Berry makes Lott semis

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Tennessee safety Eric Berry has become quite a familiar name to the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

Wednesday, the group named the Vols junior its Lott Trophy IMPACT National Player of the Week for the second time this season. And then later in the day, Berry was selected one of eight semifinalists for the 2009 Lott Trophy and the only repeat nominee from a year ago.

The 5-11, 195-pounder from Fairburn, Ga., had an interception, a fumble recovery and five tackles in Tennessee's 56-28 win over Memphis. Berry previously was honored in Week 3 after the Vols tough loss at Florida in which he had 11 tackles, including two for lost yardage, and an interception.

"Berry can flat out play," said former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, a member of the Legends Coaches who select the players of the week. "He can dominate a team from the defensive side of the ball, which is awfully hard to do. He's the best safety in the country, in my opinion."

Tennessee will receive another $1,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of Berry's achievement.

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