Kelly Bryant (American football)

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Kelly Bryant
Missouri Tigers – No. 7
ClassSenior (Transfer)
Career history
High schoolWren
(Piedmont, South Carolina)
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-25) September 25, 1996 (age 22)
Calhoun Falls, South Carolina
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Kelly Bryant (born September 25, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Missouri Tigers and previously played for the Clemson Tigers until 2018 when he announced his intention to transfer after losing the starting position to freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Early years[edit]

Bryant attended Wren High School in Piedmont, South Carolina. As a senior, he had 3,579 passing yards with 41 passing touchdowns, 720 rushing yards, and 14 rushing touchdowns. He committed to Clemson University to play college football under head coach Dabo Swinney.[1] During Bryant's junior year of high school, he was unable to play in the first half of a game, as he was vomiting blood in the locker room. Bryant was taken to the hospital and after an MRI, doctors found a large abscess blocking his lower intestine. Had this abscess not been found, it may have burst, leading to a life-threatening infection in his entire body. Doctors were successfully able to remove the abscess through an emergency surgery.[2]

College career[edit]

Bryant spent his first two years at Clemson as a backup to Deshaun Watson.[3] During the two years, he completed 13 of 19 passes for 75 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also had 178 rushing yards over 35 carries with three touchdowns.[4] After Watson left for the 2017 NFL Draft, Bryant was named Clemson's starting quarterback to open the 2017 season.[5][6] Bryant led the Tigers to the 2017 ACC championship, and a spot in the 2017 college football playoffs, losing to eventual national champion Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The 2017 Clemson Tigers finished the season with a record of 12-2. On September 25, 2018, Coach Dabo Swinney announced freshman Trevor Lawrence would be the new starting quarterback for the Tigers. As a result, Bryant decided to transfer. He maintained his final year of eligibility, despite starting 4 games of his senior year, due to a recent change in NCAA redshirt guidelines. [7]


  1. ^ "Wren quarterback Bryant commits to Tigers".
  2. ^ "Replacing Deshaun Watson is nothing compared to what Clemson QB Kelly Bryant endured". Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Freshman Kelly Bryant moving up Clemson's QB depth chart".
  4. ^ "Kelly Bryant named Clemson's starting QB".
  5. ^ "Clemson names Bryant new starting QB".
  6. ^ "Bryant won't get complacent after winning starting QB job".
  7. ^ "Clemson football QB Kelly Bryant says he will transfer".

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