5’9 215 Lbs.
2012 Season: The former Parade All-American started his Ole Miss career with a stellar freshman campaign. Bryant recorded 61 tackles and was named a third-team all-american by Phil Steele.
He took a step back in his sophomore season as his position was essentially eliminated in leu of the hybrid position manned by Denzel Nkemdiche. Bryant still played in all 13 games, recording 28 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. His best game was against the Auburn Tigers where he recorded 3 tackles and 2.0 TFL.
Value: The linebacker depth for the Rebels is considerably thin. With the graduation of Joel Kight, Bryant should see an increased role outside. Mike Marry and DT Shackleford will play the most up-the-middle with Nkemdiche sharing some time with Antonio Conner at the hybrid spot.
Aside from Bryant, there is not much experience behind him. Keith Lewis, a highly-touted prospect from the 2011 class, and Temario Strong, a product of South Panola, will also get reps at the linebacker spots. If Bryant can contribute and improve upon his sophomore season, then he will be a huge asset. If not, it could be the weak spot of the defense.