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Hunter Bryant | Tight End

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

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Washington sophomore TE Hunter Bryant caught three passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 28-15 win over Washington State.
Bryant (6'2/224) sat out the first two months of the campaign rehabbing from knee surgery, and while he returned in early November, the Apple Cup marked his first true breakout game of the season. And what a time for it. The sophomore tight end very nearly had two touchdowns on the evening, but was unable to quite bust it to glory on a 55-yard grab in the second half. He will look to put on another big show against Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Better late than never. Sat, Nov 24, 2018 01:24:00 AM

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Washington sophomore TE Hunter Bryant (knee) took part in pregame warmups in advance of Saturday's game against Stanford.

Bryant has yet to play this season due to an offseason knee injury, but he has been getting closer and closer over the past few weeks. He will make his debut on Saturday barring a late scratch. UW will also be getting RB Myles Gaskin (shoulder) back in this one.
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 08:56:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that sophomore TE Hunter Bryant (knee) is "close-er-er" to a return.

Petersen said likewise with Myles Gaskin, who is dealing with a shoulder injury. Both players have progressed over the practice week in advance of Saturday's game against Stanford, but Coach Pete's being coy enough here that it's difficult to tell how close either player really is to playing. Bryant has yet to take the field this season due his ongoing recovery from an offseason knee injury. The Huskies are also playing a little bit of redshirt math, here. Bryant should be able to play at some point before campaign's end. We'll see about this weekend.
Thu, Nov 1, 2018 05:14:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen told reporters at his Monday press conference that sophomore TE Hunter Bryant (knee) is getting closer to a return.

Bryant did travel with the team against Cal -- a pretty big surprise considering he was all but ruled out -- but he didn't part in the final warmups and was always unlikely to play. We'd be surprised if Bryant was active for Stanford, but with the new redshirt rules, there's a good chance the Huskies will have their star tight end for the final few games while still being able to give him another year of eligibility.
Mon, Oct 29, 2018 02:54:00 PM

Washington sophomore TE Hunter Bryant (knee) did not take part in final warmups in advance of Saturday's game against Cal.

Bryant did warm up early on, but was not part of formation warmups to wrap, a sign that he's unlikely to play. Because the sophomore tight end -- still yet to make his season debut -- can appear in up to four games and still maintain eligibility for a redshirt, the Huskies are likely readying him for a slick down-the-stretch return which would still save a year of eligibility.
Sat, Oct 27, 2018 06:36:00 PM

Washington sophomore TE Hunter Bryant (knee) was going through warmups prior to Saturday's game against California.

Bryant hasn't appeared in a game for the Huskies this season after aggravating a knee injury he suffered last offseason. Keep in mind that the sophomore going through a pregame warmup does not guarantee that he'll see action against Cal, but his return would give Washington a weapon in the red zone that it currently lacks. Per the new NCAA rules Bryant can play in up to four games and still take a redshirt.
Sat, Oct 27, 2018 04:47:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen told reporters on Monday that sophomore TE Hunter Bryant (knee) is "getting close" to a return.

Peterson told reporters earlier in the month that he was "on track" for a return. The freshman All-American has been out for all of 2018 after aggravating a knee injury he suffered a year ago in the offseason. The Huskies have gotten decent play out of Cade Otton and Drew Sample at the position, but Bryant is a different beast, and they have missed the talented sophomore; particularly in the red zone. Keep in mind that he can play in four games and still earn a redshirt season under the new rules.
Mon, Oct 22, 2018 03:03:00 PM

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."
Thu, Oct 4, 2018 03:24:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jul 25, 2018 01:48:00 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.
Mon, Jul 9, 2018 01:12:00 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.
Sat, Jun 9, 2018 07:11:00 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