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And their older brother's only a phone call or text away.
The Berrys are fraternal twins with different personalities. Evan says he's the more outgoing one while Elliott is "more laid-back and chill."
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee twins Elliott and Evan Berry say they don't feel extra pressure playing defense for the Volunteers,NFL Jerseys China, following the path of their older, successful brother.
"Whenever I have a problem with anything, I can pull him to the side, talk to him and just express my feelings," said Evan Berry. "And he can do the same with me."
Eric Berry was rated by Rivals as the nation's No. 3 overall recruit in his class when he signed with Tennessee in 2007. Evan Berry, also a defensive back, was a consensus four-star recruit. Elliott, now playing linebacker, was a three-star prospect.
Evan wears No. 29 as a tribute to Inky Johnson, a motivational speaker who suffered nerve damage in his right shoulder while making a tackle in a 2006 Tennessee game. It also happens to be the number Eric wears with the Chiefs. Elliott selected No. 41, reversing the digits of Eric's Tennessee uniform number.
"I told them college is going to be a crash course," said Eric Berry, who is 5-foot-11, 211 pounds. "You're going to get some of everything from every aspect of life during those years you're in college. You just have to use what you learn and adjust on the fly. I told them if they handle the stuff off the field, the stuff on the field will just come, so go ahead,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, get ahead of your schoolwork and make sure your grades are right and eliminate distractions."
Eric Berry starred for Tennessee from 2007-09 before getting selected in the first round of the NFL draft. He won the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top college defensive back and earned his third Pro Bowl selection with the Kansas City Chiefs last year.
The twins aren't beginning their college careers with as much acclaim as their brother received.
As they get set to make their college debuts Aug. 31 against Utah State, the twins are receiving advice from their famous brother. He sends texts and reminds them to "build your own legacy within the legacy" and to "control what you can control."
The twins, who are rooming together,Cheap Jerseys, say they never really considered playing at separate schools.
He left high standards for his younger brothers as they begin their college careers. If that's worrying the Berry twins, they aren't letting it show.
And they probably won't make the same type of immediate impact. Eric was a second-team all-Southeastern Conference selection as a freshman. Evan and Elliott are likely reserves this season, though both are expected to play.
Their father, James Berry, also has Tennessee roots; he played running back for the Volunteers from 1978-81. The twins are from Fairburn, Georgia, and their knowledge of Tennessee football history is evident from their uniform numbers.
The Berry twins savor the opportunity to play together. They say having a brother around has prevented them from getting homesick.
They're definitely eager to learn. Tennessee coach Butch Jones noted that Elliott recently sent a 4:30 a.m. text message to linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen seeking an explanation for the linebacker's responsibility in a particular alignment.
"I don't really see it as a burden," said the 6-foot,cheap jerseys, 208-pound Elliott Berry. "My dad told me a long time ago that the only time you feel pressure is when you don't know what you're doing."
"To be honest with you, they're yin and yang,Cheap Jerseys Wholesale," Eric Berry said. "They're opposites, different ends of the spectrum in so many categories. But that's what is cool about them. I think we all just balance each other out. We feed off each other."
"It wasn't even an option,Cheap NFL Jerseys," Elliott Berry said. "We didn't want our parents to have to go to different games. It's already hard enough, they're going to have to pick when they're going to see our brother (Eric) play and when they're going to see us play. It would have been worse if we'd been at two different colleges."
"To me, the Berrys are very cerebral," Jones said. "They live football each and every day, and I think that's a great illustration, especially Elliott."