Bryant during a Cowboys game in 2017
|Date of birth:||November 4 1988|
|Place of birth:||Gavelston County, Texas|
|Height: 6 ft 2 in||Weight: 220 lbs|
|National Football Debut|
|Debut: 2010 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|High school:||Lufkin (Texas)|
|College:||Oklahoma State (2007-2009)|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24nd|
|Career highlights and awards|
Early years[edit | edit source]
As a senior he was a member of the Texas Football Super Team first-team and was an All-state selection after recording 1 receptions for 1,207 yards with 21 touchdowns.
College career[edit | edit source]
As a freshman in 2007 he finished second on the team with 978 receptions for 622 yards and six touchdowns. In a game against Kansas he set an OSU record for receiving yards in a game by a freshman with 155. Bryant had a great performance in the 2007 Insight Bowl, recording nine receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-33 win against the Indiana Hoosiers.
Bryant finished the 2008 season for Oklahoma State with 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns, including 2 punt returns for touchdowns. As a result, he was named 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy Recipient by the College Football Performance Awards. Bryant was ruled ineligible for the rest of the 2009 season on October 7 for violating an NCAA bylaw. He failed to fully disclose his interaction with Deion Sanders, a former NFL player, to the NCAA. He was considered the best receiver in 2009 and a possible Heisman contender before the suspension.
College awards and honors[edit | edit source]
- 2009 National Punt Returner of the Week, College Football Performance Awards
- 2009 Pre-season favorite, Wide Receiver Trophy, College Football Performance Awards
- 2008 Wide Receiver Trophy Recipient, College Football Performance Awards
- 2007 Second-team freshman All-America
- 2008 First team All-America by AFCA-Coaches, Associated Press, Walter Camp, Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly, Sports Illustrated
Professional career[edit | edit source]
2010 NFL Draft[edit | edit source]
On November 5, 2009, Bryant announced his intentions to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. He was widely believed to be one of the best wide receivers available in the draft, and was projected as high as the No. 1 pick overall in some mock drafts. Bryant was believed to be targeted by the Denver Broncos (11th pick overall), who traded their Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins prior to the draft. If slipping by the Broncos, Bryant was projected to fall no lower than No. 27 to the Dallas Cowboys. Eventually the Cowboys traded their 27th overall pick to the New England Patriots for their 24th overall pick to select Bryant. He is the highest picked OSU wide receiver since Hart Lee Dykes was selected 16th overall by the Patriots in the 1989 NFL Draft.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 2 in||224 lb||34 in||9 3⁄4 in||4.52 s||1.52 s||2.58 s||4.48 s||7.21 s||38 in||11 ft 1 in||16|
|All values from OSU Pro Day|
2011[edit | edit source]
Bryant missed the second game of the 2011 season against the San Francisco 49ers due to injury as the Cowboys won their game in overtime.
Bryant started his second game of the season against the division rivals and previously undefeated Washington Redskins on a Monday Night Football game. Playing injured, Bryant managed 4 receptions for 63 yards in that game helping his team to a win.
In the fourth game of the season against the, at the time, undefeated Detroit Lions, Bryant had 3 receptions for 37 yards, 1 rush for 5 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns in his team's loss. His 2 touchdown game marked just the second time in his career with multiple touchdowns in one game.
Against the New England Patriots Bryant had 4 receptions for 78 yards in a heartbreaking loss on the road.
In Week 7 of the 2011 regular season, the Dallas Cowboys went up against the St. Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium. In the contest, Bryant had the most productive game of his season thus far, hauling in 5 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown, helping his team to a win. His 5 receptions that game ranked 4th most receptions in a game for his career and his 90 yards were his second most yards in a game of his career. His yardage output of the game also ranked as the most yards in a single game for his 2011 season. Bryant was not officially given the start for the game. Bryant's best game of the season was overshadowed by rookie teammate Demarco Murray's record-breaking day.
The 7th game of the season pinned the 3-3 Dallas Cowboys against the 2-4 Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Field. Bryant had just 3 receptions for 28 yards in a 34-7 loss. The 28 yards gained by Bryant was his lowest total yards in a game for the 2011 season through seven games.
The following week, against the Seattle Seahawks, Bryant recorded 4 receptions for 76 yards on 9 targets. Bryant also fumbled and lost the fumble, both for the first time in his career as he was tackled near the opponent's 1 yard line. The Cowboys got the win against the Seahawks 23-13. At the midway point of the season, Bryant had 26 receptions for 443 yards and 4 touchdowns on 6 starts. Similarly, in 2010 at the midway point of the season, Bryant had 38 receptions for 435 and 3 touchdowns on 2 starts.
Bryant finished the season with 63 receptions for 928 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
NFL[edit | edit source]
|Total Career Statistics||200||2,871||14.4||85||27||4||0||0.0||6||0||6||3|
Dallas Cowboys #88 legacy[edit | edit source]
Bryant signed with the Cowboys on July 22, 2010. On July 23, 2010, it was announced that Bryant would wear number 88, the same as Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, and Cowboys legend Drew Pearson. On October 17, 2010, Bryant caught his first NFL touchdown catch, on a 31-yard pass from Tony Romo The Cowboys ended up losing that game 24-21.
References[edit | edit source]
- Dez Bryant NFL.com Profile. Dez Bryant NFL.com Profile. NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved on 11-03-11.
- NFL.com. NFL Game Summary - Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys. NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved on 11-07-11.