Football writers put Berry on Freshman All-America team

Tennessee freshman Eric Berry was one of two safeties named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American team.

Berry is the fourth freshman Vol honored in the seven-year history of the team, joining former UT receiver Kelley Washington (2001), kicker James Wilhoit (2003) and cornerback Roshaun Fellows (2003).

Two other SEC players were named to the 28-member team; Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain and Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno.

Berry was named first-team on 11 of the 12 ballots cast by the FWAA panel, which consists of a select journalist from each of the Division I-A conferences and another representing the nation's independents.

A record 104 players were nominated.

Berry had three tackles and a forced fumble in the Vols' 21-17 victory over Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl.

A second-team All-SEC selection, Berry led UT with five interceptions, which he returned for 222 yards. Berry also had two fumble recoveries returned for 55 yards and was fourth on the team with 86 tackles.

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nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

What happened to Roshaun Fellows?

cgbtn writes:

I'm not positive, but I think Fellows was dismissed for a violation of team rules.

rkastens writes:

Well deserved!

Volker writes:

I think that E.B. has more of a "future" than some of the other Vols who have earned this honor. Berry for Heisman!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

My buddy says Berry is as good as he will ever be. That's good enuf for me. Congrats E. B.!

If Mayo goes, you ARE the shining star on D.

CoverOrange writes:

y-knot, my understanding is the writer's recognize regional bias and counter it by having equal number of writers from each region voting. Not sure how well that works, especially for teams seldom on TV, but would take the opinion of writers over the opinion of coaches that only see games of teams they are scouting.

TommyJack writes:

Indianavol: ok with the Dale Carter football-wise...but a jerk of a person.

VolSwaff writes:

Eric Berry is as good as he ever will be? he is physical enough for the next level at 18 years old and has a gutsy way of playing the pass. simply one of a kind.

BigOrangeJeff writes:


How in the world did he manage to overcome the coaching of Larry Slade to perform at A-A levels? I mean, really, Slade has only coached more Vols to current NFL rosters than any other position coach at UT. How could Slade have not ruined this guy?

Anyone? All you haters?

The truth is that maybe, just maybe, the man knows what he's doing.

VolSwaff writes:

did someone put down larry slade? don't go looking for fights.

asleep#212036 writes:

Fellows? Biceps injury then team rules. Unspecified I believe is code for drugs, probably pot or he would have been kicked off the team completely. Hangin' with Toker, I mean, Coker too much! go vols!!!

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