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18   J.R. Bryant
J.R. Bryant

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Miami, FL

High School:
Killian

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 180

Position:
CB


At Florida State: Will compete to earn playing time at the boundary cornerback position...one of the most experienced members of the Seminoles' defensive backfield...has played in 34 games while earning 10 starts entering his senior season...has played in at least nine games in each of the first three seasons of his career...has played in three bowl games - the Gator Bowl against West Virginia in 2004, the Orange Bowl against Penn State in 2005 and the Emerald Bowl against UCLA in 2006...was a defensive starter in the Seminoles' victory over Virginia Tech in the 2005 ACC Championship game and the 2005 Orange Bowl against Penn State...named to The Sporting News All-ACC Freshmen team in 2004 while serving as the back-up to current Pittsburgh Steelers' defender Bryant McFadden...a tall cornerback who has strong coverage skills.

Junior Year (2006): Played in nine games while starting the first four (Miami, Troy, Clemson, Rice) at the boundary cornerback position...finished 12th on the team in tackles with 23 -- the second highest single-season total of his career...season-high five tackles came in the Seminoles' season-opening victory over Miami...totaled 13 tackles in the first four games of the season (all as a starter) with five coming against Miami, four against Clemson and three in Florida State's victory over Troy...recorded a single-season career-high two tackles for minus yardage with one each coming as a starter against Clemson and Troy...finished sixth among the Seminoles' defensive backs in total tackles.

Sophomore Year (2005): Appeared in all 13 games and started the final six...regarded as a solid tackler, he finished 10th on the team in 2005 with 35 stops -- the second highest total among cornerbacks ...20 solo tackles were eighth best among all Florida State defenders and were the most by any corner...had a career-high six tackles, including one for loss, in his first career start, a 35-27 FSU win over Maryland...matched his career high for tackles and had two key pass break-ups in the ACC Championship victory over Virginia Tech...three pass break-ups were fifth on the team and second among corners...recorded a tackle in 12 consecutive games dating to The Citadel game on September 10.

Freshman Year (2004): Played in 10 of the Seminoles' 12 games...the only true freshman defensive back to see playing time...moved up to second team at left cornerback behind Bryant McFadden prior to the Florida game...saw increased playing time against Florida when starting cornerback Leroy Smith went down with an injury...named to The Sporting News All-ACC Freshmen team and was one of the three true freshmen to be named to the defensive team...only tackle of the season came against Virginia.

High School: Graduated from Killian High School in 2004...a four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 3 cornerback in the country...named to the Riddell Footwear All-America team...PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team member...No. 2 rated defensive back on the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75...played both wide receiver and cornerback during his senior season...had 10 catches and two touchdowns as well as 37 tackles and four interceptions...as a junior, he rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns, returned 12 kickoffs (two for touchdowns) and returned 15 punts (two for touchdowns)...on defense from his cornerback position, he had 34 tackles, six pass breakups and one interception...was a member of the Florida squad in the 2004 CaliFlorida Bowl, returning a third quarter interception for a touchdown...selected Florida State over Miami, Florida, Ohio State and NC State.

Personal: Born June 6, 1986...major is social science.

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