Well-adjusted Greg Bryant primed to break out for Notre Dame

Well-adjusted Greg Bryant primed to break out for Notre Dame
March 19, 2014, 2:15 pm
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The Greg Bryant Show went on hiatus last fall, but with the redshirt freshman adjusted to college life, the hype is back.

Bryant, who came to Notre Dame last summer from the Miami area with tantalizing potential, had a knee issue that initially kept him sidelined after brief appearances against Temple and Purdue. But coach Brian Kelly ultimately wanted to hold Bryant out last year so he could get acclimated to college life outside of football.

After hitting all the marks Kelly expected, Bryant has been unleashed within Notre Dame's offense this spring.

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"I think he's really handled himself well outside the realm of football and settled in nicely at Notre Dame," Kelly said Wednesday. "I think that's probably the biggest thing that will allow him to be an outstanding player for us. Now it's just learning the offense."

Bryant will be one of three running backs shouldering the load out of Notre Dame's backfield this year, along with 2013 leading rusher Cam McDaniel and late-season breakout star Tarean Folston. He's a strong, physical runner with big-play potential, and certainly has a skillset that'll fit in nicely in the Irish offense.

But talent has never been the issue for Bryant.

"I think he's got the whole college experience in handling the academics and being away from home and the weather — he couldn't have got a worse draw on weather here as a kid from Florida — so I think he's acclimating quite well to all those things," Kelly said. "Now, I think he feels like it's smooth sailing for him, he can focus on just football."