The junior running back will be suspended to start the season, according to multiple sources, with the length of Bryant’s absence likely four games. The suspension was triggered by a violation of team rules.
Minus Bryant, Notre Dame will open against Texas with Tarean Folston and C.J. Prosise at running back, the program’s top two producing backs during spring practice. Folston led the Irish in carries and yardage last season while Prosise, working primarily as a slot receiver, paced Notre Dame in yards per carry.
Bryant’s father, Greg Bryant Sr., told Irish Illustrated that his son remains in summer school and has no plans to transfer.
“That's not even in the equation,” Bryant Sr. said. “We've been through that already when he was a freshman. That wouldn't be in his thoughts and if it was, it would have to go through me.”
Through two seasons, Bryant has posted 57 carries for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He played in just three games as a freshman (three carries, 14 yards) before the coaching staff shut him down with knee tendonitis, which technically preserved a year of eligibility for the former four-star recruit.
Bryant battled a high ankle sprain last season that limited his playing time at mid-season before returning late in the year with a career-best performance at USC of seven carries for 79 yards and a touchdown.