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Dorien Bryant, WR

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 174 | College: Purdue
 
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Overview

An electrifying player, Dorien Bryant placed claim to 23 school and Big Ten Conference records during his time with the Boilermakers. A dangerous weapon at the slot receiver position, he is a capable deep threat with blazing speed, but has also proven to be an outstanding kickoff returner.

Bryant is one of seven players in school history to record 100-plus yards in two statistical categories in the same game and one of two to accomplish the feat twice (127 yards receiving and 102 on kickoff returns vs. Notre Dame; 153 receiving and 113 on kickoffs vs. Northwestern). He also excelled the Purdue track team in 2004-05. He finished first in the 200 meters at Gene Edmonds Cup with a clocking of 21.81. He was also a member of the 4x400 relay team (along with former football players Zach Logan and Ray Williams) that finished seventh at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with a time of 3:15.81.

Bryant attended Kingsway Regional High School, where he was ranked as ninth-best wide receiver and 75th-best player in the nation by Rivals.com. The All-State choice caught 28 passes for 460 yards (16.4-yard average), rushed for 1,977 yards on 218 carries (9.1 avg) and amassed 36 total touchdowns as a senior

He had 37 receptions for 650 yards (17.6-yard average), 94 rushing attempts for 1,215 yards (12.9 avg) and finished with 28 total touchdowns his junior season. Bryant also returned kickoffs and punts, in addition to lettering in basketball and track and field.

Bryant signed a letter of intent to attend Boston College in 2003. But he failed to qualify academically and spent the season at Fork Union Military Academy. He caught 30 passes that year, including nine touchdowns. He then enrolled at Purdue in 2004, starting two of 12 games at the slot receiver position.

He snatched 38 passes for 584 yards (15.4-yard average) and three touchdowns, adding 85 yards on seven carries (12.1 avg) with a score. He totaled 829 all-purpose yards and recorded three tackles on special teams, averaging 21.3 yards on six kickoff returns and 4.6 yards on seven punt returns.

In 2005, Bryant received second-team sophomore All-American honors from College Football News. He was selected College Offensive Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Southern New Jersey, appearing in all 11 games, including nine starts at slot receiver. He led the Big Ten Conference and ranked eighth nationally with an average of 7.3 receptions per game and ranked second in the Big Ten and 30th nationally with 87.3 receiving yards per game.

That season, Bryant led the team with 80 receptions for 960 yards (12-yard average) and four touchdowns. He rushed 21 times for 101 yards (4.8 avg) and three scores, adding 500 yards and a touchdown on 21 kickoff returns (23.8 avg) while posting two solo tackles. His 1,561 all-purpose yards rank eighth on the school's single-season list.

As a junior, Bryant started 13 games, coming off the bench vs. Maryland in the Champs Sports Bowl. He earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors from the media and led the league with 6.2 receptions and 76.3 receiving yards per game, while finishing fourth with 122.0 all-purpose yards per game. His 87 receptions rank fourth on the school record list and eighth in Big Ten history, as his 1,068 yards receiving (12.3-yard average) rank seventh on the Boilermaker annual record chart. He had six touchdown catches, 150 yards and two scores on 19 carries (7.9 avg) and returned 25 kickoffs for 490 yards (19.0 avg). His 1,708 all-purpose yards rank fifth in school annals.

In 2007, Bryant again received All-Big Ten Conference recognition and was named Player of the Year by the Brooks Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey and Touchdown Club of Southern New Jersey. He led the league and ranked eighth nationally with 7.27 receptions and finished second in the Big Ten with an average of 87.27 yards receiving per game.

He set the school record with 2,121 all-purpose yards, as he matched his career high with 87 receptions, good for 936 yards (10.8-yard average) and eight scores. He had 14 carries for 85 yards (6.1 avg), 15 punt returns for 93 yards (6.2 avg) and set the Big Ten record with 1,007 yards on 36 kickoff returns (28.0 avg) with two scores.

In 50 games at Purdue, Bryant started 36 contests as a slot receiver. He ranks second in school history with 292 receptions, third with 3,548 yards receiving (12.2-yard average) and tied for fifth with 21 touchdown grabs. He gained 421 yards with six scores on 61 carries (6.9 avg) and totaled 125 yards on 22 punt returns (5.7 avg). His 88 kickoff returns rank fifth in Big Ten annals and his 2,125 yards set the school record and ranks third in conference history, scoring three times. His 6,219 all-purpose yards set the Purdue all-time record and rank fourth in Big Ten history and 16th in NCAA 1-A annals.

