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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #97, DE Brandon Berry

Berry is carrying an injury from the spring, but looks to pick up where he left off.

NCAA Football: Boston College at Syracuse
Let’s assume this is one of those solo open field tackles.
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Brandon Berry

Position: Defensive end

Year: (Redshirt) Junior

Height: 6’4”

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.

Twitterfeed: @__berryboi

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.