Written by T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)
2019 Countdown - #78
Name – Britt Beery
Position – Offensive Lineman (Redshirt Sophomore)
Hometown – Carmel, IN (Carmel)
Height – 6’6”
Weight – 313 pounds
The 2019 Hoosier Huddle Countdown is nearly a quarter of the way through! Yes, in only 78 days, the Indiana Hoosiers will kick-off the 2019 season against the Ball State Cardinals. Today’s countdown article focuses on an interesting player from a powerhouse Central Indiana high school program, Britt Beery.
Britt Beery played for Carmel High School, one of the premier football programs in the state. After providing depth as a freshman and sophomore, Beery stepped to the forefront in 2015 and 2016 as a strong-side defensive end. He posted 112 tackles, two sacks and six quarterback hurries. His tackling production helped him earn all-state honors and he was a two-time All-Marion County honoree. His leadership was highlighted as he was named captain for his senior season and helped lead Carmel to the 2016 6A state title. In addition to football, he earned three letters in basketball and found time to work on two Habitat for Humanity builds.
During the 2017 preseason camp, the Indiana coaching staff felt it would be best for Beery and for the program if he transitioned to offensive line and began putting weight on his frame. A few previous offensive line recruits had left the program due to injuries and there was a potential void at the position that the coaches knew they needed to address. Beery had the frame to help. He redshirted the 2017 season and showed his progression as he was named scout team player of the week for the Georgia Southern game. In 2018, Beery appeared in four games as part of the offensive line rotation.
Britt Beery is now 6’6” and more than 310 pounds. He came to Indiana as a 250-pound end and he is now a very large man that is playing on the offensive line. The question is, how much will he factor into the 2019 rotation and where will he line up? Beery has the height and length to be a tackle. We know that Coy Cronk is starting at left tackle and we know Caleb Jones has the inside track at right tackle. Beery factors in right behind those guys. He’ll spend the summer and fall competing with players like Davondre Love, redshirt freshman Aidan Rafferty and true freshmen Mike Katic and Matthew Bedford. How he fairs against those players will determine how much playing time Beery receives in 2019. A number of Hoosier offensive linemen are set to move on after this season and Beery still has three seasons to play so he certainly has plenty of time left to make his mark on the field in Bloomington.
Hutch’s Trivia Question
In honor of the late Terry Hutchens, we are including a daily IUFB trivia question from his book So You Think You Know Indiana University Football. Hutch is dearly missed and this is our way of keeping his memory with us this season. Please leave your answers in the comments section.
What was the capacity of the original Memorial Stadium when it was unveiled in 1925?
(check back tomorrow for the answer)
Yesterday’s Answer: Marquette
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