Will once again compete with Doug White for the top spot at placekicker Consistent kicker who has enjoyed a solid career UMass all-time leader in career field goal percentage (.681), while ranking second in career extra points made (79) and fifth in career field goals made (15) Has played in 32 career games.
2000: Split time with Doug White at placekicker Saw action in 10 games Hit 15 of 19 extra point attempts and one field goal on the season Made a pair of extra points at Rhode Island Was good on all three of his extra point attempts against Villanova Hit both of his extra point attempts against AIC Had a 21-yard field goal and one extra point at Richmond Made two of three extra point attempts against William & Mary Named to the Athletic Directors Honor Roll in the fall semester.
1999: Shared the placekicking duties with Doug White Saw action in every game Connected on eight of 11 field goal attempts and 28 of 30 extra points Ranked third on the team in scoring with 52 points Finished the year fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in field goal percentage, sixth in extra point percentage, eighth in scoring by kickers and ninth in field goals made Placed eighth on the UMass single-season lists for extra points made and ninth for field goals made Hit a career-long 34-yard field goal at Furman in the NCAA first round, while also making both of his extra point attempts His field goal at Furman is the longest field goal in UMass postseason history Made a 28-yard field goal and all four of his extra point attempts against Connecticut Connected on a 30-yard field goal at William & Mary, while also making his only extra point attempt Hit on a 25-yard field goal at Richmond, in addition to making both of his extra point attempts Made a 23-yard field goal against Rhode Island, while also hitting on a pair of extra points Hit a 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give UMass the lead at Delaware, while also making two of three extra point attempts Made a 27-yard field goal at Maine, while also hitting on all three of his extra point attempts Connected on all six of his extra point attempts against Northeastern Named to the Athletic Directors Honor Roll in the spring semester.
1998: The starting placekicker for the final nine games of the season Converted 36 of 43 extra point attempts, while also connecting on six of nine field goal attempts His 36 extra points were the second-highest single-season total in school history Totaled 54 points on the year, ranking third on the team Made all seven of his extra point attempts against Georgia Southern in the NCAA championship game, while also connecting on field goals of 22 and 25 yards His seven extra points against Georgia Southern set an NCAA championship game record and a UMass postseason single-game record Connected on five of six extra point attempts at Northwestern State (La.) Made field goals of 33 and 25 yards against Lehigh in the NCAA quarterfinals, while also converting all three of his extra point attempts His 33-yard field goal against Lehigh ranked as the longest by a Minuteman in a postseason game at the time Converted all three of his extra point attempts at McNeese State Made seven of eight extra points against Maine, tying school single-game records for most extra points made and attempted Hit a key 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of the Rhode Island game to break a 13-13 tie, while also hitting on two of three extra point attempts Was successful on three of four extra point attempts at New Hampshire Nailed a 28-yard field goal against Villanova on his first career attempt, while also hitting four of five extra point attempts Named to the Athletic Directors Honor Roll in the spring semester.
Before UMass: Played for Mark Farabee at Butler High School Three-year letterwinner who set 10 school kicking records during his high school career Led all Western Pennsylvania kickers in scoring (55 points) and field goals made (10 of 12) during his senior campaign The 10 field goals made were the second-highest single-season total in Western Pennsylvania high school history Also converted 25 of 27 extra point attempts as a senior Three-time Quad A All-Conference selection, earning first team honors during his senior season Only kicker honored on the Butler Eagle Sweet 16 All-Star team Three-time Player of the Week by the Butler Eagle Team Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, sharing the honor with Troy Nunes who is now at Syracuse Made the switch to football from soccer prior to his freshman year in high school.
Personal: Full name is Jason Anthony Cherry Son of Ken and LuAnn Cherry Born July 26, 1980, in Butler, Pa. Majoring in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation.
Cherrys Placekicking Statistics
Cherry's Career Highs
Points 13 vs. Georgia Southern, 12/19/98 Field Goals Made 2 vs. Lehigh , 12/5/98 2 vs. Georgia Southern, 12/19/98 Field Goal Attempts 3 vs. Lehigh, 12/5/98 Long Field Goal Made 34 vs. Furman, 11/27/99 Extra Points Made 7 vs. Maine, 11/14/98 7 vs. Georgia Southern, 12/19/98 Extra Point Attempts 8 vs. Maine, 11/14/98