Freshmen Eric Berry and Daniel Lincoln received another round of acclaim Wednesday with release of the 2007 Sporting News SEC All-Freshman Team.
Berry was named the league’s defensive freshman of the year and Lincoln claimed top placekicking honors. On Tuesday, Berry was named as a defensive back on the Rivals.com All-Freshman national first team, while Lincoln earned the second-team placekicking selection.
Lincoln is inking his name all over the UT field goal charts. The Ocala, Fla., product is 21-of-26 this year on field goal tries, 47-of-48 on PATs and has scored more points (110) in a season than any Vol not named Gene McEver (130) or Reggie Cobb (120). Game-winning kicks against South Carolina and Vanderbilt highlight Lincoln’s perfect 10-of-10 performance on second-half field goals. Lincoln has been the league’s best combination of production and accuracy, ranking 12th nationally in FGs per game and second in the league in field-goal percentage.
Berry, meanwhile, has four interceptions that have produced a school-record 207 return yards. That figure broke a 37-year-old UT mark and already ranks third in the SEC history books. He leads all SEC freshmen in total hits with 76 after his 14-tackle effort at Kentucky, and twice earned SEC Freshman of the Week for his play over the regular season’s final three games. A Fairburn, Ga., product, Berry stands fourth among league interception leaders and third nationally among freshmen.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.