Golden: Berrios finds a way
Posted July 25, 2014
At Leesville Road High School, Braxton Berrios was one of the most sought after recruits in the Class of 2014, and when he finally landed at the University of Miami, he encountered an immediate setback.
After playing in the Under Armour All-American Game, Berrios found out he had a torn ACL. Since, he has undergone a recovery process in order to prepare for his freshman season. Miami coach Al Golden believes Berrios will be ready.
"Braxton is going to be ready to go here. We open up camp [on Aug. 5], and he'll be full go," Golden said. "We may have to watch him a little bit early in training camp just to be prudent."
Berrios shares Golden's optimism.
"My knee is doing great," Berrios told WRAL's Jeff Gravley. "I should be cleared fully in the next week ... and I'm extremely excited to finally hit that field again."
Golden has been impressed with what he has seen from Berrios, not just on the football field, but when it comes to character.
"Did you ever just meet the guy who can just figure it out? That's Braxton Berrios. He's just one of those guys. He'll just figure it out," Golden said. "He'll never give you that look or the palms up, he'll just say, 'Okay, if that's what you want me to do, I'll find a way to do it.'"
Berrios is no stranger to coming back from injuries. Last fall, Berrios suffered a foot injury against Panther Creek High School. He missed the second half of that game and the entirety of the next five games. He made a comeback at the end of the regular season though, and appeared to be the same Berrios.
Golden said Berrios is motivated to return to the field in time for training camp because Miami means a lot to him.
"He bleeds orange and green now. He's one of those guys that wanted to be a Cane growing up, and we're very fortunate to have him in our program, and equally excited to watch him develop here," said Golden.
While at Leesville Road, Berrios played a number of positions. On offense he could line-up behind center as the quarterback, he could be a running back, and he also played receiver. Berrios could also be seen in the defensive backfield, he held the ball for field goal attempts, and he returned kicks and punts for the Pride.
Berrios probably won't play all those positions at Miami, but Golden does believe Berrios can contribute in many ways.
"He'll be really resourceful for us on special teams. He'll play slot receiver in addition to playing some Z. He'll be a kick returner, a punter returner. He's just one of those guys," Golden said.
Miami opens up the 2014 season on Sept. 1 at Louisville.