Analysis

Positives: Undersized receiver who compensates with excellent quickness and an extra gear to stretch the field … Natural hands catcher who will lay out to get to the ball and keeps his feet along the sideline … Shifty route runner with good body control and excellent stop-and-go action … Adequate in the classroom, but takes plays from the chalkboard to the playing field with no problem … Shows natural instincts and awareness on the field, finding the soft spot in the zone … Has the short-area burst to catch the ball and accelerate without losing stride, as he reaches top-end speed off the line quickly … Can shift speeds during his route to influence defenders and gets in and out of his breaks with ease … Gets good depth in his routes and will extend for the yard marker … Jittery with good plant-and-drive out of his breaks … Lacks the size and strength to fight through the press, but when he keeps his pads down, he is rarely touched and shows above-average avoidance skills … Must show better consistency running routes (will either be sharp or take soft-angles cuts), but as a senior, he showed better detail to run clean patterns, using his quickness to get in and out of his cuts … Possesses the necessary speed to stretch the field vertically (must do a better job of working back on broken plays), showing the change-of-direction agility and feet to uncover and detach from cornerbacks … Better separating on deep routes than underneath, but he can turn a short catch into a long gain when he uses his fakes and lateral agility to elude … Has the natural hands to pluck the ball away from his body while on the move and is not the type that will use his body as a crutch … Adjusts naturally to the ball on deep routes, reacting adequately to outside shoulder catches (will get a little rigid in his turn on the ball, though) … Has the athletic ability to adjust and contort to come down with the jump balls (will lose some battles due to height issues) … Has had most of his success when used on bubble screens and end-around plays, as he uses his short-area burst to separate … Doesn't make a lot of moves after the catch as you would like (has good head fakes), but with his second gear, he can make the initial tackler miss and quickly get upfield … More of a north-south runner on kickoff returns, but shows the sudden burst and extra gear to take it to the house (will go down on first contact).

Negatives: Has a wiry build with a thin chest, lean lower frame, cut calves and needs to add bulk … Has a dislike for working in the weight room (lost eight pounds from the end of the season until he arrived at the Senior Bowl, checking in at 165 pounds) … Liability without the ball in his hands, as he is a marginal blocker, showing no interest in sticking his hat into the pile or facing up to defenders … Has loose hips, but his upper body has some stiffness, especially when he has to look the ball in over his shoulder (also struggled getting his body adjusted to field punts, resulting in several fumbles) … Needs to be monitored in the training room, as he will do what is asked (with prodding) and nothing more … Needs to mature off the field and was not a fan of the classroom … Has had one off-field issue that needs further clarification, resulting in an arrest in January 2006 … Called the toughest player on the team by the coaching staff, yet there have been times where he throttled down when not involved in the play … Must learn to tone down his actions on the field, as referees have noticed constant complaining … His motor runs hot and cold (will show great energy if his number is called, but wants no part of the action otherwise) … Despite his small frame, he comes off the line too upright at times and that causes him to take a few steps before he gets into gear … Not that instinctive to pocket pressure and needs to do a better job of working back for the ball when the quarterback is flushed out … Shies away from contact working in the short area and lacks the strength or size to power through a strong press … Will go through concentration lapses and must be more alert to his protection coverage on returns … Has good hand extension, but while he will compete for the ball, he loses his concentration in a crowd (hears the defender's feet) … Better fit as a slot receiver because of size issues, but needs to do a better job of taking angles to avoid traffic (has the speed to elude, but will run into spots).

Compares To: SHAUN McDONALD-Detroit … Both players are very effective slot receivers that compensate for size and bulk shortcomings with excellent quickness and an explosive second gear. Bryant has cat-quick moves getting into his route, varying his speed to take the cornerbacks out of their backpedal early. He has natural hands to look the ball in and will extend outside his frame. He needs to play within the team concept, as he is known to throttle down when not involved in the play and is certain to frustrate his position coach with his disinterest in blocking or performing in the weight room. He needs to add more bulk and strength. Maturity on and off the field will be his key issue. Some of the Purdue staff calls him the "toughest player" on the team and another Steve Smith. But he was too quick to resist contact and lost interest when his number wasn't called, leaving straight-line speed as the only real similarity to Smith.

