• Ben Hall

FAU tight end Harrison Bryant will look to continue success in Boca Raton Bowl and after college

In his career at Florida Atlantic, Harrison Bryant has made quite the name for himself. On Saturday, Bryant will play his final game as an Owl against SMU in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Bryant is from the Gray/Milledgeville area in Georgia. He attended John Milledge Academy in high school. Being able to represent this area with everything he has done with football means a lot to Bryant.

"It's been an incredible experience representing Gray and Milledgeville," Bryant said. "They're small towns and its fun to go back home at times. Seeing the people and see how happy they are for you and how respected you are in the area."

Since he has stepped foot on campus, Bryant has made an impact for the football team. As a freshman, he caught six passes for 63 yard. He was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. In his Sophomore season, his mubers excelled. He caught 32 passes for 408 yards and five touchdowns. He was named to Second Team All-Conference USA. As a Junior, he caught 45 passes for 662 yards and four touchdowns. He was named to First Team All-Conference USA and PFF Second Team All-American.

For 2019, Bryant had a stellar season. He caught 65 passes for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns. He was named to First Team All-Conference USA and First Team All-American by many different sites.

"My last four years have been a great experience," Bryant said. "I wouldn't change it for anything. Coach Kiffin coming in really helped me out personally and the rest of our program. We really changed it around in the past four years. Leaving as two-time conference champions and two 10/11 win seasons is incredible. It's been a great four years."

On Thursday, Bryant was awarded the 2019 John Mackey Award. This award is given to the most outstanding tight end in college football.

"It's just a huge honor," Bryant said. "Being the first person from FAU to receive a postseason honor like that. To represent the Conference USA and all the other group of five schools. Being the first group of five player to ever win the Mackey Award is incredible too. It's just an extreme honor being around all those great players. We were at dinner and I was just talking to Chase Young, just players like that. It was just incredible to be around them."

After the Boca Raton Bowl, Bryant will prepare for the Reese's Senior Bowl. The Reese's Senior Bowl is a post-season college football all-star game for NFL Draft prospects who have completed their college eligibility. Being invited to this game was an awesome moment for Bryant.

"When I had figured out that I had been invited, I was so excited," Bryant said. "I couldn't even open the envelope because my hands were shaking. But just to be able to go there and play with that type of talent in front of all the scouts and owners, it's going to be a very important few days for me. I feel like I'm going to have a good time and just soak it in and enjoy the experience too."

This Saturday, Bryant will be competing for his second Boca Raton Bowl victory. Following the bowl, he will be focussed on getting ready for the NFL Draft. Bryant is currently projected to be drafted in the third round of the draft and could continue to build his draft stock before the draft.

Photo by Lauren Sopourn/Sopournphotography

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