Gene's Page talked with true freshman walk-on wide receiver Damond Berry after practice Wednesday. Damond has really caught the eye of everyone due to his speed, aggressiveness and talent. Damond, one of the top high school sprinters in the nation last year, talked about how he wound up playing football at MSU, his tremendous speed and his track future at MSU."> Gene's Page talked with true freshman walk-on wide receiver Damond Berry after practice Wednesday. Damond has really caught the eye of everyone due to his speed, aggressiveness and talent. Damond, one of the top high school sprinters in the nation last year, talked about how he wound up playing football at MSU, his tremendous speed and his track future at MSU.">

Freshman Wide Receiver Damond Berry

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/football/2003/berrydamond.jpg" align="left" width="124" height="160"> Gene's Page talked with true freshman walk-on wide receiver Damond Berry after practice Wednesday. Damond has really caught the eye of everyone due to his speed, aggressiveness and talent. Damond, one of the top high school sprinters in the nation last year, talked about how he wound up playing football at MSU, his tremendous speed and his track future at MSU.

Damond Berry interview:

I know you initially signed with MSU track. However, you gave up that scholarship to walk on in football. How did that come about?
"I like football and I like track, so I thought that I would try to continue doing both. And it's the SEC, the best conference in America. I thought that I would take my chances. I have some speed and I played football in high school and was pretty good at it."

I've been told from different people at MSU what your fastest speed is. Just about everyone of them said something different. You tell me what your actual speed is in the 100 meters.
"I ran a 10.50 (electronic track time) and I ran a 10.2 hand timed."

What do you run the forty in?
"I ran a 4.2."

I just met your dad earlier today. He told me he drove all night to get to Starkville from Missouri. He seems to be very proud of you and your accomplishments.
"I thank my dad for everything. He is a big part of my success."

You are a fairly tall wide receiver. What is your height?
"I'm 6-1."

You were a little late getting to MSU, but you had a special reason for being late. How about explaining.
"I was at the USA Junior Olympics in Miami, Florida. I was running the 4x1. We wound up 3rd (in the nation)."

Has your position coach, Guy Holliday, said much about how you are doing, so far?
"He told me to keep working hard and it should all pay off."

What do you think that you still need to work on the most?
"I think I need to work more on my routes, breaking the cushion. Otherwise, I think my speed has helped me out a lot."

Switching over to track, what have MSU track coaches Dudley and Schmidt told you they want you to run?
"All the sprints; the 4x1, 4x2, 4x4, the 100 and 200."


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