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      Eric Berry
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fairburn, Ga.

High School:
Creekside

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 203

Position:
DB

Major:
Psychology

HONORS -

    • 2009 All-America NCAA Consensus and Unanimous (AFCA, Sporting News, Associated Press, Football Writers and Walter Camp)
    • 2009 Jim Thorpe Award (Nation's Best Defensive Back by Jim Thorpe Athletic Club)
    • 2009 All-SEC Coaches and Associated Press
    • 2009 Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team
    • 2009 Vince Dooley Award (Top Defensive Back in Southeast by Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
    • 2009 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Male Amateur Athlete of the Year
    • 2009 Tennessee Sports Writers Player of the Year
    • 2009 Lott Trophy Player of the Year Finalist
    • 2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalist
    • 2009 Lott Trophy National Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 20 and Nov. 11)
    • 2009 CBS Player of the Game (Sept. 19)
    • 2008 All-America NCAA Consensus and Unanimous (AFCA, Sporting News, Associated Press, Football Writers and Walter Camp)
    • 2008 SEC Defensive Player of the Year Coaches and Associated Press
    • 2008 All-SEC Coaches and Associated Press
    • 2008 Jim Thorpe Award Finalist
    • 2008 Jack Tatum Award (Nation's Best Defensive Back by Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio)
    • 2008 Vince Dooley Award (Top Defensive Back in Southeast by Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
    • 2008 Draddy Throphy and Bednarik Award Semifinalist
    • 2008 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Male Amateur Athlete of the Year
    • 2008 Tennessee Sports Writers Player of the Year
    • 2008 SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 20 and Nov. 24)
    • 2007 National Defensive Freshman of the Year Collegefootballnews.com
    • 2007 Freshman All-America FWAA, Rivals.com and Collegefootballnews.com
    • 2007 All-SEC Coaches (2nd) and Associated Press (2nd)
    • 2007 SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year Sporting News
    • 2007 Freshman All-SEC Coaches, Rivals.com and Sporting News
    • 2007 SEC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 10 and 24)
    • 2007 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

CAREER GAMES/STARTS - 39/39

2009 - 2009 - Games/Starts: 13/13 ... Tennessee's most decorated footballer of this decade added Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive back ... Unanimous All-America for second straight year ... Selected to both coaches and writers All-SEC teams ... Finalist for Nagurski and Lott trophies ... Twice this season earned Lott Trophy National Defensive Player of the Week honors, making Berry three-time recipient for career ... Led all SEC defensive backs and second on team with 87 tackles ... Led team with 19 defensive big plays, which included seven pass breakups, seven tackles for loss (minus-21 yards), two fumble returns (48 yards), two interceptions (seven yards) and one forced fumble ... Departed as active NCAA leader and second in major college history with 494 interception return yards ... Finished fifth in UT history with 14 interceptions, and tied for sixth in total passes defensed with 30 ... Tennessee's leader in special teams tackles with 14 ... Named CBS Player of the Game despite team's losing effort at Florida after securing 11 tackles and 13th career interception ... Made diving pick against Tim Tebow for second interception in three career games against the Heisman Trophy quarterback -- both picks coming at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ... Added two tackles for loss in that game ... Tied for team lead in interceptions with two, becoming first player in Vols history to lead UT in that category three consecutive seasons ... Other 2009 interception came against Memphis ... Fox Sports TV analyst Charles Davis led UT in three of four seasons played from 1983-86 ... Double-figure tackles this season against UCLA (10), Florida (11) and Auburn (14), giving him seven such games for three-year career ... Led team in tackles in UCLA and Florida contests ... Auburn tackle total equaled career high, set in four-overtime classic at Kentucky in 2007 (Berry calls that game most memoriable in college) ... Eleven of 14 stops against Auburn were solo efforts and were team high this season for unassisted tackles ... 46-yard fumble return against Georgia pushed career yardage total for that category to 103 ... That fumble return was Tennessee's longest since Berry ran one back 52 yards against South Carolina in 2007 ... Also recovered fumble against Memphis for 2-yard return, which along with interception and five tackles earned Berry second Lott Trophy National Defensive Player of the Week nod ... Third on team with three quarterback hurries ... Two pass deflections against both Georgia and Alabama ... Helped set up UT's overtime win at Kentucky this year by making tackle for 6-yard loss and batting down pass on consecutive plays during Wildcats' OT possession ... Set career highs against Virginia Tech for kick return yards (51) and longest return (31) ... Secured eight tackles in Kentucky and Mississippi games, while adding seven against Ohio and five apiece against Georgia, Alabama and Memphis ... Called on by UT defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to play different role this season, Kiffin said Berry is "a great leader, a great player - he's like a quarterback on the field. Probably more than anything else, players gravitate toward him." ... The last player other than Berry to start at strong safety for UT was Jarod Parrish at Florida in 2007 (Berry started that game and first game that season at cornerback).

