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Kelly Bryant (American football)

Kelly Bryant (born September 25, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Missouri Tigers. Bryant previously played for the Clemson Tigers.

Kelly Bryant
Missouri Tigers – No. 7
Career history
High schoolWren
(Piedmont, South Carolina)
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-25) September 25, 1996 (age 23)
Calhoun Falls, South Carolina
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Early yearsEdit

Bryant attended Wren High School in Piedmont, South Carolina. As a senior, he had 3,579 passing yards with 41 passing touchdowns, 720 rushing yards, and 14 rushing touchdowns. He committed to Clemson University to play college football under head coach Dabo Swinney.[1] During Bryant's junior year of high school, he was unable to play in the first half of a game, as he was vomiting blood in the locker room. Bryant was taken to the hospital and after an MRI, doctors found a large abscess blocking his lower intestine. Had this abscess not been found, it may have burst, leading to a life-threatening infection in his entire body. Doctors were successfully able to remove the abscess through an emergency surgery.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kelly Bryant
Piedmont, SC Wren HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 204 lb (93 kg) Apr 17, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 11 (Dual-threat QB)  ESPN: 10 (Dual-threat QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Clemson Football Commitments". Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  • "ESPN". Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Retrieved February 11, 2019.

College careerEdit



Bryant spent his first two years at Clemson as a backup to Deshaun Watson.[3] During the two years, he completed 13 of 19 passes for 75 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also had 178 rushing yards over 35 carries with three touchdowns.[4] During this time, Clemson would win both the 2015 and 2016 ACC Championships, as well as the 2017 CFP National Championship.


After Watson left for the 2017 NFL Draft, Bryant was named Clemson's starting quarterback to open the 2017 season.[5][6] Bryant led the Tigers to the 2017 ACC Championship, and a spot in the 2017 College Football Playoff, losing to eventual national champion Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The 2017 Clemson Tigers finished the season with a record of 12–2.


On September 25, 2018, after week 4 of the 2018 season, coach Dabo Swinney announced that freshman Trevor Lawrence would be the new starting quarterback for the Tigers.[7] As a result, Bryant decided to transfer. He maintained his final year of eligibility, despite starting 4 games of his senior year, due to a recent change in NCAA redshirt guidelines.[8] The Tigers would go on to win the 2019 CFP Championship. Due to Bryant's decision to leave the team early in the season, Swinney chose not to give Bryant a championship ring.[9][10]



On December 5, 2018, Bryant announced that he would transfer to Missouri.[11] The following year he became a quarterback for the 2019 Missouri Tigers.[12] In the Tigers' first game of the 2019 season, a 31–37 loss at Wyoming, Bryant threw a career-high 423 yards.[13]


  1. ^ Robinson, Manie (April 17, 2014). "Wren quarterback Bryant commits to Tigers". The Greenville News. Gannett. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Schlabach, Mark (November 2, 2017). "Replacing Deshaun Watson is nothing compared to what Clemson QB Kelly Bryant endured". ESPN. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Keepfer, Scott (October 28, 2015). "Freshman Kelly Bryant moving up Clemson's QB depth chart". The State. McClatchy. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Connolly, Matt (August 21, 2017). "Kelly Bryant named Clemson's starting QB". The State. McClatchy. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Adelson, Andrea (August 21, 2017). "Kelly Bryant will start at QB for Clemson to open season". ESPN. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Connolly, Matt (August 22, 2017). "Bryant won't get complacent after winning starting QB job". The State. McClatchy. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Cooper, Sam (September 24, 2018). "Clemson makes change, names Trevor Lawrence starting quarterback". Yahoo Sports. Verizon Media. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Robinson, Manie (September 26, 2018). "In exclusive interview, Clemson football QB Kelly Bryant says he will transfer". The Greenville News. Gannett. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Fonrelli, Tom (August 8, 2019). "Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has a simple answer for not giving Kelly Bryant a national championship ring". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Frederickson, Ben (August 9, 2019). "BenFred: Everything you (don't) need to know about the Dabo Swinney-Kelly Bryant ring debate". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  11. ^ Hale, David M. (December 5, 2018). "Ex-Clemson QB Kelly Bryant says he's transferring to Missouri". ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Associated Press (August 30, 2019). "Missouri debuts new QB Bryant on road against Wyoming". Detroit Free Press. Gannett. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Schiffer, Alex (August 31, 2019). "Inside Kelly Bryant's first start for Missouri ... a game that ended with a loss". Kansas City Star. McClatchy. Retrieved September 2, 2019.

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