Eric Update

Eric Berry isn’t one of those guy who just plays hard when the cameras are on.  He works hard.  He practices hard.  Check out this note from Day 2 of practice:

Kiffin said junior defensive back Eric Berry accounted for four or five turnovers, and junior defensive end Chris Walker — named most improved player during spring practice — has continued to be a solid pass rusher.

It would be awfully easy for Eric to rest on his laurels and coast into the NFL.  It doesn’t sound like that will be happening.  Good.  I’m looking forward to Eric having a great season and putting up some insane numbers.

Here’s another practice note.  This one is from Randy Moore.

They say you play like you practice, and All-America safety Eric Berry is proof. He practices with more enthusiasm than any player I’ve seen in nearly 30 years covering the Vols.

Covering tight end Ben Bartholomew on a drag route over the middle, Berry tipped the pass, then Bartholomew tipped the pass. Berry tipped it twice more and Bartholomew tipped it twice more before the ball finally dropped to the ground. Berry and Bartholomew shared a laugh, then hugged like a couple of brothers reunited after a five-year absence.

Several times in Tuesday’s workout Berry raced 30 yards or more downfield to overtake receivers and strip the ball from them when they relaxed their grip on the ball, thinking they were in the clear.

I can’t wait for Week 1 of the season to get here.


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