3  Dernice Wherry
Dernice Wherry

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Munford, TN

High School:
Munford HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 200

Position:
FS


Due to his athletic ability and the lack of depth in the defensive secondary, was moved to free safety in spring drills ... Had a pass interception which he returned over 40 yards in the first scrimmage of the spring ...

2000: Returned to his tailback position after lettering in 1999 as a linebacker ... Appeared in eight games for the Tigers in 2000 ... Was the starter at tailback for the Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi games ... Rushed for 35 yards on 13 attempts in the Mississippi State contest ... Also returned one kickoff for 33 yards against the Bulldogs ... Entered the Louisiana-Monroe game after Sugar Sanders injured his ankle and gained a season and career high 75 yards on 17 attempts ... Also caught three passes for 25 yards against the Indians ... Had one kickoff for 17 yards against ULM and totaled 117 all-purpose yards for the night ... Had two pass receptions in the Tennessee game and scored his first career touchdown against the Vols on a 10-yard pass play ... Saw reserve action after Sanders returned to duty ... Finished the season with 46 rushes for 159 yards and 11 pass receptions for 58 yards and one score ... Was credited with five kickoff returns for 92 yards ... Was fifth on the team in all-purpose yards with 309 ... After working with the defense in 1999, returned to his original position of tailback in the spring ... Suffered a severe hamstring pull in the first week of the spring and missed the next three weeks ... Should figure in the mix at tailback this fall ...

1999: With the return of Gerard Arnold, Teofilo Riley and Jeff Sanders, was moved from tailback to outside linebacker for the 1999 season ... Lettered for the Tiger defense while playing in 10 of the team's 11 games ... Was credited with 11 tackles during 1999, including 10 solo tackles ... Opened the season with two tackles against the Ole Miss Rebels ... Best performance of the season came against Tulane where he registered four tackles and one quarterback knockdown ... Had two tackles in the season finale against Cincinnati ... Also logged single tackles in the Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, and Army games ... Did not participate in 1998 ... Worked in the spring as a tailback but had to battle injuries throught spring drills ... Had 24 carries for 31 yards in the spring scrimmages ... Entered the fall as a reserve running back working behind seniors Gerard Arnold and Teofilo Riley ...

1998: Sat out the 1998 season while 1998 season while meeting academic requirements ... Worked as a tailback on the offensive scout team ... Was voted the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award which was presented at the annual Football Banquet ...

Prep: The top running back in the state of Tennessee in 1997 ... Rushed for 2,070 yards during the 1997 season ... Led Munford to the state 5-A championship game ... Named to Tennessee Sports Writers 5A All-State team ... Led West Tennessee in rushing with 2,070 yards ... Averaged 8.2 yards per carry last season ... Rushed the ball 253 times and scored 24 touchdowns ... Averaged 138.0 yards rushing per game ... Led district 7-5A in rushing and average per carry ... Tallied 333 yards rushing in the state playoff game with Germantown ... Had 167 yards rushing in the state championship game against Murfreesboro Riverdale ... Also played defensive back for Munford ... Had four pass interceptions for 95 yards ... Averaged 23.8 yards per interception return ... Had 2,761 yards of total offense in 1997 ... Was a 5-A All-Tennessee selection in football in 1997 ... Was named to the Associated Press 5-A All-State team ... Picked as the state's number 20 prospect by the Chattanooga News Free Press ... Finalist for the Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps Back of the Year ... As a junior was named to the All-Shelby Metro team as a defensive back ... Rushed for 1,145 yards on 151 carries and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior ... Averaged 104.1 yards per game ... Had 179 yards against Oakhaven and 144 against Jackson Central-Merry ... Was an All-District 7-5A selection as a defensive back ... Was ranked fourth in the region in rushing ... Had 10 pass receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns ... Returned seven punts for 139 yards and one touchdown ... Led District 7-5A in kickoff returns ... Had nine returns for 209 yards ... Averaged 23.2 yards per return ... Had three pass interceptions for 54 yards and one touchdown ... As a sophomore rushed for 460 yards on 52 attempts and scored five touchdowns ... Averaged 8.8 yards per attempts as a sophomore ... Had 13 pass receptions for 296 yards and returned four kickoffs for 53 yards ... Career rushing totals read 456 carries for 3,675 yards and 41 touchdowns ... Career average of 8.1 yards per attempt ... Listed by Pigskin Preps' Football Magazine as a Tennessee top prospect ... Played football for coach Darry Marshall at Munford ...

Born: 3/16/79 ... Is the son of Dernice and Pamela Wherry.

Wherry' Statistics

Defense G/S UT AT Tot FR Int Loss Sack
1999 10/0 10 1 11 0 0 0-0 0-0

Rushing G/S No Yds Avg Tds LG
2000 8/2 46 159 3.5 0 32
Receiving G/S No Yds Avg Tds LG
2000 8/2 11 58 5.3 1 19

Wherry' s Career Statistics

Most tackles/Game: 4 vs Tulane ('99)
Most solo tackles/Game: 3 vs Tulane ('99)
Most Rushes/Game: 17 vs LA-Monroe ('00)
Most Yards Rushing/Game: 75 vs LA-Monroe ('00)
Longest Run/Game: 32 vs LA-Monroe ('00)
Most Pass Receptions/Game: 3 vs LA-Monroe ('00)
Most Yards Receiving/Game: 25 vs LA-Monroe ('00)
Most Touchdown Receptions/Game: 1 vs Tennessee ('00)
Long Reception: 19 vs LA-Monroe ('00)

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