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UB OLB Brandon Berry quits team

The University at Buffalo linebacking corps got a little thinner this week.

Senior Brandon Berry, who was backing up Jarrett Franklin at an outside position, has quit the team.

Berry made second-team all-Mid-American Conference as a junior last season, his first as a starter. He ranked eighth in the MAC in tackles with 104 and 12th in tackles for loss with 11.5. Franklin, a starter from 2014 who sat out last year with a back injury, is back to full health this year and won the starting spot as the outside linebacker on the short side of the field.

“It was just best for me,” Berry said in a message to The News.

Berry was not in uniform for UB’s win over Army on Saturday.

“He’s no longer in the program,” said UB coach Lance Leipold. “It was his decision. He was not dismissed from the team.”

Berry played 54 defensive snaps through the first two games, Franklin played 86. Franklin played 86. Franklin played all the snaps against Army.

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