Berry misses out on Lott Trophy

Tennessee safety Eric Berry didn’t win the sixth annual Lott Trophy, but don’t think he made a wasted trip to Newport Beach, Calif., for the award’s banquet Sunday night.

UT coach Lane Kiffin said having Berry at another banquet – this one on the West Coast – only helps in recruiting.

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“Sure it does (help),” Kiffin said after Sunday’s practice. “I pushed Eric to go. There’s a lot of requests for him to go different places, but knowing some of the people involved with that award, I pushed him to go and it’s good that he went.”

Jerry Hughes of TCU was the recipient of the Lott Trophy, named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football’s defensive player of the year who is equally recognized for his athletic performance and personal character attributes.

The four finalists for the Lott Trophy were Berry, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and linebacker Rolando McClain of Alabama.

Thursday, Berry received the Jim Thorpe Award honoring the nation’s top defensive back. He won the Thorpe Award over Florida’s Joe Haden and Texas’ Earl Thomas.

“He’s a class act, a great representation of our program,” Kiffin said of Berry.

Suh received the Bronko Nagurski Award last week recognizing the best defensive player in college football. Other finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award were Berry, Hughes, and Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer.

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hcjournals#206623 writes:

Well, well. well......Never been first before....Feels...Good I guess. Eric is the best defensive player in the country. Suh is right there. Nuff said....He had a good time, I'm sure. The jim Thorpe trophy will do just fine. That and 20+ million in a few months.......Great job Eric. You have done us proud!!!!!!

hcjournals#206623 writes:

By the way...Don't know where to put this so here goes...Arian Foster, who was activated on Nov. 18th off Houston's practice squad, had 88 all purpose yards Sunday vs. Seattle.....Hope he gets more touches next week vs. Rams....Would be nice if he does well......

GahLee writes:

Meanwhile, in Texas........Arian Foster just dropped ( insert here ).

PMC2726 writes:

Too bad neither of the folks who posted "first" on this page managed to express any outrage over Eric Berry not winning the Lott trophy. Whatever, seems to happen to UT a lot when it comes to awards and draft talk -- we get passed over for the "newest, sexiest" name, instead of the player who is really the best at that position (read: Charles Woodson, Ryan Leaf, etc.). Will this kid go higher in the draft than Berry? I don't think so. And there's a reason for that.

CoverOrange writes:

The guy from Ohio St that won last year did a lot of community stuff which probably put him high on the list. I don't know how much stuff EB does off the field (we never hear of it here) but maybe the kid from TCU does more. The Lott award is not all about being the best player.

jimr07 writes:

in response to GahLee:

Meanwhile, in Texas........Arian Foster just dropped ( insert here ).

It is truly amazing that Vol fans do not want to see this man succeed. I am sure it makes him he feel good to know so many people want to see him fail.

sitinhere writes:

in response to PMC2726:

Too bad neither of the folks who posted "first" on this page managed to express any outrage over Eric Berry not winning the Lott trophy. Whatever, seems to happen to UT a lot when it comes to awards and draft talk -- we get passed over for the "newest, sexiest" name, instead of the player who is really the best at that position (read: Charles Woodson, Ryan Leaf, etc.). Will this kid go higher in the draft than Berry? I don't think so. And there's a reason for that.

I was initially outraged over Peyton not winning the Heisman, and it is a shame that EB didn't win the Lott award but I'm sure like Peyton, EB will show the total stupidity of these popularity awards. The only award Peyton didn't win his senior year was the Heisman and for the most part it has become a joke/worthless award since. I know that ESPN hypes the telecast, but really who cares? Peyton is becoming what all Vol fans knew he would become, THE GREATEST QB to EVER play the game. I believe that EB will be the GREATEST safety (barring injury) to ever play the game. So let these other guys bask in the lime light of awards, and draft hype, EB will go quietly onto the field and prove the total ignorance of award voters and the draft "experts" by his play on the field. You know that some mornings when Ryan Leaf wakes up in prison, the only thing that keeps him going is the fact that some "experts" said he had a better "up side" than Peyton. They were right, I'm sure Leaf is having a better year in the Prison football league than Peyton is having in the NFL this year.

tennman65 writes:

in response to jimr07:

It is truly amazing that Vol fans do not want to see this man succeed. I am sure it makes him he feel good to know so many people want to see him fail.

People who post phooey (not my choice of words) like this aren't Vol fans. Just pathetic losers desperately in search of a life

crimsonviper writes:

The first time I saw EB hit someone I thought Ronnie Lott.
During his first NFL season i'll wager he will be compared to Lott...wait and see...GBO Hammer the Hokies!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to FreeTDTN:

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Have you talked to Ashley about "How many days" lately?

