Ole Miss linebacker coach Tom Allen talks about the loss of Denzel Nkemdiche but also talks up Serderius Bryant here:
We heard from Bryant earlier in the week. He was part of Houston Nutt’s 2011 signing class, which Rivals ranked at No. 19. Texas was No. 3 that year.
Bryant, though, was SEC all-freshman that year, ranking third among the league’s first-year newcomers with 61 tackles.
Bryant had 15 tackles against SEMO, a great number, but the game comes with an asterisk because it’s an FCS opponent. Texas represents a bigger test, and the Rebels need consistency from Bryant in the absence of Nkemdiche.
Bryant appeared in 13 games last year as a reserve. His playing time was down, and so were his tackles as he finished with 28. He did have 3.5 tackles for loss.
Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack was high on Bryant — not for the first time — after practice Tuesday.
“All through fall camp and spring he really showed out. He’s played extremely well. We missed him the first game especially when Denzel wasn’t able to go. He showed a little bit last week, against – I don’t want to take anything away from them but a lesser opponent – but he’s been a real factor, and I think the truth will come out this week.”