The 2014 Ole Miss football season is just around the corner. Now that we have hit the 45 day mark until kickoff, we are going to countdown the most valuable Rebel players this season. Their rankings are based on their positions and how much of an impact they will bring to the table. Today on the countdown is…
LB, Sanford, FL
Bio: Seriderius Bryant came to Ole Miss as a member of the 2011 signing class. In high school, Bryant was a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-Region pick and rated the No. 46 player in Florida SuperPrep. He was named Central Florida Defensive Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel as a senior. He was listed as the No. 14 OLB in the nation by ESPN.com. In the 2011 Ole Miss season, Bryant was named SEC All-Freshman by the SEC Coaches and ESPN.com. He also received Freshman All-America third team honors by Phil Steele. He would post 61 tackles, which was ranked fifth on the team and third among freshmen in the SEC. In 2012, he played in every game and recorded 28 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss.
In 2013: Last season was the best of Serderius Bryant’s career at Ole Miss. Bryant played in eleven games, with seven starts at stinger linebacker. He led the team with 78 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. Bryant was ranked second on the team with 3.0 sacks. Bryant ranked 10th in SEC with 7.1 tackles per game, fourth with 1.14 tackles for a loss per game and tied for second with 0.27 fumbles forced per game. Bryant’s highlight games came against Southeast Missouri where he posted a career-high 15 tackles, against Texas where he led the team with 11 tackles, and against Texas A&M where he led the team 12 tackles. In the game against A&M, Serderius Bryant was involved in a serious injury situation while attempting to tackle Johnny Manziel. Bryant suffered a concussion and luckily no major head injuries beyond that – missing only the LSU game.
The Value: Six out of the eleven games Serderius Bryant played last season, he led the team in tackles. With those stats, you can’t argue with the fact that Bryant played a huge role in the Rebel defense. So, it is hard not to expect for Bryant to follow up his junior year with a successful senior season. Serderius Bryant plays the outside linebacker (stinger) role on defense and is backed up by Denzel Nkemdiche. Bryant’s injury last season was something that doesn’t happen as often as common injuries and he really doesn’t have that track record. So, as long as Bryant can remain healthy, there should be nothing preventing him from having a repeat season of last year – if not better.