This week, I caught up with former Mountaineer DT, Scooter Berry, and asked him five quick questions about his life in Morgantown, what he thinks of the current Mountaineer coaching mess, about the NFL Draft and subsequently going undrafted, and about his blog. Berry started a blog on IconSports360.com where he talks about his experience as an undrafted rookie during the NFL Lockout. With the labor situation, NFL teams are not allowed to contact undrafted players, leaving rookies like Berry and Noel Devine in a state of flux. I'll let Berry tell you what to expect out of his blog. Judging from the first entry, and from what I know, it should be very interesting.
Berry came to Morgantown out of North Babylon HS on Long Island along with his half-brother, Jason Gwaltney. Berry redshirted in 2006 but went on to earn Freshman All-American honors from Rivals.com and collegefootballnews.com following his redshirt-freshman season. He earned All-Big East second team honors during his sophomore season, but was slowed following shoulder surgery during his junior year when he moved from DE to DT. Berry finished his Mountaineer career after the Champs Sports Bowl loss to N.C. State with 110 total tackles (49 solo) and 5 sacks. Four of those sacks came during his senior year, the one full season that he played on the interior defensive line.
Going into the NFL Draft, among the teams that Berry was able to work out for were his hometown N.Y. Jets and Giants. There was the thought that one of those teams could possibly use a late-round selection on Berry. The Draft came and went with Berry going undrafted. Now he is training and biding his time until the lockout is lifted.
Here now is Fast Five with Scooter Berry: