68  Joey Gerda
Joey Gerda

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Kennesaw, GA

High School:
Harrison HS

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 280

Position:
Offensive Guard

Experience:
2L


Entered the spring of 2001 as the starter at right tackle ... Will play a major role in the play of the offensive line this fall ...

2000: Saw his most extended playing time in the fall of 2000 ... Became a part time starter at offensive guard after the injury to Josh Eargle ... Was the starter in the Army, Southern Mississippi, East Carolina and UAB games ... Had a season high 77 snaps in the Tigers win over East Carolina ... Played 59 snaps in the win over Army at West Point ... Played 49 snaps at Southern Mississippi and 39 plays at UAB ... Finished the season working 284 of the team's 785 total offensive plays ... Also played 22 special teams snaps for Memphis in the fall of 2000 ... After lettering as a defensive tackle in the fall of 1999, was moved to offensive guard in the spring ... Will work at left guard this fall ... Injured his shoulder in the spring and missed the Blue-Gray game ... Has good foot speed ...

1999: Did not play in the first four games of the 1999 season ... Saw his first collegiate action in the Tennessee game ... Played in all six games after Tennessee ... Logged five tackles, two tackles for lost yardage (-13 yards) and one quarterback sack through seven games ... Gained his first college tackle in the Missouri contest ... Was credited with one tackle and one quarterback sack in the Memphis win over UAB ... Had two stops and another tackle for lost yardage in the Tigers' win over Tulane ... Was impressive in spring drills ... Worked as a defensive tackle in the spring and moved up to the number two position behind starter Calvin Lewis ... Was credited with six tackles, one tackle for lost yardage and one quarterback sack in the spring scrimmages ...

1998: Spent the fall of 1998 working with the defensive scout team while being redshirted ... Worked as a defensive tackle behind Marquis Bowling ...

Prep: Was a three year starter for Harrison High School ... Was named 1st team All-Cobb County in football ... Played defensive end for three seasons ... An aggressive pass rusher on defense ... Had 69 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior ... Helped his team to a 7-4 record in 1997 ... Was named the Defensive Player of the Year for Region 5 AAAA in 1997 ... Named by Pigskin Preps' Magazine as one of the top players in the state of Georgia ... Named to Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Football Recruiting Magazine as top prospect in state of Georgia ... Played offensive guard as well as defensive tackle ... Participated in the Georgia High School Football Combine in May of 1997 ... Had a 26-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.9 forty yard dash ... Has bench pressed 310 ... Registered 55 tackles and seven quarterback sacks as a junior ... Career totals read 125 tackles ... Played for Harrison coach Bruce Cobleigh ...

Born: 12/21/79 ... Son of Jim Gerda and Julie Sharkey.

Gerda's Statistics

Tackles G/S UT AT Tot FR Int TFL Sack
1999 7/0 3 2 5 0 0 2-13 1-9
Offensive Line Games/Starts Snaps/Total Snaps
2000 9/4 243/785

Gerda's Career Highs

Most Tackles/Game: 2 vs Tulane ('99)
Most Solo Tackles/Game: 1 three times ('99)
Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 1 vs Tulane & Missouri ('99)
Most Tackles for Loss/Game: 1 vs UAB & Tulane ('99)
Most Quarterback Sacks/Game: 1 vs UAB ('99)

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