Brandon Berry, who was a dynamic part of UB’s 2015 defense, has decided to leave the team. According to a note sent to the Buffalo News, and referenced by Mark Gaughan, the decision was Berry’s alone.
UB head coach Lance Leipold told the news that “He’s no longer in the program. It was his decision. He was not dismissed from the team.”
Berry came to Buffalo as the the number 6 rated recruit in the state of Michigan by the service MaxPreps, choosing Buffalo over Cincinnati, Western Michigan, and Eastern Michigan.
Originally a safety Berry was moved to middle linebacker when Jarrett Franklin was injured. Berry thrived at the position last season, especially, it seemed, on third and short plays.
Berry was second-team ALL-MAC having ranked eighth in the MAC in tackles with 104 and 12th in tackles for loss with 11.5.
This season he has been backing up Jarrett Franklin. Even in that Role Berry has been on the field 40% of the time.
It’s worth noting that Berry did appear on the depth chart released by the department yesterday meaning this was likely something that became official this week, even though Berry did not play against Army.
We here at Bull Run wish Brandon “Crunch” Berry the best of luck as he moves on to a new phase of his life.