SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Greg Bryant came to Notre Dame with plenty of buzz, the kind that follows just about every five-star recruit. But while the less-hyped Tarean Folston emerged as an effective weapon in his first year on campus, Bryant stayed on the sidelines.
Coach Brian Kelly decided to hold Bryant out for the 2013 season after he had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee to alleviate a bout of tendonitis. But keeping Bryant -- who briefly appeared in early-season games against Temple and Purdue -- sidelined wasn't just about his knee recovering.
"I think his experience here is going to be not just on the field but off the field as well," coach Brian Kelly said. "I think he's done a really good job -- grades aren't out yet, we always get a good indication, but he's handled himself well this semester."
A larger part of the learning curve for Bryant involved academics, and balancing a class schedule with practice and game days. And too, Bryant had to learn how to deal with not being the best player on his team.
Kelly said Bryant's father was key in giving him advice on how to handle sitting out and the day-to-day routine of weight lifting, classes, practice and studying. But Kelly said Bryant never showed signs of being unhappy with his situation, and expects the talented running back to make an impact in 2014.
"(We're) really excited about where he can be next year," Kelly said. "I think we did the right thing with him not playing this year because I can see his development and how he's going to help our football team next year. He's a dynamic player."