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Miami’s Braxton Berrios earns Jim Tatum Award

miamiMiami senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios has been named the recipient of the 2017 Jim Tatum Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday.

The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete (in athletic eligibility) among the league’s football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the 1950s at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete.

Berrios will be recognized this weekend during activities surrounding the 2017 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, which is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. Berrios and his Coastal Division champion Hurricane teammates will square off against Atlantic Division champion Clemson for the title.

Berrios, who has compiled a near-perfect GPA, is the Hurricanes’ fourth NFF National Scholar-Athlete.

“Braxton is the epitome of the student-athlete at the University of Miami,” said Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt. “His dedication, effort and leadership both on the field and in the classroom serves as an inspiration to our players, coaches and staff. I couldn’t be prouder of Braxton for earning the Jim Tatum Award, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”

A two-time Academic All-District and Academic All-ACC selection, Berrios is on pace to graduate in December as a double major in finance and entrepreneurship. The 2015-16 Miami Scholar-Athlete of the Year also received the football team’s 2016 Mariutto Family Scholar-Athlete Award. A Dean’s List member every semester of his college career, Berrios earned President’s List honors three times and was named to the Provost’s Honor Roll seven times.

Berrios has been a force on the field for the Hurricanes for four seasons, playing wide receiver and returning punts. He leads this year’s Miami team in receptions (45), receiving yards (583) and touchdown catches (nine). Berrios earned ACC Receiver of the Week honors after his multi-touchdown performance against rival Florida State on Oct. 7, which snapped Miami’s seven-game losing streak versus the Seminoles.

Berrios has helped Miami reach three consecutive bowl games, including a win over West Virginia in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl in which he had 64 receiving yards and a touchdown. As a junior, Berrios finished 11th nationally in punt return average (11.3 yards) and was awarded the 2016 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero Award.

Off the field, Berrios is a two-time participant in the football team’s annual bone marrow drive. The Raleigh, North Carolina, native has visited Holtz Children’s Hospital, and he took part in the Hurricanes’ hospital visit during the 2015 Sun Bowl.

Berrios becomes the first Miami recipient of the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award.

 
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