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August 3, 2012

Man of Troy

Troy cornerback T.J. Bryant made some big moves over the summer. Leaving USC and the Pac-12 for Troy and the Sun Belt may seem like a downgrade, but not to Bryant.

"I did some research and saw how many guys they put in the NFL," Bryant said. "Troy seemed like a perfect fit for me."

Whether or not Troy is a 'perfect' fit is yet to be seen but one thing is certain, Bryant gives the Trojans of Alabama much needed depth in the secondary.

"He comes from a great program at USC," Troy cornerbacks coach Julius Brown said. "He has experience playing at a high level but is very humble."

Bryant was redshired last season despite being a rising senior. The Tallahassee, Fla., native graduated from USC before enrolling at Troy.

Bryant's playing time gradually decreased in his time with Southern California. He played in seven games as a true freshman, all 13 in 2009 but saw action in just four games in 2010.

The four-star recruit out of Lincoln high school said he had several friends and former teammates, including former Trojan linebacker Xavier Lamb, attend Troy and that played a role in his decision to transfer.

In Troy's first two days of practice, Bryant saw action with the second team at left corner. That matched him up with last year's leading receiver Eric Thomas.

"I felt good out there," Bryant said. "I got my feet wet. I just want to get better each day. That's what it's all about."


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