Veteran pass-rusher returns as key figure on experienced Irish defensive line for '99 . . . slated to work at defensive end in '99 as Irish go to four-man defensive front . . . looks very comfortable playing with his hand on the ground as pass-rush specialist . . . probably will start at right end and work with Grant Irons, though Irish coaches could play those two at same time and switch left end Anthony Weaver inside . . . rated 10th nationally among defensive ends in '99 preseason position rankings by The Sporting News, 12th by Lindy's . . . a starter at outside linebacker in '97 and was a regular in last half of '98 at that same spot . . . worked his way into rush end job vacated by graduation of veteran Bert Berry following '96 campaign and has been major component of Irish defense ever since . . . quickly became key factor for Irish at outside linebacker . . . has shown ability to be consistent playmaker as rush end . . . probably ranked as most improved player during '96 spring campaign, especially considering he never played as rookie in '95 . . . excellent athlete, with size and speed to be a dominant pass-rusher . . . physically mature player who has evolved comfortably into starting role . . . a fifth-year player who was granted extra season of eligibility for '99 since car accident prevented him from playing as rookie in '95.
AS A JUNIOR: '98 team leader in tackles for lost yardage with seven and in fumble recoveries with three . . . began season at defensive end, but was most effective as a starter over the last half of '98 as fill-in at his former outside linebacker position following Grant Irons' shoulder injury . . . started each of last six regular-season games at outside linebacker - and also started in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech . . . was limited in '98 early-season work since knee was not yet at full strength coming off December '97 knee surgery . . . played off the bench vs. Michigan (26 plays) and Michigan State (10 plays), working particularly in pass rush situations . . . played impressively in second half of Purdue game, making seven tackles, one for loss and breaking up a pass while taking part in 32 plays . . . recovered a fumble vs. Purdue (among his 30 plays) to go with four tackles, one for loss . . . added seven tackles plus a tackle for loss vs. Arizona State . . . made first start of '98 vs. Army at outside linebacker, filling in for the injured Irons . . . recorded a sack on first play from scrimmage vs. Army and finished with two other tackles for loss in start vs. Baylor with Irons still sidelined . . . started third straight game vs. Boston College and recorded a sack and six tackles, then started again vs. Navy . . . returned a fumble 13 yards for a score vs. LSU to give Irish 14-13 second-period lead and recovered second fumble on final play of first half . . . had three tackles and a shared sack at USC . . . made four tackles in start at outside linebacker in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech . . . projected as Notre Dame regular at defensive end in '98 but missed substantial amount of preseason work with inflamed knee . . . did not participate in '98 spring drills coming off December knee surgery.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Notre Dame regular at outside linebacker in '97 . . . started all 12 regular-season games as rush linebacker . . . one of five players on defense to start every regular-season game in '97 . . . did not play in '97 Independence Bowl vs. LSU, thanks to torn knee cartilage and ligaments in regular-season finale at Hawaii that prompted reconstructive knee surgery on Dec. 19, 1997 . . . led team in quarterback hurries with 11 . . . second on squad in sacks with three . . . made first career start in opener vs. Georgia Tech . . . contributed nine tackles, a sack and another tackle for loss vs. Yellow Jackets . . . had eight stops vs. Purdue to go with a sack for three-yard loss . . . had nine tackles and two stops for losses vs. Michigan State . . . recovered a fourth-period fumble vs. Michigan . . . made five tackles and a sack vs. Pittsburgh, then seven tackles vs. USC . . . added six vs. Boston College, seven vs. Navy, nine vs. West Virginia.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 10 games in '96 behind Bert Berry at outside linebacker, missing only Air Force contest . . . made 94 appearances with Irish special teams . . . made six tackles, one for loss, and shared a sack vs. Purdue . . . had three tackles each vs. Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers . . . did not see game action as rookie in '95 . . . suffered injuries as result of accident Aug. 3, 1995, near Ghent, W.Va., while traveling to campus for start of football drills . . . was thrown from a van and slid across pavement after vehicle overturned . . . suffered road rash and head lacerations . . . returned to practice at mid-season though he never played in a game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A Prep Sports Report prep All-America pick . . . selected as Prep Football Report All-Mid-Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year . . . named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . USA Today honorable mention All-American . . . earned four letters in football as linebacker at Choppee High School in Georgetown, S.C. . . . led team to South Carolina Class 1A state title in '94, making 21 tackles in championship game . . . made 160 tackles as senior in '94, with six sacks, six fumble recoveries and four fumbles caused . . . finished with 397 career tackles . . . first-team all-state pick and county defensive MVP . . . three-time all-county selection . . . played tight end as senior, catching 22 passes for 438 yards and three TDs . . . chosen for Shrine Bowl all-star game . . . earned three letters as forward in basketball and three in track . . . captain of football and basketball teams as senior . . . won South Carolina Class 1A state discus and shot put titles in '95 . . . full name is Lamont Demond Bryant . . . second oldest of three children . . . enrolled in College of Business Administration with major in finance.
G-GS Time Solo Asst. Tot. TL-Yds.
1996 10-0 33:35 11 8 19 1-7
1997 12-12 273:50 42 36 78 5-8
1998 11-6 181:36 30 19 49 7-18
TOTAL 33-18 489:01 83 63 146 13-33
FC FR PBU Sacks
1996 1 0 1 .5-7
1997 1 1 2 3-17
1998 0 3 2 4-28
TOTAL 2 4 5 7.5-52