4   David Bryant
David Bryant

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
St. Louis, MO

High School:
Ladue Horton Watkins

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 210

Position:
FS

Experience:
3L


Member of Coach Kill's Leadership Council.

2008: Paced the MAC's top defensive unit with a team-high 83 tackles, including 46 unassisted. Recorded single-season career-highs in solo tackles (46), assists (37), total tackles (83), tackles for loss (2) and forced fumbles (3). Led the Huskies in tackles four times: at Minnesota (8-30), at Western Michigan (9-6), vs. Miami (OH) (10-11), and vs. Navy (11-25). Ended the regular season with a career-best 12 tackles against the Midshipmen, with a season-high 10 assisted tackles and one forced fumble. Had nine tackles each against Miami and Central Michigan (11-12). Totaled five tackles, one for loss, forced one fumble and broke up a pass against Indiana State (9-20). Recorded eight tackles, including six solo stops, at Western Michigan (9-6). Had seven tackles and forced one fumble at Minnesota. Tallied seven stops, including one tackle for loss at Ball State (11-5).

2007: Moved to running back in the spring after spending 2006 on the defensive side of the ball. Played seven games as primary back-up to Justin Anderson. Ranked second on the team with 245 yards, 62 carries, and two rushing touchdowns. Made five receptions for 34 yards, all against Ball State (11-24). Had career-highs of 28 carries and 110 yards in the win over Kent State (11-10). Totaled 54 yards on six carries for a 9.0 yards-per-carry average at Toledo (10-27). Scored one touchdown on a four-yard run and had a career-long 38-yard burst in that game. Rushed for 37 yards and scored on a two-yard touchdown run vs. Ball State (11-24). Ran for 39 yards on seven attempts at Central Michigan (9-29).

2006: Played all 13 games and made one start while playing linebacker and on special teams. Totaled 10 tackles and one pass break up on the season. Made collegiate debut and recorded two stops at Ohio State (9-2). Credited with two tackles against Buffalo (9-16). Made first collegiate start and collected three tackles and one pass break up vs. Indiana State (9-23). Made two stops vs. Central Michigan (11-17). Recorded one tackle vs. TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).

2005: Redshirted.

High School: Team captain, team Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Award recipient, first team All-Suburban East Conference at both running back and linebacker, second team St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro at linebacker, third team Missouri Football Coaches Association Class 4 All-State at running back, and Missouri Sportswriters Association first team Class 4 All-State at linebacker as a senior. Led team with 1,012 rushing yards, 19 touchdowns and 127 tackles while recording two interceptions for 32 yards and punting three times for 81 yards on a 9-1 squad during his senior season. Totaled 1,755 rushing yards and 275 tackles as an upperclassman. First team All-Suburban East Conference at linebacker with 148 tackles and seven sacks on 13-1 state runner-up as a junior. Lettered three times in football and four times in track. Member of state track championship team as a sophomore and state runner-up squad as a junior.


Personal: Born August 7, 1987 in St. Louis. Communication studies major. Uncle, Henry Jones, was an All-Big Ten safety at Illinois who went on to a 12-year NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons that included an All-Pro selection in 1992 and Super Bowl appearances in each of his first three seasons. Fan of Jim Brown.

BRYANT'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year G/GS Solo Assist Total TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU
2006 13/1 4 3 7 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/1
2007 7/0 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0
2008 13/13 46 37 83 2-2 0-0 3/0 0/3
Career 33/14 51 41 92 2-2 0-0 3/0 0/4

BRYANT'S CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds./Gm
2007 7/0 62 273 4.0 2 38 35.0

BRYANT'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Rushing Attempts: 28, vs. Kent State, 11-10-07
Rushing Yards: 110, vs. Kent State, 11-10-07
Rushing TDs: 1 twice, last vs. Ball State, 11-24-07
Long Run: 38, at Toledo, 10-27-07
Tackles: 12, vs. Navy, 11-25-08

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