|Height: 6-2 | Weight: 218 | College: Miami (Fla.)|
Positives He shows adequate quickness to drop and get to his set point. He is an accurate short area passer whose throws seem to lose velocity and zip when he has to toss the ball when on the move. He does throw a catchable ball on slants and crossing patterns. Berlin played with much better awareness and cut down on his interception rate in 2004 compared to the previous season. He developed better touch on his short throws, especially on fade routes and screens. He is at his best when allowed to sit in the pocket, make proper reads and step up to make throws. He showed improvement looking off his primary target to find his secondary receivers in 2004, showing good accuracy inside the hashes on underneath tosses.
Negatives Berlin is a shorter than ideal quarterback with adequate muscle development, decent timed speed and short arms. Berlin is a classic drop-back passer who seems to lose his poise and play with poor instincts when pressured. When he has to go long, his receivers will generally have to adjust in their routes or work back for the ball, as it seems to die in flight. When he is pressured, Berlin will bail out and scramble at the first flash of a pass rush and his lack of accuracy throwing on the move will usually get him into trouble. When he has to hit his receivers along the perimeter, he does not do a great job of timing those throws. As a senior, he was so conscious of throwing the ball into traffic that he sometimes held on to the ball too long waiting for the route to develop, resulting in costly sacks and fumbles. Ball security has been an issue with Berlin, as he has fumbled sixteen times over the last two years. While he possesses good timed speed and will buy time rolling out of the pocket, he is not the type of player that can cause a defense any damage by running with the ball. This is strictly a drop-back quarterback with marginal size and adequate arm strength.
Started every game, except vs. Syracuse in his first year with the Miami varsity Gained 2419 yards with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions on 211 of 352 passes (59.9%) His 211 completions and 352 attempts rank seventh on the school's season-record list Averaged 218.9 yards per game in total offense Turned the ball over four times on eight fumbles and was sacked eleven times for losses of 74 yards Was particularly effective on third downs, completing 69 of 100 pass attempts (69%) for 706 yards converting 45 of 97 situations into first downs (46.4%).
2003 GAME Analysis
Louisiana Tech Debuted as UM's starter in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, completing 14 of 28 passes for 203 yards, two touchdowns with one interception.
Florida Led the largest home comeback in Miami history (second-largest overall)
as the Hurricanes erased a 33-10 third quarter deficit to defeat Florida, 38-33, in his home debut Hit on 18 of his final 20 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns over the game's final 21 minutes Started the rally by connecting with flanker Kevin Beard on a 62-yard pass and run for a touchdown Was 27 of 41 (65.9%) for 340 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
East Carolina Connected on 14 of 24 throws for 190 yards and a 50-yard touchdown to Roscoe Parrish and also had one interception.
Boston College Completed 18 of 30 attempts for 151 yards with one interception.
West Virginia Set a Miami single-game record for completions and attempts, as he hit on 37 of 54 (68.5%) tosses for a season-high 352 yards and led a last-minute drive to the winning field goal in a 22-20 victory.
Florida State Overcame three interceptions to gain 181 yards on 15 of 28 passes and a touchdown in a driving rain during a 22-14 win at Florida State.
Temple Followed with 16 of 26 (61.5%) passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns without
Virginia Tech Intercepted twice as he hit on 16 of 25 throws.
Tennessee Had another two passes picked off, completing 22 of 35 (62.9%) chances for 213 yards before being benched.
Syracuse Lost his starting job for the game, playing only one series and throwing one incompletion against the Orangemen.
Rutgers Returned to the starting role, leading Miami to a 34-10 win as he completed 6 of 14 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
Pittsburgh Completed a season-high 70.6 percent of his passes, going 12 of 17 for 195 yards and one touchdown with one interception as Miami clinched the Big East title Capped the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown strike to Roscoe Parrish.
Florida State (Orange Bowl) Facing the Seminoles for the second time in 2004, he completed 14 of 29 passes for 157 yards with one interception.
Sat out the year under NCAA transfer rules.
Appeared in seven regular season games with the Florida Gators, earning a starting assignment vs. Maryland in the Orange Bowl Completed 36 of 60 passes (60.0%) for 483 yards, nine touchdowns and only one interception Averaged 67.7 yards per game in total offense.
2001 GAME ANALYSIS
Marshall Opened the season with 5 of 8 passes for 55 yards and a score.
Louisiana-Monroe Relieved Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter, connecting on 9 of 13 attempts for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Kentucky Completed all three pass attempts for 95 yards and a score.
Mississippi State Gained 114 yards with a touchdown on 7 of 17 tries.
Louisiana State Followed with 4 of 9 passes for 40 yards, a score and an interception.
Vanderbilt Connected on 7 of 9 attempts for 74 yards and three touchdowns.
Maryland (Orange Bowl) Threw for 196 yards on 11 of 19 tries with two interceptions and a 46-yard touchdown to Taylor Jacobs.
Appeared briefly in four games as a true freshman at Florida Completed 17 of 27 passes (63.0%) for 170 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
2000 GAME ANALYSIS
Middle Tennessee Made his collegiate debut with 2 of 4 passes for 11 yards.
Mississippi State Threw for a season-high 148 yards with a pair of scores on 13 of 19 attempts.
No injuries reported.
Sociology major Brother, Corey, played football at Louisiana Tech Son of Rick and Nancy Berlin Born 7/04/81 Resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.
CAMPUS: 4.84 in the 40-yard dash 300-pound bench press 415-pound squat 274-pound power clean 32-inch vertical jump 4.27 20-yard shuttle 30 5/8-inch arm length 9 3/8-inch hands Right-handed.
Attended Evangel (Shreveport, La.) Christian Academy, playing football for coach Dennis Dunn Considered one of the nation's elite prep players in 1999 Consensus All-American and named USA Today's National Offensive Player of the Year and the Gatorade National Player of the Year Rated the nation's top prep quarterback by Super Prep, Prep Star, National Bluechips and Prep Football Report Completed 290 of 477 passes during the 1999 season for 4,219 yards and 36 touchdowns Compiled a 45-0 record as a starting quarterback and ranked number two all-time in national prep history with 964 completions in 1,467 attempts (65.7%) for 13,902 yards with 145 touchdowns and just 33 interceptions Led Evangel Christian to three state titles and was named Louisiana's 1999 Player of the Year by USA Today Honor Roll student and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.