Junior college transfer who left program because of “family issue“ is immediately eligible to play

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic wide receiver Adrian Bryant, a junior college transfer who signed with the Owls in December but left campus before spring camp opened in March, has rejoined the team.


Bryant, a 6-foot, 170-pound receiver from California, made his FAU practice debut Tuesday morning. He is a true sophomore and is immediately eligible to play.


FAU head coach Lane Kiffin said Bryant left the team earlier this year because of a family issue.


“Once you use an initial on a guy, they’re still your same initials,” Kiffin said. “It’s not like we had to use a (new) scholarship on him.”


Bryant had 19 catches and four touchdowns last year for the College of the Sequoias (Calif.). He is expected to have three years of eligibility, as well as a redshirt year, remaining.


Welcome to #FAU, Adrian Bryant. Shows some nice skills in his first day of practice with the Owls. @pbpsports pic.twitter.com/WWdh01SPfQ

— Jake Elman (@JakeElman97) August 13, 2019

Kiffin acknowledged it’s tough to know how much Bryant can contribute this season. He said Bryant wasn’t on campus long enough in January to begin learning the Owls’ playbook.


“He’s obviously a long ways behind because he’s basically, like, coming (in) brand new without having any spring or summer training,” Kiffin said. “It’ll be a process.”


Bryant’s return comes after an MRI revealed true freshman wide receiver Eyin Cole tore his ACL. Cole will miss the entire 2019 season.


Cole suffered the injury in a drill last week. He had been limited in recent days.


“He probably was, just looking at height, weight, speed, (he was) probably our best receiver signee since we’ve been here from that standpoint,” Kiffin said. “Very athletically gifted kid that’s big too, can really run and his testing numbers were off the charts.”


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