• position Outside Linebacker
  • height 6-5
  • Weight 242
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Louisville, Ky.
  • High school Moore Traditional

2021 – Sophomore

  • Named one of the three award winners for the 2021 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year
  • Capital One Orange Bowl Courage Award nominee
  • Third-Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)
  • Has seen action in 24 career games with seven career starts, including five straight
  • Has totaled 73 career tackles, including 16.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in just 24 games played … Also has two interceptions
  • Played in 12 games in 2021 with six starts
  • Did not see action vs. Iowa in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl due to Covid protocols
  • Totaled 34 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss (second on the team), a team-high 6.0 sacks, four quarterback hurries, two interceptions, one forced fumble amd one pass breakup
  • Made at least one TFL in eight of 12 games played
  • Had four tackles, including a career-high 2.5 sacks vs. Tennessee
  • Made his first career interception in the fourth quarter in the win over No. 10/9 Florida and returned it 20 yards … Also had two tackles, including a shared tackle for loss, and a quarterback hurry
  • Had a crucial eight-yard sack on Missouri’s final possession of the game … Also had a three-yard tackle for loss and caused a fumble in the win
  • In his first game since returning from a torn ACL, totaled two tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a career-high 1.5 sacks in the season opener vs. ULM

2020 – r-Freshman

  • All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches)
  • Suffered a torn ACL in his right knee at Florida (11/28) and missed the final two games of the season
  • In nine games, had 33 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup
  • Totaled a career-high tying six tackles in his first collegiate start at Florida
  • Earned SEC Freshman of the Week aftter totaling a career-high six tackles in Kentucky’s 34-7 win at No. 18/17-ranked Tennessee … Made two tackles for loss, totaling -8 yards … Had a three-yard TFL in the third quarter, helping force a punt that preceded a UK touchdown drive on the ensuing possession
  • FWAA Freshman All-America Team Watch List

2019 – Freshman

  • Redshirt season
  • Saw action in three games (Missouri, Vanderbilt and Louisville)
  • Had six tackles, two PBUs and a quarterback hurry
  • Totaled a career-high five tackles, along with a tackle for loss and a QBH in the win over Vanderbilt
  • Made his collegiate debut vs. Missouri and totaled a tackle and a PBU

High School

  • One of the nation’s best linebacker prospects, ranking as the 213th best player in the nation according to Rivals
  • The site also has Weaver as the 14th best player in the class at his position and the fourth-best prospect in the state of Kentucky
  • Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals and 247sports
  • Recorded 70 tackles, 10 sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery as a senior
  • His strong performance helped Moore win 11 games and advance to the quarterfinals of the state championships
  • Also played tight end in high school and caught six passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns in 2018
  • Was named to the 2018 Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth
  • An all-state honoree
  • Coached by Carlo Stallings
  • Chose Kentucky over Louisville, Miami and Purdue


  • Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Son of Stacey Sherrell
  • Brothers are Terrance Weaver and Bruce Sherrell
  • Born with six fingers on his right hand
  • Considering a major in agriculture

J.J. Says

  • He chose Kentucky because it felt like home
  • One word to describe him on the field is “motor”
  • After his football career he wants to be a football coach
  • One sentence to describe Coach Stoops is “he’s a father figure more than a coach”
  • The best advice he’s ever received is “just be yourself”
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