The Texans announced today that they have signed fifth-round cornerback Sherrick McManis. McManis is the second of the Texans' nine draft picks to sign with the team, joining wide receiver Trindon Holliday.
McManis (6-1, 195) was selected with the 144th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Northwestern. McManis left Northwestern ranked sixth on the school's career interceptions list with nine and had the third-most pass breakups in school history with 30. He was a freshman all-conference honoree in 2006.
McManis, 22, was a team co-captain and a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's media as a senior in 2009. He was also a second-team selection by the league's coaches and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection. McManis was named the Wildcats' Defensive Most Valuable Player after battling through leg injuries to play in 10 of the team's 13 games, finishing with 37 tackles and a career-high five interceptions. His interception total led the Big Ten and ranked eighth nationally.
McManis hails from Peoria, Ill., where he earned all-state honors at Richwoods High School as a senior in 2005. He displayed tremendous versatility during his prep career, playing eight different positions in football as a senior and winning the state long jump title as a junior in 2004.