Name: Brandon Berry
Position: Defensive end
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
Weight: 249 lbs.
Hometown: Griffin, Ga.
High School: Griffin High School
2017 Stats: He broke into the two-deep immediately and got six starts on the year, playing in all 12 games. He ended the season with 26 tackles, 16 solo tackles, 0.5 TFL and a fumble recovery. We said that “Brandon was exactly the type of pass-rusher the Syracuse Orange could’ve used,” he definitely lived up to it.
2018 Projections: Berry wasn’t listed on the spring two-deep as he’s coming off of an injury, but it’s reasonable to expect him to step into a starting or backup role at DE. The flashes he showed last year are enough to keep some hopes up for a speed rush rotation on the ends of this line.
How’d He Get Here?: Berry had a standout year at Highland Community College and received offers from Minnesota, Colorado State and Toledo, along with the Orange after a standout stay at the JUCO level. He picked SU over those options. Why wouldn’t you?
What’d Recruiting Sites Say?: Three stars all around.
Tweets of wonder: It may be a NSD clip from last year, but the staff nailed exactly where Berry would slot into the rotation. He even impressed enough to take some of the non-third down snaps.
What movie would Dino Babers recommend?: I’m going to have to go with the CNY linked classic “The Wizard of Oz” since he’s definitely not in Kansas anymore.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Brandon King, the New England Patriots’ safety, and Tay Glover-Wright, now playing in the CFL, took the same route that Mr. Berry did, through Highland Community College. Apparently they can put some talent out lately.
Let’s get a good look at ya: Hudl highlights from his freshman year at HCC.