86   Jason Cherry
Jason Cherry


Butler, Pa.

High School:
Butler H.S.



The top returning placekicker for the Minutemen ? Consistent kicker who is looking to build on a solid freshman campaign ? Tied for 10th all-time at UMass with six career field goals ? Has played in nine career games.

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 ? 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 is the longest ever by a Minuteman in a postseason game ? Converted all three of his extra point attempts at McNeese State ? Made seven out of eight extra points against Maine, tying the 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 Director's Honor Roll in the spring of 1999. 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.

Cherry's Career 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	33	vs. Lehigh, 12/5/98	
	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
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