Football

WilsonBerry

  • position Punter
  • height 6-4
  • Weight 213
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Maribyrnong, Australia
  • High school Maribyrnong College

2022 – r-Freshman
• Starting punter in the last four games of the season (Vanderbilt, Georgia, Louisville and Iowa) after Colin Goodfellow’s season-ending injury at the end of the Missouri game
• Totaled 19 punts for 782 yards (41.2) with six punts inside the 20-yard line, two punts of 50-plus yards and seven punts were fair catches
• Got his first punt of the season in the fourth quarter at Missouri, a 35-yarder, for injured Colin Goodfellow
• Had his best game as a Wildcat against No. 1 Georgia, punting three times for a 46.7-yard average … Boomed a career-long 53-yarder in the third quarter
• Had three punts for a 42.7-yard average, including a 39-yarder to the one-yard line late in the game in the win over Louisville

2021 – Freshman
• Had four punts for 148 yards (37.0) with one punt instead the 20-yard line in two games played
• Missed a majority of the season with a back injury
• Had two punts for 71 yards (35.5) in the season opener vs. ULM, his first collegiate action
• Mid-year enrollee in January 2021

High School / Australian Rules Football
• Following in the footsteps of UK’s two previous Aussie punters – Matt Panton (2017) and Max Duffy (2018-20), the 2019 Ray Guy Award winner as the nation’s best punter
• Comes to UK from the auspices of ProKick Australia
• 247sports rated him as the No. 3 player out of Australia and the No. 7 punter in the 2020 recruiting class
• Coached by Nathan Chapman and John Smith at ProKick
• Following high school, played three years of Australian rules football for Essendon’s team in the Victorian Football League
• Prior to footy, attended Maribyrnong College, previously known as Maribyrnong High School, that specializes in sports

Community Cats
• God’s Pantry (2022) – Volunteered to pack food bags for a food drive

Personal
• Born in Ballarat, Victoria
• Son of Jason and Louise Berry
• Siblings are Jordan, Lachlan, and Oscar
• Married to the former Courtney Stewart of Paducah, Kentucky
• The couple has one son, Leo
• Older brother, Jordan, played football at Eastern Kentucky and recently was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers … Younger brother, Oscar, currently plays basketball at the University of North Florida
• Majoring in kinesiology
• While playing footy, held down a part-time job at Grill’d, a restaurant known for preparing healthy hamburgers … Started as a waiter before being promoted to the kitchen as a cook and then as an assistant manager

Wilson Says
• His nickname is “Bangers”
• Other than play in the NFL, his dream job is to be a physical therapist
• One word to describe him on the fi eld is “silky”
• To calm butterflies before a game he watches Max Duffy highlights
• The best advice he’s ever received is “life’s uncertain, eat dessert first”

Read more