Career Notes

Ranks 16th in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history with 6,219 all-purpose yards, breaking the old school record of 4,710 yards by Mike Alstott (1992-95) … That total ranks fourth in Big Ten Conference annals, topped only by Ron Dayne of Wisconsin (7,429 yards, 1996-99), Archie Griffin of Ohio State (6,559 yards, 1972-75) and Anthony Thompson of Indiana (6,466 yards, 1986-89) … His 292 receptions rank second in school and Big Ten history behind Taylor Stubblefield (325, 2001-04) and eighth in NCAA annals behind Stubblefield, Josh Davis of Marshall (306, 2001-04), Taurean Henderson of Texas Tech (303, 2002-05), Arnold Jackson of Louisville (300, 1997-2000), Trevor Insley of Nevada (298, 1996-99), Geoff Noisy of Nevada (295, 1995-98) and Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State (293, 2000-03) … His 3,548 yards receiving are third in school and conference history and rank second on the school all-time list behind John Standeford (3,788 yards, 2000-03) and Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue (3,629) … His 88 kickoff returns set the school record and ranks fifth in Big Ten history … His 2,125 kickoff return yards set a Boilermaker record and is topped only by Derrick Mason of Michigan State (2,575 yards, 1993-96) and Brandon Williams of Wisconsin (2,349 yards, 2002-05) … His three kickoff returns for touchdowns are surpassed only by Stan Brown (five, 1968-70) in school history and are placed behind Brown and DeAndra Cobb of Michigan State (four, 2003-04) on the all-time Big Ten list … Bryant's 87 receptions in both 2006 and 2007 rank fourth on the school's list and eighth in Big Ten annals … His 1,068 yards gained receiving in 2006 rank seventh on Purdue's annual record chart behind John Standeford (1,307 in 2002 and 1,150 in 2003), Chris Daniels (1,236 in 1999), Brian Alford (1,228 in 1997), Rodney Carter (1,099 in 1985) and Taylor Stubblefield (1,095 in 2004) … His 1,007 kickoff return yards in 2007 broke the old Big Ten season-record of 994 yards by Earl Douthitt of Iowa in 1973 and the old Purdue mark of 735 yards by Rod Woodson in 1986 … His 2,121 all-purpose yards in 2007 broke the previous school season-record of 1,870 yards by Leroy Keyes in 1967, while his 1,708 yards in 2006 rank fifth on that chart.

2007 Season

First-team All-Big Ten Conference selection by Rivals.com, but despite leading the league in receptions (6.69 per game) and finishing second in all-purpose yardage (163.15 yards per game), he was only named to the All-Big Ten second-team by the league's coaches and media … Semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation's outstanding receiver) and was on the Maxwell Award watch list (nation's outstanding player) … Named Player of the Year by the Brooks Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey and Touchdown Club of Southern New Jersey … Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors vs. Minnesota and co-Payer of the Week accolades vs. Iowa … Led the team for the third consecutive year with 87 catches for 936 yards (10.8-yard average) and eight touchdowns while starting 13 games at the slot receiver position (came off the bench vs. Iowa) … Rushed 14 times for 85 yards (6.1-yard average) and scored 60 points … Ranked second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally with a 27.97-yard average on 36 kickoff returns, setting both school and conference season-records with 1,007 yards gained … Also added 93 yards on 15 punt returns (6.2-yard average) … Set the school record and ranked second in the Big Ten and 17th in the nation with 2,121 all-purpose yards, an average of 163.15 yards per game.

2007 Game Analysis

Toledo … Bryant had just two catches for 12 yards while adding 16 yards on a punt return and 12 yards on two carries, but he did his most damage with two kickoff returns for 151 yards, returning one 91 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Eastern Illinois … The slot receiver bounced back with twelve receptions for 111 yards, including a 10-yard third quarter touchdown … He also had a 40-yard kickoff return, a 2-yard carry and a 24-yard punt return.

Central Michigan … In Purdue's first meeting vs. CMU in 2007, Bryant had six catches for 95 yards, three reverses for 39 yards and three kickoffs for 88 yards, but lost the ball on a punt return for a 1-yard loss.