537081 writes:

UT is so lucky to have young men come thrue the program like Eric Berry He has carried himself the way any father or mother would want their son to. He other than being a great football player is a fine person. Thank you mr. and Mrs Berry for shareing this fine young man with the Tennessee family.

Need_2_Know writes:

in response to jimr07:

It is truly amazing that Vol fans do not want to see this man succeed. I am sure it makes him he feel good to know so many people want to see him fail.

I think the vast majority of true Vol fans DO want Arian to succeed. There are a few who will always remember and chide him for a couple of fumbles at crucial points in his career, but most remember him for carrying the running game when he needed to. Any player, present or past, is always a Vol to me, and will have my support in their careers (although "Cheese" has certainly stretched that beyond the limits).

You go, Arian. Run to daylight...

VolQB writes:

EB is the best db from TN ever. Great person too! Roland James could not hang with EB. It's obvious this year the coaches moved him around to make plays not just Int's.

Enjoy your time in NFL. Go to Titans!

WLafIndianavol writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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BUZZ OFF, FOOL!

Golfer77 writes:

in response to PMC2726:

Too bad neither of the folks who posted "first" on this page managed to express any outrage over Eric Berry not winning the Lott trophy. Whatever, seems to happen to UT a lot when it comes to awards and draft talk -- we get passed over for the "newest, sexiest" name, instead of the player who is really the best at that position (read: Charles Woodson, Ryan Leaf, etc.). Will this kid go higher in the draft than Berry? I don't think so. And there's a reason for that.

Typical UT fan. If a UT player doesn't win a trophy, there is always some moron who has to say the player got "passed over". NObody could possibly deserve it more than a UT player. Peyton Manning was over a decade ago....get over it. Should he have won the Hiesman? Probably so but it's water under the bridge. In addition, to put Charles Woodson in the same league as Ryan Leaf is just plain stupid. Woodson is a great ball player who does a lot of community service work. Ryan Leaf was an overrated thug.

stratocaster54 writes:

in response to jimr07:

It is truly amazing that Vol fans do not want to see this man succeed. I am sure it makes him he feel good to know so many people want to see him fail.

Not all! I'm glad to see the young man make it. He got called up from the practice squad in Nov. According to the NFL, practice squad players get paid by the week and it works out to be about $85k/year. Conversely, the minimum salary for players is $310k so its big for him as an undrafted FA. He did well catching out of the backfield. Congratulations Arian!

Golfer77 writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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Your reading comprehension skills need some work my friend.

I AGREED that Manning should have won the Heismann. I made no such comparison beween Manning and Woodson.

Community service has nothing to do with being a good ball player. I was making a point that in addition to being a good football player, he did (and does) a lot of work in the communities he lives in which sets him apart from Leaf who I thought was an overrated thug.

The Lott Trophy is NOT about who is the best football player and while it does matter what he did on the field, there is much more to it. The Lott trophy is more about personal character and is awarded to the IMPACT player of the year. IMPACT being an acronym for (integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community, and tenacity)

My main point was that UT fans (a small minority because most have more sense than this) think that just because a UT football player is nominated for an award, he should win it. Hell you don't even know what the Lott Trophy is about and you go spouting off. Thank you for providing perfect evidence of what I'm talking about.

VOL03_NC writes:

Trolls, stop being so selfish.
This is about a kid who earned his place in life and the way he lived his life. Outstanding to anyone’s standard and has shown to be a remarkable leader. Outsiders wont remember, but the Orange Nation will always and for generations.

mercuryvol writes:

Trophies don't matter much-caliber of play and character do.Manning has shown us and the NFL that and EB will do likewise

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Yeah let's see how MI does after winning that Heisman....the winners never win their bowls (except Leinart).

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

I am proud of EB, whether he wins the Lott trophy or not. I wish foster the best. Two class acts in UT Football History!

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to GahLee:

Meanwhile, in Texas........Arian Foster just dropped ( insert here ).

you, sir, have no class whatsoever... when it's your butt carrying the pill out in the field with over a ton of defense trying to run your butt down, then you can talk.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to VOL03_NC:

Trolls, stop being so selfish.
This is about a kid who earned his place in life and the way he lived his life. Outstanding to anyone’s standard and has shown to be a remarkable leader. Outsiders wont remember, but the Orange Nation will always and for generations.

Couldn't have said it better myself

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