Hometown: North Babylon, NY
Record: 38-14, Bowl Record: 2-2 Including a BCS win
Scooter Berry was a starter along the defensive line starting with his redshirt-freshman season (2007). Berry held his starting spot through the beginning of the 2009 season. During the East Carolina game in 2009, Berry injured his shoulder, ending his redshirt-junior campaign. Berry would return to be a contributor to the 2010 WVU defense that ranked third in total defense. While Berry’s career had its ups and downs, he totaled 111 tackles and 7 sacks.
Memorable Game: Probably the one game that best exemplifies Berry’s play was the 2007 game against Louisville. After suffering a loss early in the season to South Florida, West Virginia had battled back up the rankings to #6 heading into the game against Louisville. The game against the Cardinals would prove to be an exciting back and forth contest between two of the better offenses in the country. While the game would feature a lot of notable offensive plays, key defensive stops and turnovers by the Mountaineer defense proved to be the difference. Berry recorded 6 tackles and a tackles for loss in WVU’s 38-31 win.
Competition: There is a strong case that can be made for Dale Jackson and John Browning. Ultimately, Berry won the nod at #93 for his superior stats and for being part of arguably the best defense in school history (2010).
Teaser: The next pick in our countdown to the Friends of Coal Bowl is (surprise, surprise) another defensive lineman! This player had a certain attitude that frustrated opposing offensive lines, especially during his stellar senior campaign. Interestingly enough, he was such a big time player at WVU, he has a whole peninsula in Ireland named after him (just kidding). To guess the identity of this stud, you may need the Luck of the Irish.