Bryant still a mystery

Bryant's impact on the team is not yet known, as there are a few factors that have not been dealt with yet – namely getting into Georgia with a qualifying test score

One year ago, Jamar Bryant was expected to be in Athens after signing with the Bulldogs in 2004. But after failing to qualify academically, Bryant spent the fall at Hargrave Military in Virginia. Several current Georgia players (including current running back Danny Ware) also spent time at Hargrave. Ware's impact on the team was immediate in 2004 when he started the season at tailback. Bryant's impact on the team is not yet known, as there are a few factors that have not been dealt with yet – namely getting into Georgia with a qualifying test score, which – to this point – has not happened yet.

Bryant could play wide receiver or safety at Georgia. He was a high school quarterback at North Carolina's Rockingham High School. He likely will line up as a wide receiver because he could make an immediate impact there. Had he wound up in Athens last fall, he might have gotten more of a look at safety simply because of Fred Gibson and Reggie Brown taking so many snaps. Then again that's hard to know for sure where he'll play if he arrives in Athens this fall. Look for him to get a good look at both before anything is settled on his final position destination.

"I want a receiver that can play and be productive," said Richt of Bryant a few months ago. "Can he get the job done? What happens with a bigger receiver that has good speed and strength is they tend to do a great job of blocking for you. They can make plays with the ball in the air against some of the smaller, quicker corners."

The other ingredient in Bryant's development is the rib injury he suffered in the fall of 2004 while playing for Hargrave. That sidelined him for a while, but he has since recovered. Bryant recorded a sub-4.4 forty time at Hargrave's combine in December, and while that time seems a little unrealistic, it does show that Bryant has speed.


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