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 Director?s 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 Director?s 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 Director?s 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.
Cherry?s 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