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Ex-Buckeye set to join MSU team

Ex-Buckeye set to join MSU team

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 7:00 pm

By BILL GREENE
BuckeyeSports.com
Former Ohio State tailback Jaamal Berry has transferred to Murray State, and will be eligible this coming season. He will be a redshirt junior and will have two years of eligibility at Murray State.
A four-star tailback out of Miami, Ohio, Palmetto, Berry was one of the top recruits in Ohio State’s 2009 recruiting class. He was dismissed from the university last spring.
“Everything worked out great for me and I’m excited to be headed to Murray State,” Berry said Tuesday afternoon. “They really pursued me after I left Ohio State, and I have a great opportunity there. I should be the starting tailback the next two seasons, and I’m on track to graduate next year. Life is good for me.”
“I’m taking courses on-line right now and things are good,” he added. “I had other schools showing interest, but I loved it there when I went for a visit, so it was the right place for me. I knew it wouldn’t be like Ohio State, but that’s not what I need right now in my life. It will be good to be out of the media spotlight, and I can just concentrate on football and my grades, without any of the big-time pressures. I take full responsibility for what happened at Ohio State, and everyone there was great to me.”
Berry reflected on his three years at Ohio State, calling them the “best three years of my life.”
“I loved my time at Ohio State, and I absolutely do not regret going there at all,” he admitted. “People ask me about Ohio State all the time, and I tell everyone how great it is there. I still have friends there, and the Buckeye fans were so great to me. Even when things didn’t go so well for me I always felt support from the fans, and I love them all. Please let the fans know how much I love them, and thank them for me for how nice they were to me.”
“It was the best three years of my life,” he continued. “The relationships will last forever, and it’s a great place to go to school. The coaching staff always treated me great, and there’s nothing bad I could ever say about any of them. At the end of the day, this is a business and I understand why things happened the way they did. They had to do what was right for the program, and there are no hard feelings from my end at all. There’s still no place like O-State for me.”
Berry rushed for five yards on three carries and had two catches for 14 yards in the 2011 season. He had seven kickoff returns for 150 yards.
He will be a welcome addition to an inexperienced Racer running back corps that features just one returning player and five freshmen.
Duane Brady rushed for 283 yards and a TD on 61 carries last season. The only other back with playing time is quarterback Casey Brockman.

Published in The Messenger 7.25.12

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