Berry is Mid-Season A-A

Tennessee safety Eric Berry's proclivity for breaking decades-old records is gaining national attention. Wednesday, the sensational sophomore was named to the CBSSports.com 2008 Midseason All-America Team.

The Vols safety currently leads the SEC and is tied for the national lead with four interceptions. His interception and 54-yard return Saturday at Georgia upped his career interception return yardage total to 325, surpassing the 39-year-old Tennessee record of 305 and moving Berry into third on the SEC's all-time list.

His 325 career interception return yards eclipse former Vols Mike Jones (1967-69) and Tim Priest (1968-70), each of whom tallied 305 yards during their UT careers. The only SEC players still ahead of Berry are Bobby Wilson (1946-49) of Ole Miss with 379 yards and Darryl Bishop (1971-73) of Kentucky with 376.

As a freshman, Berry finished with five interceptions for 222 return yards to break Tennessee's season record of 177 set by Bobby Majors in 1970. Berry's 2007 yardage total was second best in SEC history, trailing only the 244 by Florida's Joe Brodsky in 1956.

Phil Steele Publications also tabbed Berry as a first-team member of its 2008 Mid-Season All-SEC squad. Other Vols named by Steele were second-teamers Anthony Parker(OL), Rico McCoy (LB) and Ellix Wilson (LB), and third-teamers Ramon Foster (OL) and Dan Williams (DT).


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