Minnesota … The Boilermaker grabbed twelve passes for 150 yards, with touchdowns of 4 & 16-yards, as he also gained 77 yards on four kickoff returns.

Notre Dame … Followed with eight receptions for 82 yards, capping an 11-play, 81-yard second quarter drive with an 11-yard touchdown on a toss from QB Curtis Painter … He was tackled for an 8-yard loss on a reverse, but picked up 65 yards on three kickoff returns.

Ohio State … OSU cornerback Malcolm Jenkins led a strong secondary effort, as the Buck- completely frustrated Bryant, who was not only held to minus 4 yards on two catches, but was tackled for a 4-yard loss on a punt return and again for a 2-yard loss on a reverse.

Michigan … Bryant picked up 57 yards on six catches, grabbing a 21-yard touchdown pass from Curtis Painter with 0:08 left in the game … He also returned four kickoffs for 112 yards.

Iowa … Bryant came off the bench to haul in nine passes for 167 yards and a pair of touch-downs, capping a second quarter 9-play, 80-yard series with a 22-yard snatch and ended a third quarter 80-yard, 8-play drive with a 33-yarder.

Northwestern … Added 65 yards on seven receptions with a 21-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter … Also rushed three times for 18 yards and returned three punts for 11 yards.

Penn State … On the game's opening kickoff, Bryant raced 98 yards for a touchdown, as he also had five catches for 60 yards and finished with 154 yards on three kickoffs.

Michigan State … Gained 153 yards on eight kickoff returns and grabbed four passes for 23 yards while adding 16 yards on two carries.

Indiana … Made nine catches for 53 yards, had a 3-yard punt return and also gained 25 yards on a kickoff return.

Central Michigan (Motor City Bowl) … Closed out his career with 65 yards on five catches, 34 yards on two punt returns and 66 yards on three kickoff returns.

2006 Season

First-team All-Big Ten Conference choice by the media, adding second-team honors from the league's coaches … Named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list (nation's outstanding receiver) … Appeared in all 14 games, starting in 13 at slot receiver (did not start vs. Mary-land in the Champs Sports Bowl) … Led the Big Ten and ranked 11th nationally with an average of 6.21 catches per game … Led the conference and finished 23rd in the nation with 76.29 yards per game receiving … Placed fourth in the league with an average of 122.0 all-purpose yards per game … Paced the Boilermakers with a career-high 87 receptions, the fourth-best season total in school history … His 1,068 yards receiving rank seventh on the school's season-record chart, as he averaged 12.3 yards per reception with six touch-downs … Carried 19 times for 150 yards (7.9-yard average) and two scores … Returned 25 kickoffs for 490 yards (19.6 avg) … His 1,708 all-purpose yards rank fifth on Purdue's single-season list.

2006 Game Analysis

Opened the season with six catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns, adding 22 yards on three carries vs. Indiana State … Caught eight passes for 86 yards and rushed twice for 50 yards vs. Miami (Oh.) … Totaled 59 yards on six catches with a 27-yard score in the Minnesota clash … Gained 98 yards on four kickoff returns and 41 yards on three catches vs. Notre Dame … Followed with six receptions for 42 yards and five kickoff returns for 142 yards in the Iowa game … Grabbed seven passes for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 25-yarder that ended a 72-yard, 5-play first quarter series vs. Michigan State … Rushed four times for 32 yards and a 6-yard touchdown, adding nine catches for 120 yards, including a 20-yard score, as Bryant also returned three kickoffs for 43 yards in the Illinois contest … Caught eight passes for 76 yards, rushed twice for 15 yards and had two kickoff returns for 39 yards vs. Hawaii … Totaled 74 yards on five receptions and scored on a 15-yard reverse in the fourth quarter vs. Indiana … Hauled in eight passes for 101 yards and has a 21-yard kickoff return vs. Maryland in Champs Sports Bowl.

