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Berry, Devine Making Impact in Montreal


Scooter Berry is still getting accustomed to the Canadian Football League and the version of the game they play up north.

In his first full season with the Montreal Alouettes, the former West Virginia defensive lineman has had to learn new rules, new fans and a new country to call home while he works on his craft.

"Well the CFL is a different game when it comes to alignment, rules, and the scoring system," Berry said over the weekend. "Montreal is a nice city. It reminds me of a mini, clean, foreign Manhattan. There is a lot of diversity, great food, great people and a lot of things to do. Hands down one of the best places you can live in Canada."

There is an easy way to transition to a new experience and Noel Devine provided Berry with just that. Berry provides it to Devine in return. With another college teammate of his on the roster, Berry was able to learn the ropes along with someone who he trusts and admires as a friend and as a worker on the field.

The WVU connection the two shared in four seasons together as Mountaineers came along on the trip across the border.

"Noel is like a brother to me. I tell that man I love him everyday," said Berry. "We both know what to expect from one another so we push each other often to represent West Virginia as best as we can. Walking onto the field Thursday night right before the game he looked at me said ‘Scoot, leave no doubt' and I just smiled and repeated him."

West Virginia fans need no translation of what exactly that phrase means to a Mountaineer. Both Berry and Devine played the majority of their college careers under head coach Bill Stewart, who made the phrase "Leave no doubt" so popular and meaningful in Morgantown when he delivered the words prior to the team's Fiesta Bowl win in 2008.

The words clearly still mean something to the teammates, carrying on their message as they work on acclimating to the professional game and making an impact beyond their accomplishments in the hills of West Virginia.

Like they did back in the winter of 2007, Berry and Devine went through a coaching change this past offseason. Though the circumstances surrounding the move were noticeably different, they watched as Marc Trestman left Montreal to take the head coaching position with the NFL's Chicago Bears.

In his place, the Alouettes called on Dan Hawkins, the former University of Colorado head coach who went 1-1 against Berry and the Mountaineers in games during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

"It's not like I haven't lost a head coach before," said Berry. "I know it's a part of the business and I'm glad [Trestman] was able to land a job in the NFL with the Bears. Hawkins is a good coach, he's a guy that loves the game, expects excellence and a hard work ethic out of all of his men."

With a new coach at the helm, Berry and his Alouettes went to work, opening the season with a performance worthy of celebration.

The former Mountaineer made his presence felt in the second quarter. With Montreal holding a six-point lead, linebacker Chip Cox held up the Winnipeg ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage and Berry came in to finish him off. He stuck his left paw out and ripped the ball loose, then reeled it in and brought possession back to the road team.

Devine got involved offensively and on special teams, finishing the game with 58 yards on 12 carries and one reception for 13 yards as he added 109 yards on five kickoff returns.

In the end, it was one game, one victory. The Alouettes took care of business to come away with a 38-33 win and some of the players found their head coach as he trotted onto the field to douse him in a shower of Gatorade before the team hit the showers.

"It was an awesome feeling to give 'Hawk' his first win as a professional coach," Berry said. "Our QB, [Anthony] Calvillo, actually awarded him the game ball in the locker room after the game. It was one of those moments you don't forget."

It was a game that many West Virginia fans were able to share with him, as it was broadcasted nationally in the States on NBC Sports. Berry took to social media Wednesday night to remind all of his WVU fans that if they tuned in, they could see two players who they rooted for in college do their thing as pros.

They listened, and the response he got reassured him that the Mountaineer faithful had not forgotten to support one of their own.

"Wow, WVU fans – I can't thank them enough for tuning in and showing support," Berry said. "I got a huge response and they were all excited to see Noel and I representing the great state of West Virginia. I hope as the season goes on they'll continue to watch."

And if they can continue to watch, Berry has a goal in mind for what he hopes they will see from him and his Alouettes.

"Individually, whatever I want to accomplish will happen as long as I'm playing the way I know how to play," he said. "As a team, we want the ultimate goal, the Grey Cup. We'll take it one day at a time, though, and control what we can."

The Alouettes won the Grey Cup – the CFL's version of the Super Bowl – in 2009 when former WVU running back Avon Cobourne led the team on his way to earning Most Valuable Player honors. Now two who followed his footsteps to Morgantown are hoping to reach his same heights in Montreal. 

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