Kelly Bryant left Clemson after four games last season to preserve a year of eligibility after losing his starting job to freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence.

As he went through the rest of the year, taking recruiting visits and finishing his degree, he watched as his former teammates continued to pile up wins, eventually blowing out Alabama 44-16 in the title game.

Now at Mizzou, Bryant said during SEC Media Days on Monday that he wasn’t surprised to see such a lopsided score (via

“No, I wasn’t surprised at all because I knew those guys had a great game plan going into the game,” Bryant said Monday at SEC Media Days in Hoover. “Just talking to them, they felt good about it. It didn’t surprise me any that the game ended the way it did.”

Bryant will now try to lead Mizzou to a great season, but he will likely continue to keep an eye on his friends at Clemson.

And, since eight Clemson players came to watch Bryant at Mizzou’s spring game, it’s safe to say they’ll be rooting for him, too.