Damien Berry

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Damien Berry
Damien Berry 2011 stadium practice.jpg
Berry during practice at M&T Bank Stadium,
August, 2011.
No. --     Free agent
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-21) October 21, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: Belle Glade, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
College: Miami
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Rushing yards --
Rushing average --
Rushing TDs --
Stats at NFL.com

Damien Berry (born October 21, 1989) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Miami, where he was the team's leading rusher in 2010 and a second-team All-ACC selection. He was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

Early years[edit]

Damien Berry was born in 1989 at Belle Glade, Florida. His father, Kenny Berry, played college football for the Miami Hurricanes from 1987 to 1989.[1] Berry attended Suncoast High School where he played running back and safety, though he was mainly used as a safety. As a sophomore for Suncoast, Berry had four interceptions, more than 500 rushing yards, and 300 more all-purpose yards, and finished the season with 14 touchdowns. As a junior, Berry rushed for 530 yards and five touchdowns to go along with three interceptions on defense. As a senior, Berry transferred to Glades Central High School,[2] where he rushed for 1,080 yards and 19 touchdowns. Despite suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Berry played through the injury as a senior and led Glades Central to a state title.[3] He later had surgery to repair tears in the meniscus and ACL.[4]

Berry was recruited as a safety and was rated the No. 7 safety prospect and the No. 14 player in Florida by Rivals.com. He was also ranked No. 9 player in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel.

College[edit]

Berry saw action in all 12 games as a freshman. He played only on special teams in the first 11 games, registering three solo tackles and five tackle assists. He played safety in the season finale against Boston College, registering one solo tackle.

Berry was moved to running back his sophomore season.[5] He played in seven games on the kickoff cover team and recorded three tackles.

In March 2009, Berry secured a spot for himself when he rushed for 124 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown run, during Miami's annual spring game.[6]

As a junior, Berry rushed for a career-high 162 yards against the Florida A&M. Interviewed after the game, Berry gave the credit to his offensive line: "Everything went great, and, I mean, yeah, that's thanks to my O-line."[7] He became a fan favorite as Miami supporters "rhythmically chanted" his last name ("Berry, Berry, Berry ...") when he entered games.[4][8] Asked in November 2009 about whether he lacked the moves to shake defenders, Berry replied:

"If you're not a defensive lineman or a legit linebacker, I'm going to run through you. When I look up and see nothing but one guy (in front of him), I'm going through him. ... They say I can't shake (defenders). I got moves, but why use it when you don't need it? I'm more of a power back. I'd rather run straight through you than try to run around you."[9]

During the 2009 season, Berry rushed for 616 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, and led the Hurricanes with eight touchdowns.[3]

In October 2010, Berry became one of only five running backs in Miami Hurricanes history to have three consecutive 100-yard rushing games. The other four are Damien Berry is carrying the football with such brute force, he joined Willis McGahee, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis and Frank Gore.[10] He added a fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing performance the following week.[11] Despite injury problems,[12][13] Berry rushed for 899 yards during the 2010 season.[14] He was Miami's leading rusher in 2010,[11] was selected as a second-team All-ACC player.[15]

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Berry was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011.[16] [17] Berry was assigned No. 23 by the Ravens, the same number worn by Willis McGahee, another Miami Hurricanes running back who went on to play for the Ravens. After receiving the jersey, Berry told reporters, "It was a total surprise. I came in and they had No. 23 in my locker. I'm proud to wear it. I'm definitely going to represent for Willis and try to build on what he left here."[18]

On August 25, 2013, he was waived by the Ravens.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Snyder, Michael (February 8, 2007). "New coach wants to create competition". St. Petersburg Times (Times Publishing Company). 
  2. ^ "Damien Berry Profile". Scout.com. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Damien Berry: New father, new leader". Miami Herald. July 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Damien Berry leads Miami Hurricanes' family of runners". The Miami Herald. August 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Shandel Richardson (October 20, 2009). "Damien Berry Finds A Home At RB". Sun-Sentinel. 
  6. ^ "UM SPRING GAME: University of Miami's Damien Berry races up the depth chart with impressive spring scrimmage performance, Sophomore Damien Berry rushed for 124 yards and scored a touchdown during the Hurricanes' annual spring game". Miami Herald. March 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ Rachel Ullrich and Jorge Milian (October 11, 2009). "Berry Gains". The Palm Beach Post. 
  8. ^ Jorge Milian (November 22, 2009). "RB Berry Answers Call for 'Canes". Palm Beach Post. 
  9. ^ Shandel Richardson (November 26, 2009). "Power Running Defines Damien Berry". Sun-Sentinel. 
  10. ^ "Miami Hurricanes' offense still missing the point". Miami Herald. October 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Jorge Milian (March 7, 2011). "Damien Berry looks to improve stock at Thursday's UM Pro Day". The Palm Beach Post. 
  12. ^ "Damien Berry out for Maryland game". ESPN.com. November 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Miami to be without top RB Berry on Saturday". The Washington Post (AP story). November 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Damien Berry player profile". ESPN.com. 
  15. ^ Aaron Wilson. "Damien Berry impressing scouts at Texas vs. the Nation". National Football Post. 
  16. ^ Al-Shatti, Shaun (July 26, 2011). "Baltimore Ravens Expected To Sign University Of Miami RB Damien Berry". SB Nation. 
  17. ^ The Sports Xchange (July 29, 2011). "AFCN Player Wire: 10/29". Fox Sports Ohio. 
  18. ^ Dan Kolko (August 8, 2011). "Ravens' new No. 23 hopes to fill some of the void left by old No. 23". MASN News. 
  19. ^ Mink, Ryan (August 25, 2013). "Ravens Release 12 Players". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved August 31, 2013.