Pac-12: Berry vs Mays debate 090813

Berry vs. Mays: Who's better?

August, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Eric Berry or Taylor Mays?

I know, it's like asking: Would you rather be soaking up rays on a beach in Maui or a beach in Cancun?

Can you go wrong with either?

Nonetheless, the debate is raging as we point toward the 2009 season as to who's the best safety in college football.

There's Tennessee's Berry on the East Coast and Southern California's Mays on the West Coast.

They were both Thorpe Award finalists a year ago and catalysts for a pair of defenses ranked among the top four nationally. Mays is bigger. Berry is faster.

They're similar in that they're both the kind of safety that changes the way an opposing offense will try to attack the defense. They're different because they each have their own distinctive styles.

Ted Miller and I will endeavor to settle this debate. Ted covers the Pac-10 for ESPN.com. He'll make the case for Mays, and I'll make the case for Berry based on four different categories: 1. Who's the better pass defender? 2. Who's the better tackler? 3. Who has a greater overall impact on the game? 4. Who's the better NFL prospect?

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