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The Nittany Lions return only three defensive tackles with significant experience, so spots in the rotation will be up for grabs during preseason camp. Redshirt freshman Mikel Berry is looking forward to the opportunity to compete for playing time this fall. A football and track standout at Upper Arlington HS in suburban Columbus, Ohio, Berry brings good size, skills and instincts to the field. He has made steady progress during his first year as a Nittany Lion and should have a chance to earn playing time this fall. He is one of seven returnees from Ohio.
2008 Freshman Season
Berry played at Upper Arlington HS in suburban Columbus, Ohio. A two-year starter for Coach Mike Golden, Berry posted 76 tackles, with 11 sacks, during his senior season. He made 121 career stops, with 14 sacks. Berry also scored six career rushing touchdowns. He was named a 2007 Old Spice Red Zone Player-of-the-Year, All-Ohio Capital Conference, all-city, all-district and was on the local News Week Top 25. He also received special mention all-state accolades. He was invited to participate in the 2008 Central Ohio All-Star game. A four-year letterman in track and field, Berry threw the discus and earned first-team all-district and All-Ohio Capital Conference honors.
Full name is Mikel Sheldon Berry. His mother, Suann, is a flight attendant and his step-father, Todd, is employed in aviation administration. He has a younger brother, Nikoles. Berry enjoys playing the guitar, woodworking, airbrushing and drawing. He is interested in studying kinesiology. Born May 8, 1989 in Columbus, Ohio.