2005 Season

Named second-team sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com … Second-team All-Big Ten Conference choice by the media and honorable mention by the league's coaches … Selected College Offensive Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Southern New Jersey … Appeared in all eleven games, including nine starts at slot receiver (came off the bench vs. Akron and Indiana … Led the conference and ranked eighth in the nation with an average of 7.27 receptions per game … Ranked second in the league and 30th in the 1-A ranks in receiving yardage (87.27 yards per game) … Finished 20th in the nation with an average of 141.91 all-purpose yards per game … Led the team with 80 catches for 960 yards (12-yard average) and four touchdowns … Carried 21 times for 101 yards (4.8 avg) and three scores, adding 500 yards and a touchdown on 21 kickoff returns (23.8 avg) … Also made a pair of solo tackles, one each vs. Akron and Minnesota … His 1,561 all-purpose yards rank eighth on the school's season-record list … Became the seventh player in school history to gain over 100 yards in two statistical categories in the same game and only the second to do that twice (Notre Dame-127 receiving, 102 kickoffs; Northwestern-153 receiving, 103 kickoffs).

2005 Game Analysis

Came up with season-long 44-yard catch vs. Arizona … Had 95 yards receiving on just five catches vs. Minnesota … Registered 14 catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns vs. Notre Dame, as he also had 102 yards on three kickoff returns … Added 10 receptions for 141 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown catch vs. Iowa … Came up with a career-high and NCAA season-best equaling 16 catches (tied for third-most in school history) for 153 yards vs. Northwestern, as he also had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half, finishing with 113 yards on two kickoff returns … Caught a 39-yard touchdown pass vs. Michigan State.

2004 Season

Appeared in all 12 games, starting at slot receiver vs. Michigan and Indiana … Ranked third on the team with 38 receptions for 584 yards (15.4-yard average) and three touchdowns … Had seven carries for 85 yards (12.1 avg) and a score … Returned seven punts for 32 yards (4.6 avg) before being relieved of those chores after fumbling several times … Gained 128 yards on six kickoff returns (21.3 avg) and recorded three solo tackles … Gained 829 all-purpose yards, an average of 69.1 yards per game.

2004 Game Analysis

Caught four passes for 60 yards and a touchdown vs. Ball State and also had a 53-yard kickoff return in his college debut … Grabbed six receptions for 68 yards vs. Wisconsin and made his first career start vs. Michigan, responding with four grabs for 62 yards … Started vs. Indiana and came up with five receptions for a season-high 131 yards, including a long of 65 yards and a touchdown, as he also scored on a 62-yard reverse … Added four catches for 23 yards vs. Arizona State in the Sun Bowl.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.34 in the 40-yard dash … 31 1/2-inch vertical jump … 245-pound bench press … 405-pound squat … 31 5/8-inch arm length … 8 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed.

Off-Field Issues

2003: Failed to attend classes during his senior year of high school after signing a letter of intent in February at Boston College and did not have the required grades to enroll, as he failed to graduate and left the school in April. He received his high school diploma while playing at Fork Union Military Academy.

2006: Bryant was charged with disorderly conduct stemming from an incident in January at Purdue University. He was attending a party on campus with teammates. A male student was about to start a fight with another player as Bryant stepped in and broke the person's nose. He was arrested and jailed for 10 hours. He was sentenced to work on a road crew for five days and paid roughly $550 for hospital bills.

Track

Member of the Purdue track and field team in 2004-05 … Finished first in the 200 meters at the Gene Edmonds Cup with a clocking of 21.81 … Member of the 4x400 relay team (along with former football players Zach Logan and Ray Williams) that finished seventh at the Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships with a clocking of 3:15.81.

PREP SCHOOL

Signed with Boston College in February 2003 before heading to prep school … Played for head coach John Shuman, catching 30 passes with nine touchdowns.

High School

Attended Swedesboro (N.J.) Kingsway Regional High School, where he was ranked as ninth-best wide receiver and 75th-best player in the nation by Rivals.com … The All-State choice caught 28 passes for 460 yards (16.4-yard average), rushed for 1,977 yards on 218 carries (9.1 avg) and amassed 36 total touchdowns as a senior … Had 37 receptions for 650 yards (17.6 avg), 94 rushing attempts for 1,215 yards (12.9 avg) and finished with 28 total touch-downs his junior season … Also returned kickoffs and punts, in addition to lettering in basketball and track and field … Attended Bosco Prep before enrolling at Kingsway.

Personal

Organizational Leadership and Supervision major … Born Dorien Lamar Bryant on 3/19/85 … Resides in Swedesboro, New Jersey.

 
 
 

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