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Bryant’s father puts transfer rumors to rest

Oct 9, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

Greg Bryant

If Greg Bryant is thinking about leaving Notre Dame after a slow start to his freshman season, it’s certainly news to his father. The true freshman running back, one of Notre Dame’s elite five-star signings of last season, hasn’t seen much of the field this season yet.That’s caused an awful lot of speculation along the interwebs about Bryant’s happiness on campus, especially as a five-man depth chart has been awfully hard to sort out.

But today Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson cut to the chase and tracked down Bryant’s father, who all but ended any of the rumors that had Bryant packing his bags and leaving town.

“Rumors, people assuming,” Greg Bryant Sr. exclusively told Irish Illustrated. “Yes, he’s frustrated, but what five-star freshman wouldn’t be? Those are just growing pains. He’ll be just fine. He needs a year to mature in the program.”

Sampson followed up on that quote to confirm with Bryant Sr. that his son wasn’t leaving and the running back’s father responded, “Absolutely.” That should end the weekly message board and Twitter crisis and return everybody’s attention to the season at hand, and allow Bryant to get back to rehabbing a knee that’s slowed him down thus far.

If you’re worried that a Bryant redshirt season could put him behind the backs ahead of him, including classmate Tarean Folston, it doesn’t take too much digging to find guys that have succeeded after a redshirt. DaVaris Daniels sat out his freshman season and immediately moved in front of veterans like John Goodman and Robby Toma. And of course there’s quarterback Everett Golson, who unseated Tommy Rees after a freshman season.

While we may not see Bryant for the rest of the season, it appears there’s still a future for Bryant in South Bend. Thanks to Sampson and the Irish Illustrated crew for putting this (ND) national crisis to rest.



  1. ndnapa - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I think ND is the perfect place for Bryant. He and Folston will be the top combination at RB in the nation for the next 3 years, and they will be running behind the best OL in the nation during that time. They’ll also be harder to defend in the Pistol once Zaire and Golson are running it. Then we’ll see the Kelly offense explode. Bryant will love playing here.

  2. getsome99 - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I don’t recall any of my posts being crude, racist, or overly offensive. I pushed back some last week while under attack from the Rees lynch mob, but generally speaking, I’m careful in what I say on the Internet and how I say it. While I’m all for free speech and exercising our liberties to ignore posts from people we don’t like, I have to agree that Dickasman has probably violated multiple site policies that would be more strictly enforced on other websites. I remember Keith used to delete some of his posts that we’re considered too offensive.

  3. getsome99 - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    If anyone has the time to do the research, it would be interesting to look at the Top 10 RB recruits of the 2013 class and see how they’re doing so far as true freshman.

    Would also be fun to look at the Top 10 (true) freshman RB’s in FBS right now and see where they were actually ranked in recruiting. Looks like the two ahead of Bryant has seen limited reps also although they have both scored at least one touchdown.

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