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Hunter Bryant | Tight End

Team: Washington Huskies
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 224

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Washington coach Chris Petersen says sophomore TE Hunter Bryant (knee) is "on track" to potentially return later this season.
"He’s doing really well," Petersen said. "We’re kind of on the same plan we’ve been on all season long. We said early on that there’s a chance he could play at the end of the year, and we’re on track." Bryant, an ESPN Freshman All-American in 2017, injured his knee in late October 2017, aggravated the injury earlier this year, and had surgery in June. "We had our plan from the start," Petersen said. "We planned on playing him late, and as long as his health holds up, we’re just sticking to that plan." Oct 4 - 3:24 PM

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Washington HC Chris Petersen confirmed offseason speculation that sophomore TE Hunter Bryant earlier underwent knee surgery.

Speculation on a potential surgery for Bryant first began to bubble in early June after he posted -- and then deleted -- a picture on his Instagram which showed his leg heavily wrapped. Petersen would not confirm the procedure in a July radio appearance, but finally came clean on the matter during Pac-12 Media Day on Wednesday. He's hopeful that the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder will be able to return before the end of the upcoming season, but there's no concrete timetable for when he might next see the field. Bryant logged a 22-331-1 receiving line as a true freshman before a left knee injury sidelined him over the final weeks of the past campaign. With him ruled out for the foreseeable future, UW figures to give upperclassman TE Drew Sample and redshirt freshmen Jacob Kizer and Cade Otton close looks in August camp. Sample has experience starting, but even with that factored in, Bryant's loss is a major one for the Huskies. He may well have been their top receiver this season if healthy.
Jul 25 - 1:48 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen told Sports Radio 950 KJR that there was "nothing to share" about sophomore TE Hunter Bryant's leg injury.

There was wide speculation that Bryant had torn his ACL after he posted an Instagram photo of him on crutches with text that read that he couldn't "hoop" for nine months. Petersen told KJR host Dave Mahler that they would address Bryant in a couple of weeks, but did add that that Bryant was "trending up." We'll know more in August -- and this doesn't tell us much -- but it's good to hear that Bryant is on the right path, anyway. He'd be a major loss to the playoff-hopeful Huskies if he's unable to play at all in 2018.
Jul 9 - 1:12 PM

An Instagram story posted by Washington sophomore TE Hunter Bryant on Saturday morning has led to internet rumors that he tore his ACL.

In the Instagram post, a picture depicts an immobilized and wrapped left leg propped up with crutches in the background. The text reads: "the saddest thing is i can't hoop for 9 months" with three crying emojis. Nine months is typically the recovery timeline given to those who have torn their ACLs. The post has since been deleted from Bryant's account and no UW sources have, as yet, publicly commented. Bryant suffered a partially-torn ACL last fall. He was able to return to play a few snaps in the bowl game. He was a partial participant during spring practices. Bryant is one of the country's most exciting young tight ends. His loss would be a blow to Washington's offense. We'll have more when more is known.
Jun 9 - 7:11 PM

Washington freshman TE Hunter Bryant (knee) is dressed and warming up in advance of Saturday's Fiesta Bowl matchup with Penn State.

Bryant (6'2/239) has been taking part in drills pregame while sporting a large brace on his knee. He has not played since suffering a partially torn ACL against UCLA on Oct. 28, but early indications on Saturday are trending toward the frosh tight end taking the field for the first time in over two months. He had caught 22 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown before sustaining the knee injury.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 03:44:00 PM

Washington freshman TE Hunter Bryant (knee) practiced on Tuesday.

Bryant (6'2/239) was taking part in drills during Tuesday's practice and has been working out with the team in their pre-Fiesta Bowl preparations for Penn State. The true freshman tight end was a fantastic performer through the first two months of the season, but disaster struck when he sustained a partially torn ACL against UCLA at the end of October. He had logged a 22-331-1 receiving line prior to that injury. We should have a definitive idea as to Bryant's availability for Saturday's bowl as we draw closer to kickoff.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 02:20:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen says freshman TE Hunter Bryant (knee) is practicing and could play in the Fiesta Bowl against Penn State.

