One of the Big 12's top kickers down the stretch who will look to continue to progress as a senior... Voted a player representative by his teammates.
2009: Finished the regular season 3rd in the Big 12 with 11 field goals in conference play... Started the season 1-for-6, but hit 12 of his last 15, including a pair of 47-yarders against Kansas and Missouri... Connected on a career-high 4 field goals against Missouri... His 4 makes were tied for the 2nd most in the Big 12... Hit his first-career field goal at UCLA... Also connected from 39 yards vs. Iowa State... Hit 2 field goals against Colorado... Booted 58 kickoffs for a 62.0-yard average, including 6 touchbacks
2008: Had two kickoffs for the Wildcats' special teams that averaged 51 yards a kick... Also appeared on the punt coverage team where he recorded one stop.
2007: Appeared in four games and kicked off 19 times as a true freshman... Totaled 1,135 yards on 19 kickoffs and also collected four tackles, two solo, on kickoff coverage.
HIGH SCHOOL: McCook's primary place-kicker and punter for three seasons... Also started at quarterback and defensive back as a senior in 2006, leading the Bison to a state semifinal appearance and an 11-1 record... Good on 15-of-22 career field goals, with a long of 52 yards... Connected on 129-of-135 (95.6 percent) PATs during his career and averaged of 41.61 yards per punt... Recorded touchbacks on 107-of-218 kickoffs... Passed for 1,017 yards during 2006, his only year at quarterback, connecting on 47-of-81 attempts with 12 touchdowns... Also rushed for 596 yards and nine TDs... Recorded 63 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back in 2006... Selected as the 2006 Nebraska Class B Player of the Year by the Omaha World-Herald and was a first team Super State selection at punter by the Lincoln Journal-Star... Also earned a spot on the Lincoln Journal-Star (kicker), Omaha World-Herald (punter and defensive back) and Associated Press (defensive back) 2006 Class B all-state teams and was named the McCook Daily Gazette Class B player of the year... Picked up first team Class B all-state honors as a junior from both the Lincoln Journal-Star and Omaha World-Herald as a kicker... Started at kicker for the West squad in the 2007 U.S. All-American Bowl Classic in Shreveport, La... Helped guide McCook to Class B state championship game appearances as both a sophomore and junior... Also lettered in basketball and track & field... Helped lead McCook to the 2006 state track & field title, capturing the 800 in a time of 1:55.378 that broke a 32-year-old school record.
PERSONAL: Joshua Cherry was born Dec. 23, 1988, in Kearney, Neb... Parents are Pat and Melanie Cherry... Has a younger brother, Austin... Plans on pursuing a degree in the medical field.