Back in April of 2012, Darien Bryant decided to leave the Vanderbilt football team. After multiple conversations with then-head coach James Franklin, the tight end-turned-defensive end returned that summer.
A little more than two years later, however, Bryant is once again out the door.
A person familiar with the situation confirmed to CFT late Wednesday night that Bryant has been granted a release from his Vandy scholarship. A Vanderbilt official subsequently confirmed to CFT that Bryant is transferring.
As he received his degree last month, Bryant is looking to transfer to another, undetermined university to attend graduate school. Bryant will be eligible to play immediately in 2014 at the FBS level as a grad transfer. He will also have two years of eligibility remaining.
Ohio University of the MAC is an option for Bryant, who the source stated wants to move back to offense and play H-back/tight end or be utilized as a big wide receiver (he’s listed at 6-4, 230).
Bryant was a three-star member of the Commodores’ 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 30 tight end in the country. Following his first departure and return, he moved from that position to defensive end.
After redshirting his true freshman season, Bryant played in 12 games the past two seasons, all along the defensive line.