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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Vols' Berry piling up the honors

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

In addition to being named to every All-America team on the planet, Tennessee safety Eric Berry was honored Thursday as the best defensive back in college football.

No, they didn't do a recount on the Jim Thorpe Award. Berry was named as the winner of the Jack Tatum Award, which is presented annually by the Columbus Touchdown Club to the best defensive back in college football.

Berry, a sophomore, lost out in the Jim Thorpe Award voting to Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. Berry tied for the national lead with seven interceptions and returned two of those for touchdowns.

Berry was one of nine players to earn consensus All-America honors, and four of those were from the SEC. The others were Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith, Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes and Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher.