McPherson ranked ninth on the NU defense in tackles as a senior with a career-high total of 40. He also added a pair sacks. His six pass breakups tied a personal best he set as a redshirt freshman in 2001, and ranked fifth on the team. One of Nebraska’s best weapons on the blitz from the defensive backfield, McPherson recorded a pair of sacks in the season-opening win against Western Illinois, while he added two quarterback hurries during the season. His sack total was tops among all NU defensive backs.
McPherson was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the fall of 2001. He graduated with a sociology degree in May of 2005.
His first interception was in the season opener against Oklahoma State, one of five Nebraska takeaways in the 17-7 win over the Cowboys. McPherson had his second pick of the year against Texas A&M, one of eight NU takeaways against the Aggies. He added interceptions against Texas and Kansas State, both ending scoring threats near the end of the first half. McPherson also broke up three passes.
McPherson had a season-high four tackles in three different games–Arizona State, McNeese State and the Independence Bowl against Ole Miss. He had three solo stops each against McNeese State and Mississippi, and added three tackles, including a tackle for loss against Troy State. He also played on several of Nebraska’s special teams units.
2001 (Redshirt Freshman)
McPherson recorded 29 tackles, including 20 solo stops, and had three tackles for loss, including an eight-yard sack against Troy State. His six pass breakups ranked fourth on the team, and he had interceptions against Baylor and Kansas. McPherson set a career high with eight tackles against Texas Tech, including seven solo stops. He also made five tackles against Troy State. He had two pass breakups in a game twice–against Oklahoma and Kansas. McPherson was a member of the punt return and kickoff coverage teams and recovered a blocked punt against Iowa State.
Before Nebraska (Omaha Central HS)
McPherson played both running back and defensive back for Coach Joe McMenamin, earning first-team all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star (defensive back) and the Omaha World-Herald (running back) as a senior. In 1999, McPherson moved from quarterback to running back, and finished the year with 1,043 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 13 yards per carry. He added 228 yards receiving en route to All-America honors from PrepStar and honorable-mention All-America honors from USA Today. A three-year letterwinner in track, he is a member of the state’s all-time best 400-meter relay team, setting the state record of 41.79 seconds in 1999. McPherson selected Nebraska over Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Colorado State.
McPherson's Career Statistics
Interceptions: 6-5-0 total; 2-(-6) in 2001; 4-11-0 in 2003