2006 Scouting Report: Returning starter at strong safety...made excellent strides as a junior last season and earned Pitt's Most Improved Defensive Player honor...one of the Panthers' most experienced players...has played in 35 games, the second most on the team...figures to provide a major leadership role for Pitt's defense this year from both an experience and performance standpoint.
2005: Moved into a starting role at strong safety for the final eight games of the year following Mike Phillips' season-ending injury at Nebraska Sept. 17...Bryant played in all 11 games overall and had 40 tackles...ranked second on the team (tied) with three interceptions...had a career-high six stops at Rutgers...had five tackles and his first career interception in the Cincinnati game...had his other interceptions against Connecticut (returned 37 yards) and Syracuse...named Pitt's Most Improved Defensive Player.
2004: Served as the chief reserve at strong safety for the second consecutive year...saw action at safety and on special teams in 11 games... missed the Connecticut game due to a left quad injury... had 20 tackles on the season...finished with a season-high four tackles at Temple.
2003: Played in all 13 games in his first active season...made two starts at strong safety, including the Oct. 25 Syracuse game and the Dec. 27 Continental Tire Bowl versus Virginia... had 20 tackles on the year...in the 2003 season opener versus Kent State, blocked a punt to set up the Panthers' first touchdown...earned the coaching staff's Special Teams Player of the Game honor for the Kent State contest...had a season-high four tackles versus both Ball State and Temple.
2002: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: The Associated Press Big School All-State Team (third team)...played both safety positions as well as linebacker during his Reading High career...logged 66 tackles, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries (returning one for a touchdown) as a senior...also played running back and rushed for 821 yards and 15 touchdowns on 81 carries (10.1 avg.)...had eight receptions for 155 yards (19.4 avg.) and three touchdowns...finished with 19 total touchdowns as a senior...named first team All-Lancaster-Lebanon Section 1 at both running back and defensive back... Lancaster-Lebanon Section 1 Defensive Back of the Year...first team All-Berks County at both running back and defensive back...Berks County Offensive and Defensive Back of the Year...three-year starter...PrepStar All-Eastern Region...27th-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep...national top 100 safety prospect by Rivals.com and Student Sports...selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic...earned three letters under Coach Al Wolski...also lettered twice in basketball.
Personal: Sam Lee Bryant, born 1/12/84, is the son of Juanita Robins...has four brothers and four sisters... brother James is a junior linebacker at Miami (Fla.)... administration of justice major.
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