Bryant was the lone FAU representatives on the preseason All-Conference team announced on Monday, a couple days ahead of the start of Conference USA football media days in Dallas.
“I want to thank the coaches that selected me for this award as well as my teammates, coaches and support staff that has helped me grow on and off the field the past for years,” Bryant said in an FAU press release.
As a junior Bryant’s 45 catches, 662 yards and four receiving touchdowns all ranked second among Owls, behind only wide receiver Jovon Durante. Bryant’s caught 83 passes for 1,133 yard and nine touchdowns during his first three seasons at FAU.
An All-Conference USA selection following the 2018 season, Bryant projects to be an ever bigger part of FAU’s offense this season. With the Owls lacking wide receiver depth during the spring Lane Kiffin frequently employed two-tight end sets, often splitting Bryant wide to create mismatches with smaller defensive backs or slower linebackers.
At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Bryant also received praise in the spring for his blocking both at the line scrimmage and in space. Kiffin referred to Bryant as a future NFL draft choice.
“Probably a high NFL guy,” Kiffin said.
FAU’s defensive leader, linebacker Rashad Smith did not make the list. Smith enjoyed a breakout junior season in 2018, leading the Owls in tackles with 86 and interceptions with four.
This year FAU’s defense is expected to revolve around Smith.
FAU opens the season on Aug. 31 at Ohio St.