Oct. 21, 2009
Tennessee's Eric Berry was named Wednesday to the Sporting News Midseason All-America team, one day after his selection as a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy.
Berry made the Sporting News end-of-season All-America squad last year as part of his string of unanimous All-America selections. He also was a semifinalist for the Lott Trophy, presented to the nation's top defensive player.
Berry leads the 2009 Vols in passes defensed (five), special teams tackles (seven) and fumble return yards (46), while ranking second on the team in both tackles (50) and tackles for loss (4.5). He also had an interception against Florida.
2009 Lott Trophy Quarterfinalists -- Sam Acho, DL, Texas; Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa; Eric Berry, DB, TENNESSEE; Kurt Coleman, DB, Ohio State; Jerry Hughes, DL, Texas Christian; Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State; Trevard Lindley, DB, Kentucky; Taylor Mays, DB, Southern California; Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama; Gerald McCoy, DL, Oklahoma; Mike Nixon, LB, Arizona State; Eric Norwood, DL, South Carolina; Joe Pawelek, LB, Baylor; Brian Price, DL, UCLA; Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida; Darrell Stuckey, DB, Kansas; Ndamukong Suh, DL, Nebraska; Alterraun Verner, DB, UCLA; Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri; Kyle Wilson, DB, Boise State.
There are eight defensive backs among the quarterfinalists, six linebackers and six defensive linemen. The Big 12 has six players on the list, the SEC five, the Pac-10 four, the Big Ten three and one each from the Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences.
The semifinalists will be announced Nov. 3 and the four finalists Nov. 24. Those four finalists will be flown to Newport Beach for the annual black-tie banquet televised by FOX Sports West.
Other SEC players on the Sporting News midseason team are Alabama's Terrence Cody, Mark Ingram, Mike Johnson and Rolando McClain; Florida's Joe Haden, Maurkice Pouncey and Brandon Spikes; Georgia's Drew Butler; and South Carolina's Eric Norwood.
SPORTING NEWS MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
OFFENSE -- QB Jimmy Clausen, Jr., Notre Dame; RB Mark Ingram, Soph., Alabama; RB Toby Gerhart, Sr., Stanford; OL Jeff Byers, Sr., Southern California; OL Maurkice Pouncey, Jr., Florida; OL Mike Johnson, Sr., Alabama; OL Russell Okung, Sr., Oklahoma State; OL Sergio Render, Sr., Virginia Tech; WR Jordan Shipley, Sr., Texas; WR Mardy Gilyard, Sr., Cincinnati; TE Dennis Pitta, Sr., BYU.
DEFENSE -- DT Ndamukong Suh, Sr., Nebraska; DT Terrence Cody, Sr., Alabama; DE Jerry Hughes, Sr., TCU; DE/LB Eric Norwood, Sr., South Carolina; LB Brandon Spikes, Sr., Florida; LB Rolando McClain, Jr., Alabama; LB Chris Galippo, Soph., Southern California; CB Joe Haden, Jr., Florida; CB Kyle Wilson, Sr., Boise State; S Eric Berry, Jr., TENNESSEE; S Taylor Mays, Sr., Southern California.
SPECIALISTS -- K Kai Forbath, Jr., UCLA; KR Chris Owusu, Soph., Stanford; P Drew Butler, Soph., Georgia; PR Antonio Brown, Jr., Central Michigan.