East Central University senior Armonty Bryant is not quite finished with his collegiate career, as he has earned a spot on the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge game. Bryant has also been invited to the 2013 NFL Combine.
The Texas vs. The Nation game is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas and will be aired on Fox Sports Southwest. Bryant has earned a spot on the Texas team since he is from Wichita Falls, Texas.
“I’m glad that I have the opportunity to not only represent East Central, but also to prove that I am able to play at the same level as players from all divisions of the NCAA,” said Armonty Bryant. “Both teams are always full of very talented players and it’s a great feeling to be part of this group of talent.””
Bryant is one of over 100 players that have been selected to participate in the all-star game that has been a pipeline for college players to earn a chance to play in the National Football League. Since the first game was played in 2007, over 500 players have signed NFL contracts.
“To be able to finish up his collegiate career by playing in one of the top three bowl games in the nation is a great reward for both Armonty Bryant and for East Central,” said head coach Tim McCarty.
The game draws national attention each season, with over 20,000 fans attending each of the six games that have been played since 2007.
The NFL Combine is set for Feb. 23-26 in Indianapolis, Ind. Only the top players from around the country are invited to the four-day job interview with executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams. The combine is designed to all NFL teams to evaluate potential draftees for the 2013 NFL Draft, April 25-27.
Bryant ended his career with 27.5 sacks, good enough to claim the ECU Career Sacks title. He recorded a total of 10.5 sacks, for 79 yards, his senior season, while adding 54 (27-27) tackles, 17.5 tackles-for-loss (115 yards), seven quarterbacks hurries, three pass break-ups, four forced fumbles, two blocked kicks, and two fumble recoveries (53 yards). Bryant scored one touchdown on a forced fumble and recovery that ended up being the game-winning TD against Southeastern Oklahoma State (Nov. 10).
The Wichita Falls, Texas, native earned 2012 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America honors, was named The Oklahoman State College All-Star Football Team Defensive Player of the Year and claimed All-Great American Conference First Team honors.