Barry Odom likens Kelly Bryant to Chase Daniel
One of the SEC’s most interesting storylines revolves around Missouri QB Kelly Bryant.
The Clemson transfer joined the Tigers prior to spring practice, and he spent this spring learning Derek Dooley’s system. Bryant will take over for the departed Drew Lock, as Lock heads to the NFL.
Bryant has shown he’s more than capable to make all the throws, and he brings a different dimension in the running game that Lock didn’t have.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes recently visited with Bryant and Barry Odom, and Missouri’s head coach likened Bryant to former star Chase Daniel.
“Chase Daniel had the most impressive football IQ of any player I’ve ever been around,” Odom told Hayes. “That guy knows the ins and outs of every play call, everybody’s job on that play, the look from the other side, what we’re seeing from the [defensive] front, how the safeties were rotating. It was amazing. You’d sit there in a room and listen to him talk to the receivers or offensive line coaches, and it was like he was a mad scientist or something.
“There’s a lot of that in Kelly Bryant,” he continues. “He has the calmness, he knows he’s in charge, and everyone else knows it, too. You either have it or you don’t.”
Bryant brings a veteran mind and calmness to Missouri’s huddle, and that will certainly pay dividends for Odom, Dooley and Missouri’s offense.
Odom also thinks Bryant’s downfield passing game is one of the best kept secrets.
“Didn’t take long to realize he throws a beautiful deep ball,” Odom says. “He has been sold short on his ability to throw the ball down the field. That’s going to be a weapon for us.”
While Missouri is banned from a bowl game this year, Bryant will certainly add more than enough intrigue factor to the season … if one thought any was lacking.