Mark Sheridan is in his second season as a graduate assistant for defense.
Sheridan works primarily with the secondary, a unit that forced 10 interceptions and returned four for touchdowns in 2016. The four interceptions returned for scores were the program’s most in one season since at least 1985 and tied for fourth-most in the nation and second-most in the SEC. Three different Arkansas defensive backs recorded two interceptions apiece, including cornerback Ryan Pulley, who added 13 pass breakups to rank second in the SEC and tie for 12th nationally.
Before arriving in Fayetteville, Sheridan spent the 2015 season as a graduate assistant for defense at Purdue, where he worked primarily with the secondary.
Sheridan joined the Boilermakers’ staff after serving as cornerbacks coach at his alma mater Albion College during the 2014 season. He was a four-year letterwinner at safety for the Britons from 2010-13 and elected team captain by his teammates as a senior in 2013. Sheridan also helped Albion to MIAA conference championships in both 2011 and 2013.
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sheridan earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Albion in 2013.