Honors & Awards
» 2016 Nebraska Newcomer of the Year
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
Junior running back Tre Bryant is hopeful for a healthy return to action in the 2018 season. The 5-11, 200-pound Bryant burst out of the gates in 2017 with two strong performances. However, a nagging injury forced Bryant to the sidelines for the remainder of his sophomore season.
A native of St. Louis, Bryant sat out spring practice while continuing his recovery, but is expected to be near full strength for fall practice. His return would add to a talented backfield that includes seniors Devine Ozigbo and Mikale WIlbon, sophomore Jaylin Bradley and newcomer Greg Bell. Bryant first made an impact in 2016, seeing action as a true freshman at I-back, when he also handled kickoff return chores.
Bryant got off to a promising start to his sophomore campaign before his season was cut short after only two games due to a knee injury. Bryant rushed for 299 yards on 51 carries in his two appearances, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and 149.5 yards per game and scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns. He ranked ninth nationally in rushing after two games.
Bryant opened the year with 31 carries for 192 yards against Arkansas State, setting career highs in both categories while scoring the second touchdown of his career with a one-yard run. The next week at Oregon, Bryant had 20 carries for 107 yards, including a five-yard touchdown, before leaving with an injury.
Bryant was one of five NU true freshman to play in 2016, and he played in all 12 regular-season games, before missing the bowl game with a leg injury. Bryant had 43 carries for 172 yards and a touchdown, while adding eight catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. As a kickoff returner, Bryant has 23 returns for 508 yards and his average of 22.1 yards per return ranked fourth in the Big Ten. His 508 kickoff return yards were the 10th-most in Nebraska history.
Bryant had 36 rushing yards and his first career touchdown in the opener against Fresno State. He added 34 rushing yards on seven carries against Wyoming. His work increased in the final three games of the regular season. Against Minnesota, Bryant had a 35-yard touchdown reception on a fourth down play in the second quarter to give Nebraska a 10-7 lead. A week later he had season highs with 13 carries for 56 yards in a 28-7 victory over Maryland. Bryant led the Huskers in both carries (11) and rushing yards (41) at Iowa. He also tied for the lead in receptions against the Hawkeyes, grabbing a career-high four receptions.
In the return game, Bryant had at least 50 return yards three times on the season. He had a season-long 59-yard return to open the second half against Purdue, Nebraska's longest kickoff return in two seasons. He had 62 return yards at Indiana and a season-high 124 return yards at Ohio State.
Before Nebraska (Christian Brothers College HS)
Bryant was a standout at Christian Brothers College High in Missouri since his freshman year, helping his team rank among the state’s best. As a senior, Bryant rushed for 1,331 yards and 30 touchdowns, while averaging 10.4 yards per carry. He also had 287 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns, and scored on a 98-yard kickoff return. Bryant’s play helped Coach Scott Pingel’s team to a 13-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Missouri Class 6 playoffs. Bryant rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns against Blue Springs South in the state title game.
Bryant was an AP first-team all-state selection in Missouri and was also named to the USA Today Missouri all-state team. He was the Class 6 Offensive Player of the Year and was the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year in the metro area.
During his junior season, Bryant helped the Cadets to a perfect 15-0 record and the Class 6 state title. Bryant rushed for 1,072 yards, while averaging 9.9 yards per carry and scoring 21 rushing touchdowns. He was a second-team all-metro selection by the Post-Dispatch as a utility player during his junior season. Bryant also saw significant action for Christian Brothers as both a sophomore and freshman.
Bryant was the No. 2 player in Missouri, was the nation’s No. 256 overall prospect and No. 7 running back by 247 Sports. He was also ranked among the top 10 players in the state by ESPN and was listed as the top running back in Missouri by Scout.com. Bryant also competed in track and field at Christian Brothers.
Bryant also visited Kansas State and Minnesota, and had numerous other offers including Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Northwestern, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.
Tre was born on Oct. 6, 1997, and is the son of Laondria Crawford and Tracey Bryant. He is majoring in ethnic studies. He earned a spot on the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams in 2017. He volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.