I thought since we'll be seeing Bryant in extended action for the first time ever today, despite him being around since the Sugar Bowl season, we might all enjoy a little re-primer on who he is and why we can expect good things.
Chris Bryant - 6-4, 320 lbs - RS Sophomore
4 - Star, #19 OG
HS Evaluation Said:
Big bodied lineman who can move well for a kid his size. Smart, and takes to coaching quickly. Has great power and strength. When he gets his hands on someone, he usually wins. He has exceptional punch and can knock defenders off balance easily. He still is somewhat raw with his hand placement and technique, and is a tad top heavy, but has a ton of raw ability, and the type of aggressive, hard working attitude you want in a lineman. - Allen Trieu
So, here is a big bodied kid that has good feet (pulling) and an exceptional punch, with proper guard size, who mostly needed technique work to move up. In a RS and then injury non playing year, his technique should be very improved. That's exciting to me.
When you consider the fact that Glasgow, while very good, is a walk-on and as such, probably not the fastest player *problems pulling), and also a little tall for Guard, a move to center (or outside) makes sense. Meanwhile, Jack Miller spent two years as the heir apparent to David Molk, only because there WAS nobody else. He has been trying to get to an effective playing weight since coming out of HS at 265 (an exageration, probably, too), and may be featuring more bulk than good muslce at this stage. Another year in the weight room might really benefit him.
Overall, adding a 4-star, #19 Guard, moving a player withou7t pulling speed to center and getting an undersized player with some obvious performance mistakes off the line could pay TREMENDOUS dividends in both the rushing and passing games. I know other people are saying this won't be a magic bullet, but I think there could be a whisp of magic in this move.