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Class: r-Sr.
Hometown: North Babylon, N.Y.
Height: 6-1
Weight: 287
Sport: Football
Position: DL

Biography

Missed the entire spring campaign after having offseason shoulder surgery … sustained the injury in the 2009 East Carolina game and it slowed his progress during the season … leads all returners with 28 career starts … returns for his final season as the starter at the defensive tackle position … one of the team’s defensive playmakers … selected all-BIG EAST preseason third team by Phil Steele … bowl trips: 2006 Gator, 2007 Fiesta, 2008 Meineke.

2009 (r-Jr): Played in eight games and started five … saw action on more than 250 plays, including a season-high 58 against Pitt … used on 40 or more plays in four games … saw action on 52 plays against Louisville … had 15 total tackles for the season, including eight solo stops, a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss … finished with two tackles, including assisting on a tackle for loss at Rutgers … posted two tackles against Pitt … season-high four tackles at Cincinnati … finished with three tackles, including two solo stops and a seven-yard tackle for loss against Louisville … collected a solo tackle against Marshall … registered a sack against East Carolina … injured his shoulder on the play … two tackles against Liberty … member of a defense that was No. 2 in the BIG EAST Conference in fewest amount of first downs allowed and in third-down conversions and tied for No. 3 in the BIG EAST in scoring defense … the Mountaineer defense was No. 29 nationally in rushing defense, No. 31 in sacks and No. 34 in total defense.

2008 (r-So.): Started all 13 games … earned second team all-BIG EAST Conference honors … awarded the Gridiron Gladiator Award by the coaching staff … WVU Defensive Champion: Colorado, Rutgers, Auburn, Connecticut … saw action on more than 900 plays, including a season-high 71 plays at Louisville … used in 50 or more plays nine times … one of the main cogs of the No. 11 ranked scoring defense in the nation … team defensive champion: Colorado, Rutgers … registered 34 tackles for the season, including 14 solo stops, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks … team-high three fumble recoveries … also has three pass breakups and a forced fumble … season-high five tackles, two tackles for loss, assisted on a sack and a pass breakup against Rutgers … four tackles, including one for loss against USF … four tackles, including three solo stops at Colorado, including a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble … four tackles at ECU, including two solos … saw action in 48 plays against Villanova … three tackles against Villanova … one assisted tackle for loss and a 19 yard fumble return at Connecticut … three tackles against Syracuse … two tackles, including one for loss against North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl … two tackles and a fumble recovery at Pitt … assisted on two tackles against Cincinnati … two solo tackles at Louisville.

2007 (r-Fr.): Played in 13 games and started 10 … named to Rivals.com and collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American teams … finished with 27 total tackles, including 13 solo stops … assisted on a sack and had 4.5 tackles for loss … forced a fumble and tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries … season-high six tackles, including a tackle for loss and a pass breakup against Louisville … four tackles and a fumble recovery against UConn … three tackles, assisted on a sack and had 1.5 tackles for loss at Marshall … forced and recovered a fumble at Rutgers … won the 2006 Danny Van Etten Award from WVU coaches as the scout team player of the year on defense.

Prep: Product of North Babylon High, the Long Island Class II champions at 10-1 ... all-Long Island linebacker for coach Terry Manning ... 68 tackles, seven sacks as a senior ... 1,341 career rushing yards and 20 touchdowns ... three-time all-county and twice all-state.

Personal: Birthday is June 28 ... son of Richard Berry and Renetta Wise ... majoring in multidisciplinary studies.

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