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Duke's Bryant Declared Ineligible For 2002 Grid Season

Posted June 12, 2002 5:51 a.m. EDT

— Duke senior quarterback D. Bryant has been ruled academically ineligible and will not play his final season of eligibility with the Blue Devil football team.

"We are disappointed that D. will not have the opportunity to finish his playing career here at Duke," head coach Carl Franks said. "He has played an important role in our football program these last two seasons. We will do everything possible to assist him in completing his football eligibility at another institution, possibly at an NAIA school. We wish him the best in his future endeavors and hope he can still complete his degree requirements to graduate from Duke."

"This is an unfortunate situation under difficult circumstances," Bryant said. "I have enjoyed my time here at Duke and have made great relationships with many people. I will certainly miss my teammates and wish them the best of luck. I hope to play college football at another school this fall and return to Duke in the future to earn my degree."

In 22 career games with the Blue Devils, Bryant completed 316-of-642 passes for 3,902 yards with 16 touchdowns. On Duke's career charts, he ranks sixth in pass attempts, seventh in pass completions, seventh in passing yards, eighth in total offense (3,821 yards) and ninth in touchdown passes.

Bryant, who started 18 career contests at quarterback, holds the school record for consecutive pass completions with 16 set on November 11, 2000 at N.C. State.

As a junior in 2001, Bryant hit on 187-of-384 pass attempts for 2,454 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2000, he was 129-of-258 throwing the football for 1,448 yards and five scores.

The loss of Bryant leaves four quarterbacks on Duke's 2002 roster in sophomores Chris Dapolito, Adam Smith and Chris Wispelwey and incoming freshman Mike Schneider.