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Austin Bryant | Defensive End

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/12/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 280

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Clemson junior DE Austin Bryant will return to school and forego entering the 2018 NFL Draft.
Bryant was overshadowed at times this year by players like Clelin Ferrell -- who is also returning -- and Christian Wilkins, but the 6-foot-4, 265-pound junior had 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss on the loaded Clemson defense. He was seen by most analysts as a potential Day 2 pick, but another strong season could see him slide into higher discussions, depending on the strength of the class. Jan 13 - 7:55 PM

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Clemson junior DE Austin Bryant "plays with power and possesses the athleticism to win inside or outside against right tackles," writes NFL Media's Chad Reuter.

Bryant is overshadowed by fellow linemen Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell, and Christian Wilkins on Clemson's fearsome front four, but he's an ace NFL prospect in his own right. Through only seven games, Bryant has piled up 11.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. "Bryant's best football is in front of him, which should make him a favorite among NFL defensive coaches," Reuter wrote. Last week, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported that Bryant has been speaking with agents and could enter the draft after this season.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 06:46:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Clemson junior DE Austin Bryant has been speaking with agents and could enter the draft after this season.

Bryant has broken out with 28 tackles, 11 TFL, five sacks and five quarterback pressures in six games. Pauline additionally reports that linemates Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell are expected to enter the draft following this season as well.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 03:58:00 PM

Clemson junior DE Austin Bryant recorded seven tackles and four sacks in Saturday's 14-6 win over Auburn.

Clemson's defense was at its peak destructive power against Auburn, holding the opposing species of Tiger to just 117 total yards. They racked up 14 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a team, with Bryant leading the way via his quartet of quarterback takedowns. The 11 sacks were the most recorded in a game this season and the most since Houston disintegrated Louisville's offensive line last November. In a note of convenient timing, Clemson plays Louisville next Saturday.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 11:56:00 AM

Clemson sophomore DE Austin Bryant could have in Friday's game against Boston College, according to Dabo Swinney

Bryant has yet to play this season after suffering a foot injury in August that required surgery. Despite stating Bryant could have played, Swinney did not specifically say the edge rusher will play in the school's next game. "It’s just kind of him getting full speed, comfortable," Swinney said. "We’ll see, but he’s ready to play."
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 11:32:00 AM

Clemson sophomore DE Austin Bryant (foot) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Georgia Tech.

While Bryant won't see the field against Tech on Thursday, his return could come in Clemson's huge showdown with Louisville on October 1. That would be convenient enough for the Tigers. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder has yet to appear in a game this season as he continues to recover from a mid-August foot injury which ultimately required surgery.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 02:17:00 PM

Clemson starting sophomore DE Austin Bryant had a screw inserted into the bottom of his foot and will be sidelined for a "few weeks."

Bryant was expected to start. "We are hoping for the Georgia Tech game that he will be ready to roll, but we will see," head coach Dabo Swinney said. If Swinney's timetable is correct, Bryant will be sidelined for the first three games of the season, including the opener against Auburn. The next two opponents, Troy and South Carolina State, could be termed "cupcakes," but the opener against Auburn is important. Bryant apparently suffered the same injury to his left foot in high school. Clemson likes to rotate player sup front, but edge play from Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd were vital pieces to the team's success in 2015.
Source: TigerNet
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 08:47:00 AM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht notes that Clemson freshman DE Austin Bryant could be primed for a breakout in 2016.

"Bryant enters the spring as the front runner to fill some of the largest shoes in college football this off-season," Becht wrote. Those shoes, of course, belonged to Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd, who are bound for NFL glory or thereabouts. Because the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder received few reps behind those two stalwarts, his 2015 production was predictably thin--he recorded 22 tackles (2.0 for loss) and 1.5 sacks--but he was a four-star recruit out of Thomas County Central High School in Georgia and ranked as ESPN 300's No. 15 defensive end prospect for the 2015 cycle.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 03:16:00 PM