Berry is AFCA All-American

Tennessee record-setting sophomore Eric Berry has been named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team for 2008.

Tied for the national lead in interceptions with seven, Berry was the youngest member the AFCA's defensive unit and one of just four sophomores named overall.

The Fairburn, Ga., native in less than two seasons has broken interception return yardage records that had been on the books for a combined 187 years. He now owns records for a UT season (previously stood for 37 years), UT career (39 years), SEC season (52 years) and SEC career (59 years).

Berry's combination of strength and skill helped him finish with seven interceptions for 265 return yards, while adding 72 tackles to finish third on the Tennessee team and 18th among SEC leaders.

For his career in just 25 games, Berry owns 12 interceptions for 487 return yards and three touchdowns. Berry enters next season just 14 yards shy of the major college career record of 501 interception return yards set by Florida State's Terrell Buckley from 1989-91.

Other sophomores named to the AFCA team were Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno and wide receivers Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech and Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State. No sophomores were named to the defensive or special teams units, and no freshmen at all were selected for this year's squad.

2008 AFCA ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Offense

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

WR Michael Crabtree* 6-3 208 So. Texas Tech Mike Leach Dallas, Texas (Carter)

WR Dez Bryant 6-2 215 So. Oklahoma St. Mike Gundy Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin)

TE Chase Coffman 6-6 255 Sr. Missouri Gary Pinkel Peculiar, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar)

OL Andre Smith 6-4 330 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Birmingham, Ala. (Huffman)

OL Brandon Carter 6-7 350 Jr. Texas Tech Mike Leach Longview, Texas (Spring Hill)

C Antoine Caldwell 6-3 305 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Montgomery, Ala. (Lee)

OL Michael Oher 6-5 318 Sr. Mississippi Houston Nutt Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)

OL Andy Levitre 6-3 317 Sr. Oregon St. Mike Riley Ben Lomond, Calif. (San Lorenzo Valley)

QB Graham Harrell 6-3 205 Sr. Texas Tech Mike Leach Ennis, Texas (Ennis)

RB Knowshon Moreno 5-11 208 So. Georgia Mark Richt Belford, N.J. (Middletown South)

RB Shonn Greene 5-11 235 Jr. Iowa Kirk Ferentz Sicklerville, N.J. (Milford Acad. [Conn.])

Defense

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

DL Brian Orakpo 6-4 260 Sr. Texas Mack Brown Houston, Texas (Lamar)

DL Terrence Cody 6-5 365 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Fort Myers, Fla. (Riverdale)

DL George Selvie* 6-4 242 Jr. South Florida Jim Leavitt Pensacola, Fla. (Pine Forest)

DL Michael Johnson 6-7 260 Sr. Georgia Tech Paul Johnson Selma, Ala. (Dallas County)

LB James Laurinaitis* 6-3 240 Sr. Ohio St. Jim Tressel Hamel, Minn. (Wayzata)

LB Rey Maualuga 6-2 260 Sr. USC Pete Carroll Eureka, Calif. (Eureka)

LB Brandon Spikes 6-3 245 Jr. Florida Urban Meyer Shelby, N.C. (Crest)

DB Eric Berry 5-11 195 So. Tennessee Phil Fulmer Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside)

DB Rashad Johnson 6-0 186 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Sulligent, Ala. (Sulligent)

DB Malcolm Jenkins 6-1 202 Sr. Ohio St. Jim Tressel Piscataway, N.J. (Piscataway)

DB Alphonso Smith 5-9 190 Sr. Wake Forest Jim Grobe Pahokee, Fla. (Pahokee)

Specialists

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

P Kevin Huber 6-1 220 Sr. Cincinnati Brian Kelly Cincinnati, Ohio (McNicholas)

PK Louie Sakoda 5-9 178 Sr. Utah Kyle Whittingham San Jose, Calif. (Branham)

AP Percy Harvin 5-11 195 Jr. Florida Urban Meyer Virginia Beach, Va. (Landstown)

* 2007 All-American.


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