Precision is the key to Berry's game

When you come from a bloodline that includes a father that played in both the CFL and NFL, you're kind of expected to be a good player and that's exactly what San Mateo WR Ed Berry (5-10, 191) has become. With a solid freshman year for the Bulldogs he's ready to break out with a big sophomore campaign and hopes to earn some D-1 offers with his performance.

"My dad (Ed Berry Sr.) played for two years in the NFL," the younger Berry told recently. "He played for San Diego and Green Bay and then went up to Canada to play in the CFL for Toronto, Edmonton and then for Memphis when they expanded to the U.S.

"I've learned a lot from him and his experiences and I hope to have that chance someday down the road."

Berry graduated from Serra High School in San Mateo and was a late qualifier so he didn't get any D-1 offers.

"A few schools were recruiting me, but I had to take the SAT like four times and when I got the passing score, it was pretty much too late because most of the schools had moved on," Berry said. "The coaches up here at CSM recruited me while I was in high school and said they'd like me to come up and play and because the school is so close and the coaches here have a good reputation for getting guys moved on, it was a pretty easy decision to come here."

As a freshman, Berry split time with several receivers but still put up solid numbers – he had 24 catches for 280 yards and one touchdown – and this year he's got another outstanding receiver on the opposite side of the field – Spencer Garrison.

"Me and Spencer have a nice friendly little rivalry," Berry said with a chuckle. "It's all friendly, but we don't want to get out-worked our out-performed by the other guy so it only makes us better because competition is really the key and that's what our coaches preach to us."

Berry has been working hard this summer on perfecting the fine-art of playing receiver and said he thinks his hard work has paid off.

"I've really been focusing on my feet and how to set up the DB on a route," Berry said. "It's so important to have your balance so when you give a move you and still have it to get back into your route. It's amazing how hard it can be to do that because you think you just need to go out there and run, but it's a lot more precise than that.

"I've also been working on catching the ball with my fingertips and watching it in and locating it on quick routes. We've been working hard with the quarterbacks this summer on getting our timing down and just making it second-nature."

At the NorCal combine at Chabot College in May, Berry had an outstanding performance, posting a 4.45 forty time, a 4.04 shuttle, a 33-inch vertical and a solid 20 reps of 185 pounds on his way to being named to the All-Combine team.

"I had a good day and it was fun just getting out there and competing with those talented guys there," Berry said. "It was a really good turnout and there were a lot of good players out there."

On the recruiting front, Berry has been hearing from two schools who have promised to be heavy competitors for his services.

"Washington State and Kansas State are the two recruiting me the most," Berry said. "Neither one of them have offered, but they came to our practices and they said they liked what they saw from me and that they wanted to see more of me before they offered, but they said they would be recruiting me this fall."

Berry will finish up his schoolwork in December and will have three to play three wherever he ends up.

We'll have more form this talented playmaker as the season gets underway.

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