News of Missouri’s one-year bowl ban sent shockwaves through the college football world on Thursday and sent many to immediately speculate on the status of recently acquired transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant.
Now that Mizzou is banned from postseason play, and the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions is asking the NCAA to permit all seniors on the team to be allowed to transfer without having to sit out a season, many believed it would make sense for Bryant to reevaluate his options.
Well, according to Matt Connolly of The State, expect Bryant to stick true to his commitment and play his final season with Missouri. Connolly cites a “source close to Bryant” in regards to the Mizzou QB’s decision.
If this is indeed what Bryant decides to do, it makes sense on many levels. While Kelly has been relatively quiet regarding his decision to finish his collegiate career in Columbia, the work offensive coordinator Derek Dooley did in preparing Drew Lock for the NFL likely played a role in his decision. Bryant will still have the same opportunity, regardless of the potential of postseason play or not. Also, Missouri is scheduled to return several key offensive starters, aside from the quarterback position.
The situation is ideal for an incoming senior to come in and play immediately in the offense and regardless of whether his team is eligible for a bowl game or not, Kelly appears poised to improve his NFL stock by finishing out his college career in Columbia.