This Saturday, is senior day at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. It will be the final home game for many players who have turned this season into a remarkable experience. From now leading into the 2014 Egg Bowl, we at OleHottyToddy.com would like to take the time to appreciate the Rebel seniors and what they’ve accomplished during their tenures at Ole Miss.
In this article, we will look at…
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Serderius Bryant, Linebacker
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Background: Serderius Bryant came to Oxford as apart of the 2011 signing class. In high school, Bryant was named a Parade All-America selection. He was also named a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-Region pick and rated the No. 46 player in Florida SuperPrep.
Bryant was named Central Florida Defensive Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel as a senior in high school. Ranked the No. 83 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com. He was listed as the No. 14 outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com and was ranked No. 10 on the Orlando Sentinel‘s Central Florida Super 60 list and No. 34 on the paper’s Florida Top 100 list . He recorded 151 tackles, four INTs and 2.0 sacks as a senior in high school and helped lead his team to Class 6A state semifinals.
Career at Ole Miss: Serderius Bryant made his Ole Miss career debut on Sept. 3, 2011 in a home game against BYU, where he recorded one solo stop. Bryant started with a bang in his freshman year after being named SEC All-Freshman by the coaches. He played in all 12 games of his freshman year and finished fifth on the team with 61 total tackles and was ranked third among SEC freshmen.
During the 2012 season, Bryant played in every game as backup linebacker to Denzel Nkemdiche. It was the most quietest season of Bryant’s collegiate career, as he finished with 28 total tackles.
Bryant would meet expectations in the 2013 season, as Nkemdiche battled injuries during the regular season. Most of that season, he played as the starting stinger linebacker. He led the team with 78 total tackles. Twelve of those tackles resulted in a loss of yards, and he also recorded two forced fumbles. Bryant showed his toughness that season, and was one of the most feared players on the Ole Miss defense. His toughness was tested midway through the season, when during the Texas A&M game, he suffered a concussion in a severe head-on collusion with Aggie’s quarterback Johnny Manziel. He would return back to action just two weeks later against Idaho. He would recap his successful 2013 season as apart of the Associated Press All-SEC second team. College Sports Madness selected him as All-SEC third team. Phil Steele rated him as a mid-season All-America third team and All-SEC first team. Bryant was apart of the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list last season.
During this season, Bryant has once again had to step up in the linebacker role, as Nkemdiche will miss the remainder of the season after the LSU game. Since then, Bryant has recorded double-digit tackles in every game. He also even recorded his first collegiate interception in the shutout with over Presbyterian. Coming into the Egg Bowl, Bryant has 57 total tackles on the season, 6.5 resulting in a loss, a pass defended, and one interception. Bryant is expected to be a huge impact for the Rebel defense in the 2014 Egg Bowl. His role at linebacker will be a huge replacement in the 2015 season.
We would like to congratulate Serderius Bryant for all of his accomplishments at Ole Miss. Thank you for the amazing seasons, and we hope you have success in the years to come. Hotty Toddy!