2008 - Games/Starts: 12/12 ... First Tennessee player to claim unanimous All-America honors since 1990 ... Led nation with 265 interception return yards, and his seven interceptions tied for tops ... Only 2008 player with interception in seven different games ... First two interceptions of season were returned for 0 and 1 yard, then had five picks for 264 yards ... Interception returns for TDs against Mississippi State (72 yards) and Vandy (45 yards) ... Also had big returns against Georgia (54 yards), South Carolina (47 yards) and Northern Illinois (46 yards) ... For career in just 26 games, owns 12 interceptions for 487 return yards and three touchdowns ... Set to enter 2009 season just 15 yards from breaking major college record (501) ... Broken interception return yardage records that had stood for combined 187 years ... Now owns records for UT season (previously stood 37 years), UT career (39 years), SEC season (52 years) and SEC career (59 years) ... 72 tackles placed him third on UT team and 18th among SEC leaders ... Led team in tackles vs. Mississippi State (10) and tied for team honors vs. UAB (7) ... Recorded first career sack against Florida ... Season-high 11 tackles against Alabama ... Joined Dan Williams as only Vols with at least three tackles in all 12 games ... Never had fewer than three tackles in game in his career ... Started every contest of his collegiate career.

2007 - Games/Starts: 14/14 ... SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year by Sporting News ... Consensus Freshman All-America and Freshman All-SEC ... Second team All-SEC selection by Coaches, Writers ... Finished freshman season with five interceptions for 222 interception return yards, breaking old Tennessee mark of 177 yards set by Bobby Majors in 1970 ... Led all SEC freshmen with 86 tackles ... Twice named SEC Freshman of the Week in final three weeks ... First honored after breaking 37-year-old UT record in win over Arkansas ... Returned two interceptions against Razorbacks for combined 98 yards ... Set career-high with 14 tackles and had one PBU against Kentucky, earning second SEC freshman honor ... Seventh among SEC interception leaders and ranked third nationally among freshmen ... Interception return yardage total ranked second nationally and second in SEC history book ... Started every game of his young collegiate career ... Interception return of 96 yards for TD at Florida tied for third-longest in UT history and was longest in 35 years ... Became first defensive player--and just third player overall--in Phillip Fulmer era to start season-opener as true freshman ... Recorded four tackles and first career TFL against Alabama ... Set up two first-half touchdowns in that game by returning fumble 52 yards and intercepting second career pass and returning it 13 yards ... Career-high 14 tackles against Kentucky ... Recovered fumble and intercepted pass on consecutive possessions in third quarter of SEC Championship Game against LSU.

HIGH SCHOOL - Parade All-America and selected nation's top cornerback by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN and PrepStar ... U.S. Army All-American Bowl starter ... Gatorade Player of the Year for Georgia and state's No. 1 prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Georgia Player of the Year by Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... G&W Recruiting Report All-America defensive back and Southeast's No. 3 player ... Rushed for more than 1,500 yards and threw for more than 1,000 yards as senior in 2006 ... Added three interceptions and more than 40 tackles on defense ... As junior, totaled 67 tackles and five interceptions ... Rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 12 TDs while passing for 1,100-plus yards and nine touchdowns ... Led team to combined 37-5 record as four-year starting quarterback ... Also started four years at safety ... Squad twice won region championship and advanced to State 4A quarterfinals in 2006 ... Set school records in long jump (22-8) and 200-meter dash (21.76) ... 200-meter state champion as sophomore and member of 4x400 state title relay squad as junior ... National Honor Society member with 3.75 grade-point average ... Served dental internship ... Father, James, was 1981 Vols captain, four-year letterman and three-year starter.

COACH AT CREEKSIDE HIGH SCHOOL - Kevin Whitley.

BORN - Dec. 29, 1988.

ERIC BERRY CAREER STATISTICS
DEFENSE SACKS/ TFL/ FR/ INT/ HIGH
YEARG UT AT TT YDS YDS FF YDS PD YDS TKLE
2007145729860/02/312/5595/22214-Ky
2008124428723/118.5/2100137/26511-Ala
2009135631890/07/2112/4892/714-Aub

Totals39157882453/1117.5/4524/1033114/49414-2x
RUSHING AVG AVG HIGH
YEAR G ATTYDSATTGMTDLONGYDS
20071400----0----
2008127375.33.1023-Ky26-Ky
20091300----0----

Totals397375.31.4023-Ky26-Ky
Berry has 1 career reception for 3 yards vs. Alabama 2008.
Berry has 6 career kickoff returns for 132 yards including a long of 51 against Virginia Tech.
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