October 3, 2007
Sherman's start exactly what he expected
NOTE: This is the third installment of a five-part series chronicling the adjustments of UConn true freshmen who have seen considerable playing time in the first five games of the 2007 season.
STORRS, Conn. - It wasn't until Anthony Sherman lined up in kick coverage against Maine nearly a month ago that it first hit him, literally and figuratively, that he was playing college football.
"I got double-teamed on a kickoff," Sherman said. "I couldn't get off of it. I tried, and I think that was when I realized, 'This is different than high school.'"
A 228-pound athlete from North Attleboro, Mass., Sherman established himself as a hard-hitter in high school when he lined up on defense as a linebacker. But he couldn't do the first thing to escape the two Maine blockers and could not make a play.
One of three backs in the Class of 2007 and the only fullback, Sherman's adjustment to college life hasn't been as difficult as it has for other players. With his home just over an hour's drive from Storrs, he spent quite a few weekends there after enrolling at school during the summer.
But since school has started, he hasn't been able to go home as frequently, a change that hasn't been difficult to make. For Sherman, the choice to attend UConn was one based simply on his own preference - he hoped to attend a school far enough away from home that he could grow up and live on his own, but still remain close enough to his family should something happen.
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