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Posted on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 : 1:42 p.m.

Q&A with Michigan quarterback Nick Sheridan

By Jeff Arnold

A year ago, Saline High School graduate Nick Sheridan was in the thick of Michigan's quarterbacking carousel.

After arriving in Ann Arbor as a walk-on, Sheridan became a part-time starter but spent much of the season as Steven Threet's back-up. When Threet announced he was transferring to Arizona State, Sheridan figured his chance had come.

But after breaking his leg in spring practice, Sheridan watched as freshman Tate Forcier established himself as the likely starter. And when freshman Denard Robinson arrived, Sheridan slipped to No. 3 at quarterback.

To be sure, he'd rather be playing that spending his Saturdays equipped with a sideline headset, able to put some of football knowledge passed down from his father - New York Giants defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan - to work.

Sheridan spoke with about growing up in a football environment and about maintaining a long-distance relationship with his dad and other housekeeping (literally) matters.

Q: How does having a dad that coaches in the NFL and that has a lot of years of coaching experience benefit from you?

A: My dad's been a great resource to me. But that's not all my dad has been. He knows a lot about football, but he's also given me a lot of insight and a lot of great advice. I have a great relationship with my dad, and I'm very close with him.

Q: Did you grow up spending a lot of time around your dad's work?

A: I went to his practices all the time, and I've been around football along time. But as I got older, I had my own practices and was less awestruck by people. When you're a little kid, everybody's a superstar, but as you get older, you find that they're just people like you.

Q: Having spent your high school years in Saline, do you feel like you really went away to college?

A: No - I don't feel like I'm away from home, and I'm not. That's OK - I moved around a lot when I was little because my dad coached (at Michigan, Army, Michigan State, Notre Dame) and so I didn't feel bad about not going too far from home with a great university and the best college football program in the country right here, it was an easy choice.

Q: Did you ever get used to all the moving around?

A: I don't know if you get used to it, but I feel fortunate to have lived in a couple of different places and you get comfortable meeting new people, and so I've had a great childhood.

Q: Outside of Saline, where was the best place you lived?

A: Probably West Point (N.Y.), when my dad was coaching at the United States Military Academy and Army. I had a great time there and lived there from ages 4 to 10, and there were a lot of woods and places to play.

Q: Where did you like living the least?

A: Probably Granger, Ind. - right outside of South Bend when my dad coached at Notre Dame for a year. I didn't really have a good time there, but I made some friends that I still keep in touch with.

Q: Last year, you were featured along with your roommate Stephen Schilling on the Big Ten Network in some sort of a Dating Game type setting. You didn't seem to fare too well. Would you like another crack at it?

A: I would do that again - I think we'd do better. We had only been roommates for a couple of months at that point. We've been roommates for over a year now, and I think we know each other a little better. But I watched some of the other episodes and they asked other Big Ten players a lot easier questions. They asked us some really weird questions that I really didn't know how to answer.

Q: Does Schilling have any annoying habits?

A: He's a good roommate and there's not too much that really ruffles my feathers. I'm not a perfect roommate and neither is he, but we get along well.

Q: He kind of cast you as the neat freak of the apartment. Is that fair?

A: I don't think I'm a neat freak. I keep the common areas clean, but my room can get a little messy - I've got a busy schedule and there's a lot of days I get home and I just want to go to bed. So I'm not a neat freak, but I don't think I'm a messy person, either.

Jeff Arnold covers sports for and can be reached at or at (734) 623-2554.



Sat, Sep 19, 2009 : 12:35 a.m.

And now he's found his true place on the team CARRYING a CLIPBOARD.


Fri, Sep 18, 2009 : 2:15 p.m.

My hat goes off to this man. A lot of guys would have walked away for their own selfish reasons already. Here is a guy that stuck it out and keeps looking for ways to contribute wherever he can. Granted, he's not much of a player but he definitely earned the right to be here.


Fri, Sep 18, 2009 : 10:27 a.m.

He is a class act. At Saline he had some good moments and bad ones. Having seen him play in High School, I never thought he would be a starter for a D1 team. Last year showed he has some talent, but, not to level that RR needs. To be brutally honest, if his dad wasn't an NFL coach and Mueller's kid hadn't been at Saline, I am not sure he would have been taken as preferred walk on at UM.


Thu, Sep 17, 2009 : 10:03 p.m.

It's good to have a knowledgeable man with an NFL pedigree wearing a headset and holding the clipboard


Thu, Sep 17, 2009 : 8:05 p.m.

Sheridan will probably be a GA ASAP.


Thu, Sep 17, 2009 : 7:39 p.m.

Nick has a great attitude from all that I have read on the subject. Reminds me alot of Scott Dreisbach. As has good attitude and willing to help his team anyway he can! Yes he will be a great coach someday, and this will be a great experiance for him to build on.


Thu, Sep 17, 2009 : 4:31 p.m.

Best of luck to Nick. He has a great future ahead of him, whether it is in some capacity of football or not. Don't have to work weekends to be a winner.


Thu, Sep 17, 2009 : 3:29 p.m.

This is a kid that you have to root for. It is a shame that we sports fans lose sight that these are kids/young men when we are dissecting them on websites. He isnt the most gifted or athletic, but the kid left his all out there for michigan fans last year when there wasnt any other options. Honestly I would think michigan fans would be pleased that he gave his all in quarterbacking a team in transition. Best of luck to Nick in the future


Thu, Sep 17, 2009 : 2:49 p.m.

Nick is gonna be a great coach one day. He's not a player, but he's a good kid and has some brains to go with it. I'm glad he's wearing the Maize and Blue; I don't think Tate is as far along as he is without the mentoring from Sheridan.