missed spring minicamp due to offseason shoulder surgery but is expected to be at full strength in time for training camp ? received his degree in sociology in December of 2001 and will compete this season as a graduate student.

HONORS: 2002?Received the Hedley M. Bowen Football Scholarship. 2001? Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association.

AT VIRGINIA: 2001?Started all 12 games at safety ? also saw action on a variety of special teams ? team leader with five interceptions, the most by a Cavalier since 1995 ? second in the ACC in interceptions ? made a career-high 60 tackles, second among Cavalier defensive backs ? had at least five tackles in nine games ? opened with a six-tackle performance against Wisconsin ? five tackles, all solos, and an interception in a big win at Clemson ? seven tackles, including six solo, against Maryland ? had a career-high nine tackles vs. Florida State ? also intercepted a pass in that game ? five tackles against N.C. State and Wake Forest ? intercepted a pass in the Wake Forest game to set up the Cavaliers? first touchdown ? four tackles and an interception in the win over Georgia Tech ? his interception came on the final drive and clinched the Cavaliers? victory ? six stops against Virginia Tech and five vs. Penn State ? lettered for the third time. 2000?Started all 11 regular season games from his safety spot ? also started against Georgia in the Jeep O?ahu Bowl ... was third among the team?s defensive backs with 45 tackles ? intercepted one pass and broke up three others ??had four tackles against both Brigham Young and Richmond to open the season ? intercepted a Duke pass in the end zone to end a scoring chance and also broke up another Blue Devil pass ... had four tackles and broke up a pass vs. Wake Forest ? seven tackles and broke up a pass vs. defending national champion Florida State ? career-high eight tackles in win over North Carolina ? also recovered a fumble in that game ? followed that with seven tackles vs. Georgia Tech ... was in on four tackles against Georgia in the Jeep O?ahu Bowl ... lettered. 1999?Promising defensive back who played in every game ? saw a great deal of action early in the season and started against Clemson in the second week ? his time decreased with the return of Antwan Harris and Dwayne Stukes midway through the season, but he started against Illinois in the Bowl due to an injury to Chris Williams ? was in on 33 tackles on the season ? also had two interceptions, broke up two passes and caused a fumble ? made four tackles, all solo stops, in his debut against North Carolina ? also had an interception ? his interception came deep in Tar Heel territory late in the third quarter and set up a Virginia touchdown two plays later ? was in on six tackles, including one for a loss, against Clemson in his first start ? added an interception against Wake Forest in the first home game ? made five tackles in a big win over Brigham Young in Provo ? four tackles against Virginia Tech and Duke ? had a career-high seven tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, in the final regular season game against Maryland ? had three tackles and caused a fumble against Illinois in the bowl game ... lettered for the first time. 1998?Red-shirted ? did not see any game action ? in uniform against Maryland, San Jose State and North Carolina.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played football at Surry County High School for head coach Willie Gillus ... started three seasons in the Cougars? defensive backfield, while starting two years at wide receiver and one year at quarterback ... chosen first-team All-State at defensive back and named Region Player of the Year as a senior ... twice named team?s Defensive Back of the Year ... rated among the top 25 football prospects in Virginia by the Roanoke Times ... selected to Charlottesville Daily Progress ?Gold List? ... as a senior, completed 131 of 247 passes for 2,641 yards and 22 touchdowns ... also rushed for 597 yards on 111 carries and caught 10 passes for 119 yards ... defensively, he was in on 22 tackles, recovered four fumbles and made nine interceptions ... led his team to the Group-A Division I title game where he completed 15 of 25 passes for 177 yards ... as a junior, he caught 36 passes for 580 yards and eight touchdowns, completed six of 12 passes for 116 yards and rushed for 56 yards on 14 carries ... on defense, he was in on 26 tackles, recovered two fumbles and made four interceptions ... in 1996, Surry County compiled a 13-1 record and was the Group-A Division I runner-up ... during his sophomore season, he caught 20 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns ... completed 17 of 19 passes for 223 yards ... defensively, he was in on 13 tackles and made two interceptions ... lettered as a guard in basketball ... scored 1,700 career points ... 1998 District Player of the Year and first-team All-Region ... selected team captain three times ... named Most Valuable Player on USA Junior National team ... lettered in track and field ... member of first-place 400-meter relay team and placed third in the discus at the district meet ... lettered as an outfielder in baseball and led the team in stolen bases ... received the Dr. C.P. Penn Award three times as the school?s Athlete of the Year.

PERSONAL: Shernard Cortez Newby ... born 3-21-80 in Williamsburg, Va. ... son of Sheryl Newby ... has a younger brother, Mario (14) ... active as a 4-H youth counselor, assistant superintendent for Sunday School and president of his church?s youth department and junior choir ... selected to Who?s Who Among American High School Students and Who?s Who Among American High School Athletes ... received his undergraduate degree in sociology in December of 2001.

Newby Defensively

Year GP Plys. S A Tot. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int. BlK
1999 11 392 18 15 33 3/-9 0 0 1 2 2 0
2000 11 693 32 13 45 0 0 1 0 3 1 0
2001 12 840 35 25 60 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Career 34 1925 85 53 138 3/-9 0 1 1 7 8 0


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