Monday, August 1, 2016

ASU's Berry craves SWAC championship finish

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Brian Jenkins will start his second season at Alabama State with perhaps the most productive and reliable player in the Southwestern Athletic Conference — Kourtney Berry.

“I’m honored to have a chance in my coaching career to coach Kourtney Berry,” Jenkins said. “Phenomenal young man. He’s the keystone to our defense. There is no secret to that. He’s a very humble young man.”

The 2015 SWAC defensive player of the year, Berry has posted 363 tackles in three seasons, but has yet to win a conference title. So he enters his final year looking to lead the Hornets to their first SWAC championship since 2004.

ASU starts preseason practice Tuesday and opens the season Sept. 3 at Texas-San Antonio.

“I continually speak it into existence and just try to work every day to make sure it comes true,” said Berry, who has received his bachelor’s degree and is pursuing his master’s degree.


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