Florida Atlantic University tight end and John Milledge Academy alum Harrison Bryant has already put together quite the career down in Boca Raton.
The Gray, Ga. native was named the university’s male Student-Athlete of the Year last spring to finish up a big year that also saw him earn a First Team All-Conference USA nod and a Second Team Pro Football Focus All-American distinction. The 2019 season is shaping up to be a big one for Bryant as he was recently named to the Conference USA Preseason Team and John Mackey Award watch list, a preseason recognition given to college tight ends expected to be at the forefront among players in that position group across the country.
This marks Bryant’s second time being named to the nationwide watch list, and with good reason. As a junior, the JMA Class of ’16 alum caught 45 passes for 662 yards and scored four touchdowns. Those receiving yards and touchdown figures were enough to land Bryant second among his teammates. Entering camp before his senior season, Bryant is expected to keep his role as the Owls’ starting tight end for the third straight year after having started all 12 games a year ago.
The John Mackey Award is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate tight end. The winner is chosen by a selection committee and will be announced Dec. 11, before being presented live the next night at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
Bryant is one of about 60 college tight ends named to the Mackey watch list, one that includes Georgia senior Charlie Woerner and Georgia Tech senior Tyler Davis.
The 2018 Mackey Award winner was Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson, a then-redshirt sophomore who went on to be drafted eighth overall by the NFL’s Detroit Lions. In his final collegiate season, Hockenson snagged 46 receptions for 717 yards and six touchdowns, numbers certainly in the realm of possibility for Bryant as he prepares to take the field as a senior.