Bryant Waiting for Opportunity

Fullback James Bryant is itching to blow someone up after not getting the opportunity last week against Florida State.

"Once I am in the game I am going in there to try and knock someone's head off, no matter what," Bryant said.

James Bryant is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound sophomore from Reading, Pa. In August, running backs coach Don Soldiner called out Bryant for not performing the way he needed to in order to play. It carried over during the first game in which Bryant was relegated to a special teams role.

Things have improved in the past 10 days for Bryant.

"I feel in the past week and a half, I come out on the field and I don't say anything and Coach Soldinger doesn't say anything to me, then I feel I am doing the right thing. The only problem I have is when I open my mouth and Coach Soldinger opens his mouth, then we have a problem. Lately, Coach Soldinger has not said anything to me, but good job. I have not said anything at practice at all."

After switching to the position in the spring he feels his blocking is coming around.

"Blocking is blocking," Bryant said. "It is just like tackling except you have to have your hands inside. I'm going in there to demolish someone. All I have to do is make sure I get on my guy and get him on his back."

Starting fullback Quadtrine Hill could line up at tailback against Clemson to give Tyrone Moss some rest. If so, Bryant would be the fullback in the backfield.

"If we do have us back there, then we just have to power the ball," Bryant said. "I do see it happening. We do it in practice sometimes."

Practice resumes today at 3:20 p.m.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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