Height: 6-0 | Weight: 200 | Number: #83 | Class: 2019 (rSR) | Hometown: Marietta, GA | High School: Fellowship Christian School | Birthdate: June 1 | Agent: Premier Athlete Advisors
OVERVIEW: A true student of the game, Berryman has been punting since middle school, while training with former Clemson punter Dawson Zimmerman and ex-UNC and Vikings punter Dan Orner on refining his mechanics. Demonstrates excellent leg speed, strength and accuracy. Projects as a day three/priority free agent prospect.
PROS: A weapon due to his propensity to flip the field position, he shows great leg strength with his ability to boom it deep but is also an accurate directional punter with his placement and showcases the skill-set to pin opponents down inside their 20-yard line. There have been numerous occasions when Western Carolina was pinned in the back of their own end zone and Berryman was able to crank it 60-plus yards. Has also served as the holder on field goals and extra points for the Catamounts, in addition to being an academic standout.
CONS: Needs to stay on the balls of his toes a bit more in order to help improve his operation time and adjust to snaps that are off target. Can tighten up his footwork speed a bit with a more compact form, it hasn’t been a major issue during the past four years, as he had only two career punts blocked in 2016 career attempts but could be one area worth improving as he steps up in level of competition.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “If he lives up to his potential, there’s no question he’ll be in an NFL camp next year. When they were here last season looking at Detrez (Newsome, Chargers) and Keion (Crossen, Patriots), they’re always wanting to know who’s next year. They already knew Ian’s name; I didn’t have to tell them about him.” – WCU Head Coach Mark Speir
COMPARISON: Sam Martin, Detroit Lions – Very similar punter to Martin, who was a fifth round pick (2013) and was coached by Speir during his time as an assistant coach at Appalachian State.
PERSONAL: Is the son of Scott and Michele Berryman. Majored in communication with a concentration in broadcasting.
CAREER: For his career, average 43.8 yards per punt, with 82-of206 punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. In 2018, averaged 41.4 yards per punt, including 16 punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line on 38 attempts. In 2017, saw action in all 11 seasonal games as the starting punter, averaging 44.45 yards per punt on 58 total punts. Recorded 17 kicks of over 50 yards-or-more including a season-long of 62 yards twice. In 2016, Appeared in all 11 seasonal games as the starting punter. Finished the season with a WCU single-season record punting average at 44.9 yards per punt, a mark which ranked second in the SoCon and put him fourth nationally. Punted a combined 52 times for 2,335 yards with 19 punts of 50-or-more yards including a season-long boot of 64 yards twice. Downed 18 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line with just four touchbacks. Saw action in all 11 games for the Catamounts as the starting punter. Punted 58 times for 2,534 yards, averaging 43.7 yards per kick. Booted 14 punts of 50-or-more yards. Downed 22 of his 58 kicks inside the opponent 20-yard line with just five touchbacks. Redshirted in 2014.
Agents occasionally hit us about a specialist but it’s rare when scouts do. We’ve actually gotten a couple calls from scouts on @WCU_FB punter #83 Ian Berryman. Lots of college punters have NFL legs but few are skilled at directional punting and placement like @Ian_Berryman83. pic.twitter.com/8Umxp8DvBd
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) November 17, 2018
HIGH SCHOOL: Though he played predominantly at the punter position, also has experience as a wide receiver and quarterback as a prep. Was a first team all-region selection as a punter as a senior, also earning second-team all-state plaudits from the Cedrick Oglesby Kicking Academy. Ranked fourth on Kornblue Kicking’s Fab Top 50 Punters rankings. Also played soccer as a prep for a ranked Fellowship Christian boys program.