A tragic story has taken an unfortunate turn for the worst. Greg Bryant has died after being found shot in his car early Saturday morning. The family of Bryant confirmed of the passing Sunday, and medical reports later confirmed he was brain dead as of Sunday afternoon. Authorities have now ruled this case a homicide.
News of Bryant’s passing was first reported by Lynda Figueredo of CBS 21, via Twitter, citing a confirmation from Bryant’s family.
Bryant and a passenger were found shot in his car in Palm Beach, Florida and was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment. He was placed in critical condition and said to be fighting for his life.
Bryant was a five-star running back out of high school and a part of Notre Dame’s Class of 2013. He then moved to ASA College in Miami to play at the junior college level in 2015. He transferred to UAB to be a part of the revamped football program.
No suspect has been identified in the shooting.
Former Notre Dame and current UAB running back Greg Bryant was found shot in his car early Saturday morning by Palm Beach, Fla., police on the southbound lanes of Interstate 95. The discovery occurred around 4:45 this morning, the Palm Beach Post reported, and a suspect has yet to be identified.
Bryant, along with another victim found shot in his car, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.
Bryant was a five-star running back out of American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, Fla., when he joined Notre Dame’s 2013 signing class. He carried 57 times for 303 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons before departing for ASA College in Miami, a junior college, where he played one game in 2015. Bryant had been living out of a north Miami hotel room while back in South Florida.
Bryant then returned to the FBS ranks to join UAB’s re-started program.
“I’ve had a ton of people ask me why UAB,” Greg Bryant told Bleacher Report. “They really don’t know my background and what they’re doing for me. Once I went on a visit and met them in person, I knew I was safe. I knew I was in a safe environment. They’re basically giving me a second chance.”
Tony Alford, Bryant’s position coach at Notre Dame, offered a word of support for his former pupil on Twitter.
Late last month, the hibernating UAB football program received a commitment from former LSU defensive lineman Maquedius Bain. Less than a week later, Bill Clark‘s crew has gotten a commitment from yet another former Power Five player.
On his Instagram account Wednesday afternoon, Greg Bryant surprised and/or stunned some recruiting observers by announcing that he will continue his collegiate playing career with the Blazers. Bryant, who spent the 2015 season at a Miami junior college, appears to be one of those surprised and/or stunned at his landing in Birmingham.
“Never in my life would I be thinking I would go here,” the former Notre Dame running back wrote on the social media site. “But, the next move has to be the best move. I’m officially committed to the University of Alabama Birmingham! Strictly a [business] decision. Minor set back for a major comeback. Round 2 #BLAZERS.”
In early August of this year, and after he was suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season, it was confirmed that Bryant had been declared academically ineligible and wouldn’t play at all in 2015 for the Irish. In late August, and after he had moved on to ASA Miami, Bryant announced that he had reopened his recruitment.
It’ll be a couple of years, though, before Bryant or Bain or any other current or future Blazer sees the field. The football program was disbanded last December before being reinstated this past June, and isn’t scheduled to resume play until 2017. It’s thought that Bryant will have just one season of eligibility remaining when the program returns to the field, although all parties involved, including the NCAA, are still attempting to sort through the eligibility situations given the unique circumstances involved.
Last season as a redshirt freshman, Bryant’s 289 yards rushing were good for second on the team. Bryant was a five-star member of the Irish’s 2013 recruiting class and was rated as the No. 3 back in the country.
Notre Dame’s opening night was just about perfect. The 11th-ranked Irish dominated Texas, 38-3, winning every phase of the game. There was, however, one unfortunate postscript to an otherwise spotless evening.
Head coach Brian Kelly revealed Sunday afternoon running back Tarean Folston tore his MCL on Saturday night and will miss the rest of the season. The junior from Cocoa, Fla., left the game in the first quarter after rushing for 19 yards on three carries; he was seen on crutches later in the evening. Folston underwent an MRI Sunday morning and is now slated for surgery within the next week and a half.
As if losing a running back that combined for 1,378 yards on 5.2 yards a pop over the past two seasons isn’t bad enough, it’s doubly hurtful for the Irish considering running back Greg Bryant left the program after failing to qualify academically.
“That’s football,” Kelly told our own J.J. Stankevitz at CSN Chicago. “We’re certainly disappointed for Tarean, he’s worked so hard to get where he is. But … that’s why you try to develop depth in your program.”
C.J. Prosise posted a nice showing in Folston’s stead Saturday night, rushing 20 times for a career-high 98 yards. Freshmen Josh Adams and Dexter Williams combined to rush for 73 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
Additionally, Kelly noted safety Avery Sebastian suffered a broken foot Saturday night and will miss the next four-to-six weeks.