In what's become a yearly tradition, Irish fans got some bad news right before fall camp when it was announced that junior RB Greg Bryant would be missing the entire 2015 season. Bryant was already going to miss the first four games of the season after a violation of team rules, but the former five-star recruit was expected to make a big impact upon his return. While Bryant's absence will undoubtedly be felt, the back ran for a pedestrian 289 yards on 53 carries (5.45 YPC) last season, leaving the Irish in okay shape at the RB position. With Bryant sidelined for the entirety of the season, the lack of depth leaves little room for injuries. Tarean Folston will be expected to carry an even bigger load, and new addition to the backfield CJ Prosise will also have to hit the ground running in his new role. Lastly, while he had the talent to earn carries as soon as he stepped on campus, freshman Dexter Williams will most like likely be an immediate part of the RB rotation. The Irish will also need to find a new punt returner as Bryant handled the return duties last season.
Father said Bryant needed a B+ in a summer school course to stay eligible. Received a B- "It was that close," Bryant Sr. said.— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) August 4, 2015
Running back’s father tells Irish Illustrated that Bryant will return to campus on Aug. 22 as a student. Future unclear beyond that point.— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) August 4, 2015
In addition to the news about Bryant, Coach Brian Kelly also announced that LB Michael Deeb and TE Mike Heuerman would both be taking medical scholarships. The two will still remain at the school under scholarship to complete their degrees, but their scholarships will not count against the limit of 85. The roster changes leaves ND under the roster limit once again, and leaves an open slot for Ishaq Williams if he is permitted to return to the team.