Berry On Thorpe Watch List
Pitt CB Aaron Berry makes a big play.
Pitt CB Aaron Berry makes a big play.
Senior Writer
Posted Aug 8, 2009


Pitt senior cornerback Aaron Berry has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award preseason "watch list,'' which includes 31 of the nation's best defensive backs as candidates for the prestigious award.

Aaron Berry, a third-year starter for Pittsburgh, was named to the 2008 All-Big East team as he compiled 41 tackles, one sack and three interceptions on the season. Berry looks to exceed that production in his final season.

"Sure, I want this to be my biggest year, yet,'' Berry said. "We all have the picture in our lockers of Cincinnati celebrating winning the River City Rivalry and the Big East, so we want that trophy back. Anything less than a Big East title won't cut it for us seniors this year.''

The Thorpe Award is one of college football's most sought after and prestigious awards. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as "The Legend,'' Jim Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon. He is considered to be the best athlete ever.

The Panthers open summer training camp Tuesday at their practice facility and kick off the 2009 season Saturday, Sept. 5, against Youngstown State at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field.

The USA Today coaches' poll was released Friday afternoon, and there were no Big East Conference teams in the Top 25. Florida garnered 53 first-place votes to lead the way. The next three teams each received first-place votes, as No. 2 Texas had four top votes, while No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 USC had one each.

The Big East ruled "others receiving votes,'' as Cincinnati was 29th, and Pitt was 30th. West Virginia and Rutgers were next, while South Florida was 37th.

The Associated Press writers' poll will be released Aug. 22.


Related Stories
Pitt Camp Update
 -by PantherDigest.com  Aug 18, 2009
Berry: 'Tackling Is The Key'
 -by PantherDigest.com  Oct 2, 2009
Preview: Pittsburgh Defense
 -by IrishEyes.com  Nov 12, 2009

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Scout.com Recruiting Yearbook with an annual Total Access Pass
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from PantherDigest.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
CB Aaron Berry (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Bishop McDevitt HS > Alumni
Football > Pittsburgh
[View My HotList]