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Fairburn, GA |5106 | 207 | 4.45E | 2018
Game-breaker in the return game. Owns an astounding 34.2 career kick return average and nearly 1,700 return yards entering 2017. His three kickoff return touchdowns as a sophomore tied Willie Gault (1980) for most in a season at Tennessee. His fearlessness and development of trust in his teammates has allowed him to achieve great success as a returner, according to his special teams coach Larry Scott who stated, “Every time he takes the ball he takes it right where it’s supposed to go, and he trusts that [a hole] is gonna be there.” He has started just three games at safety, demonstrating explosiveness and strength—he might project as a nickelback in the NFL with his toughness and instincts. While he has not yet been featured on offense, head coach Butch Jones has always left that door open. Getting him healthy and on the field has most likely superseded that luxury. He suffered a knee injury in November of 2016, causing him to miss the final five games of the year. Is the younger brother of Eric Berry (Chiefs) and his twin brother, Elliott, is also a current Volunteer player. His father, James Berry, ran for more than 1,700 yards and scored 19 rushing touchdowns for the Vols from 1978 to 1981.
2016: Games/Starts: 9/3. Head coach Butch Jones announced on Nov. 7 that Berry would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Ranks first all-time in career kickoff return average (min. 25 returns) with 34.2 average at Tennessee.
2015: Ranks first in NCAA and first in SEC in kickoff return average (38.3). With 38.29 average, fell just shy of new NCAA all-time single-season kickoff return average record (1.5 returns per game) held by JJ Nelson of UAB (38.32 in 2014). 804 kickoff return yards in a season are second all-time at Tennessee to David Oku (863 in 2009).
2014: Legacy handed kick returns and played as reserve in secondary; played in all 13 games. Ranked second in the SEC in kickoff return average (29.5). Had 14 kickoff returns for 413 yards (29.5 yards/return). Career-best 121 kickoff return yards on career-high four returns vs. #19 Missouri (11/22), including 58-yard return.
High School: Lettered for Creekside High School in Canton, Ga. under coach Olten Downs. 247 Sports: 4-star (No. 28 athlete, No. 24 prospect in Ga.). ESPN: 4-star (No. 37 athlete, No. 26 prospect in Ga.). Rivals: 4-star (No. 22 defensive back, No. 23 prospect in Ga.). Scout: 4-star (No. 28 defensive back). Named one of Reebok’s Top 25 Most Dynamic Athletes. Class 5A All-State first team defensive back. Directed Creekside to an undefeated record and state championship as a defensive back and quarterback. 2013 Georgia Class 5A 100-meter dash champion
Personal: Full Name: Evan Lawrence Berry. Born: November 4, 1995. Son of Carol and James Berry. Twin brother to fellow Vol Elliott Berry. Older brother, Eric, was an All-American for Tennessee and is a Pro Bowl safety with the Kansas City Chiefs. Father, James, played running back for the Vols from 1978-81, rushing for more than 1,700 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns
Majoring in Kinesiology. Recipient of Dr. Robert Overholt Athletic Scholarship Endowmen.