By Dana Becker
Anthony Berry is finding his name on the minds of college coaches around the country.
While Berry and his Iowa Central teammates were told they would not be playing this fall, that has not stopped the former Urbandale standout from receiving offers to continue his career at the next level.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle has picked up NCAA Div. I scholarship offers from Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University in recent weeks.
"I'm extremely blessed and thankful for these opportunities," Berry said. "I've always dreamed about playing at the D1 level, and it's a great feeling when all the hard work pays off. It also makes you more hungry to do better in everything you."
Berry has added 35 pounds since joining the Tritons as a freshman. He helped the team capture the Graphic Edge Bowl last year and win seven games overall.
"Iowa Central has helped me develop in a lot of areas," he said. "The coaches helped me improve my technique and they do a great job of teaching you the little details that will separate you from others. The biggest tools have been film and the weight room. We watch film everyday and always have something that we really focus on getting better for that day."
Currently, Berry is set to graduate in December and said he has yet to make a decision on his future.
"I still have a lot to think about until then and want to do what's best for my family and I," he said. "I plan on stepping on the field in spring.
"It was tough when we first found out that we weren't having a fall season, but that's just adversity. Our spring ball was moved to fall so we've been in the weight room and practicing. We're using this time to get stronger and develop ourselves on the field. We're using this as an advantage and making the best of it."