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December 3, 2012

Bryant hungry for more at Army Bowl

MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic defensive tackle Keith Bryant sat at home upset that his name wasn't on the list of announced U.S. Army All-Americans. He looked at his brother and asked why.

Bryant felt like he had put in the work and produced at a high level in the talent-rich area of South Florida against some of the best teams.

"It was hard for me," Bryant said. "I thought I should be a part of it, and I wasn't even being considered."

His disappointment changed a couple of weeks later when Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell called to tell him he had been selected.

"It was a wonderful feeling," Bryant said. "I felt like I deserved it. I worked hard for it. I'm honored to be an All-American. Honestly, I was blown away."

The four-star defender finished the year with 59 tackles, 37 for loss and seven sacks to lead a defense that produced four shutouts. He is the first U.S. Army All-American in Atlantic history.

It was his production that led to Bryant receiving more than 30 scholarship offers. Additionally, Bryant's success opened the doors for other players at his school to earn offers.

"Schools like Oregon, Cal and USC who never thought about coming to Atlantic came out to see me," Bryant said. "It helped my teammates get offers. I take pride in that."

He is looking forward to the trip to San Antonio, Texas, to compete against some of the top players in the country. It will be his first trip to Texas, and this is something he has been thinking about since he first made varsity.

"My brother always told me I would have this chance," Bryant said. "When I had doubts, he stayed on me. Even though I will be playing in this game, I'm still hungry. I want to show everyone that I can dominate. I'm going to be a dog out there, no leash."

The 6-foot-2, 306-pounder said one thing he plans to do at practice is take mental reps. Even when he is on the sideline, he will be watching offensive linemen to learn their tendencies and weaknesses.

The Miami pledge committed to the 'Canes early on in the process, but says Florida State and South Carolina are still in the mix.

Bryant understands the importance of making his college decision and earning the postseason accolades that can open doors for his future.

Just 16 months ago, he became a father to his daughter, Kaniyah. Being a parent is a job that he doesn't take lightly. For Bryant, being an All-American on the gridiron and All-American dad is the best of both worlds.



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