It would be a surprise if Bryant can make it back, but the Huskies are sure hoping he can. The 6-foot-2, 239-pounder suffered a partially torn left ACL against UCLA on Oct. 28. At that time, Pro Football Focus graded Bryant as the nation’s top-ranked overall freshman. Bryant was subsequently named to ESPN’s Freshman All-America team despite the fact that he missed a month of game play; he had a 22-331-1 receiving line when he went down. The Seattle Times reported last week that while Bryant had begun to jog at practices, he was still "considered a long shot to play" in the Fiesta Bowl. We'll find out soon.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:03:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen says that freshman TE Hunter Bryant will be out "for a significant period" after injuring his leg against UCLA.

The injury occurred after he made and 18-yard grab in the first-half of the Husky win on Saturday over UCLA, and he looked to be in serious pain. It's a big loss for the Huskies, who are already missing wideout Chico McClatcher and left tackle Trey Adams. Drew Sample and Will Dissly will serve as the tight ends until Bryant returns, which may not be until 2018 based on how Petersen talked in his press conference.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 06:05:00 PM

Following Saturday's win over UCLA, Washington HC Chris Petersen did not have a definitive update on the status of freshman TE Hunter Bryant (leg).

Bryant had issues putting weight on his leg after he was dinged up in the first half of Saturday's victory. Petersen indicated after the game that the team would need to wait on medical evaluations before a more concrete update can be offered. The talented 6-foot-3, 238-pound true frosh was working to a 22-331-1 receiving line.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 02:17:00 PM

Washington freshman TE Hunter Bryant (leg) has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's game against UCLA.

Bryant had trouble putting weight on his leg when he left the game in the first half. Following examination in the locker room, the 6-foot-3, 238-pounder has now been nixed for the remainder of the contest. Further information as to the extent of the injury should be forthcoming during the next practice week.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 05:41:00 PM

Washington freshman TE Hunter Bryant was forced out by injury in the first half of Saturday's game against UCLA.

While the extent of the injury is not known at this juncture, Bryant appears to be dealing with a leg issue. He was unable to put much weight on his leg after leaving the game and subsequently headed for the locker room after being examined in the medical tent. Consider him questionable-to-doubtful to return to the game.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 04:53:00 PM

Washington freshman TE Hunter Bryant has received the highest score of any freshman graded by Pro Football Focus.

Bryant (6'3/238) has a graded score of 88.3, which ranks just ahead of Memphis freshman defensive Terrell Carter (88.2) and Wisconsin freshman tailback Jonathan Taylor (88.0). It's especially impressive when you consider that he started the year as the third-string tight end. Bryant might be the best player at the position for the Huskies since Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He should have his fair share of targets on Saturday against UCLA.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 08:10:00 PM

During his weekly press conference, Washington HC Chris Petersen said that he believes freshman TE Hunter Bryant can be the second option in the offense.

Bryant (6'3/238) had a breakout game against Cal on Saturday; hauling in nine passes for 121 yards and a score in the Huskies blowout victory. "I think he can (be that top option)," Petersen said. "I think our tight ends in general. The last couple of years everybody is like, they don’t use the tight ends. That’s not really the case. It’s really what we think is one, using our talent, and two, coverage dictates a lot of where the ball goes." Bryant and the Huskies will travel to Arizona State next Saturday, and Bryant will likely again be a key part of the offense.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 09:26:00 PM

Washington freshman Hunter Bryant caught nine passes for 121 yards and two scores in a 38-10 drubbing of Cal on Saturday.

Bryant (6'3/238) looked like the second option the Huskies are going to need to advance to the playoff for the second straight season. Quarterback Jake Browning had plenty of time to throw the football, and Browning found him on crossing routes and throws near the sideline on several occasions. His touchdown was an 11-yarder from Browning where he fought off the defender near the sideline to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead. Bryant should just get better as the year progresses, and could have a great day against the awful ASU secondary next week.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 01:58:00 AM

Washington freshman TE Hunter Bryant will work as the No. 2 tight end behind Will Dissly in Saturday's game against Fresno State.

Bryant (6'3/238) has caught just two passes for 14 yards through two contests this season, but he is likely to take on an expanded role as the season progresses. Said Huskies TE coach Jordan Paopao, "We’re not re-inventing plays by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s really being able to internalize a lot of the information that was being thrown at him." Paopao added that "[s]lowly but surely, we are getting there pretty fast." With TE Drew Sample (leg) lacking a concrete timetable to return from injury, Bryant has an opportunity in front of him.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 07:00:00 PM