As we move forward in our countdown of the Top 60 players at Miami, we zero in on No. 48: Running back Damien Berry. Another guy who has switched positions at UM, is Berry -- the son of a former Cane -- going to get lost in the shuffle at running back? Or, will he finally get a chance to show us what he's got?
> What we heard about him on Signing Day '07: A standout running back at Glades Central, Berry came to UM as one of the nation's top safety prospects. He was a consensus Top 50 defensive back, but Rivals listed him as high as seventh at safety.
> What he's done as a Cane: After playing in all 12 games as a true freshman -- 11 on special teams only, Berry was moved to the backfield by coach Randy Shannon after the following spring. He never got a carry in game, but played in seven games (all on special teams). But he earned Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year honors and followed it up with an MVP performance in the spring game. Berry finished with 114 yards on 14 carries and scored a touchdown on a 54-yard scamper.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Despite his Scout Team honors and big spring performance, Berry is still way behind on the depth chart at running back behind Graig Cooper, Javarris James, freshman Mike James and even Lee Chambers. Unless one of those guys go down, there's a chance Berry won't get a carry in 2009 either. Could that lead to yet another position switch or a transfer? Maybe. But at the very least, Eye On The U expects Berry to be a key contributor on special teams. He's likely the second best special teams player on the team behind Sam Shields. He's a talent that has to get on the field in some capacity.
For those of you wondering, we'll get a chance to speak with Jason Fox, Randy Phillips and Graig Cooper on Wednesday. Check back for interviews with those guys Wednesday night. Also, I've been working some on the Canes' 2010 recruiting. Be ready for that.