Written By Alex Compton (@alexncompton)
The Hoosier Huddle Countdown to Kick-off has begun! There are now 93 days until the Indiana Hoosiers kick-off the 2017 season against the Ohio State Buckeyes. That still seems like a long way away and I suppose it is, but this countdown will fly by and it will be football season before we know it! Today’s countdown takes a look at #93 Britt Beery.
-Weight: 250 pounds
-Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
-Position: Defensive End
After being identified as a weak spot in Indiana’s defense before last season, the defensive line actually stepped up and put together a solid season. In order for the defense to reach its full potential this year however, they will have to take another jump, and the D-Line will have to be leading that jump. The line should be deep this year, but at least a few of the incoming freshman will have to play some snaps this year to make that become a reality. Britt Beery could be one of those guys for Tom Allen and defensive line coach Mark Hagen.
Beery was one of new head coach Tom Allen’s biggest targets after he made it extremely clear he was going to “INvade” the state of Indiana. The three-star from Carmel had a good amount of other offers including some from Big Ten schools, but ultimately said he chose IU because “IU just had a different feel about them, a better feeling about them”. He will come to IU as one of the taller players on the team, and the tallest player on the defensive line. He projects immediately as a solid contributor on the edge in run defense, and should develop into a solid pass rusher before his time as a Hoosier is done.
IU won’t be as thin as they were in the interior line last season, but Beery still could see some time at a tackle spot due to his size. His athleticism for his huge frame could cause guards and centers issues, so I would expect Tom Allen to get creative and use Beery at both end spots and on the interior. College football games, and football games in general, are commonly won in the trenches, so IU being able to bring in a guy like Beery who can play both spots is a huge luxury. Look for Beery to take some snaps as a true freshman this season.