There have been times this season that Elliott Berry has looked more like a coach than a player. Don’t read too much into that.
“Elliot is still a football player,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said during his weekly Wednesday press conference. “He’s had a knee injury. He’s going to have a scope done after finals. We wanted him to be strong in terms of finals.”
While injured, Berry has been on the sideline during practice, instructing and encouraging his teammates.
“Elliot is a very intelligent football player so anytime we can get him helping, that’s critical,” Jones said.
Berry’s understanding of football shouldn’t be a surprise. It’s likely genetics. His older brother, Eric Berry, has always been well known for his mental grasp of the game. Berry, who is now with the Kansas City Chiefs, played several defensive back positions for the Vols throughout his career. He’s even played a hybrid linebacker role at times for the Chiefs.
The younger Berry played in nine games this season and registered one tackle. Jones said the sophomore linebacker will be out for six weeks after knee surgery.
“He’ll be better and he’ll be stronger,” Jones said.