By Kedrick Storey
OXFORD – It was a scary scene as Ole Miss stinger linebacker Serderius Bryant, the Rebels’ leading tackler, lay motionless at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in the final minutes of a loss to Texas A&M. The junior, who earlier this month was added to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List which recognizes the nation’s best defensive player, missed the Rebels’ signature win over LSU due to a concussion.
Bryant returned in Saturday’s 59-14 win over Idaho. He was happy to be back in the lineup, but not pleased with the number of points allowed.
“I wouldn’t say the defense performed great since we gave up 14 points,” said Bryant. “The goal was to hold them to zero. But in the end we did what we had to do to stop them from scoring any more.”
Bryant, averaged 13.5 tackles in four games leading up to facing the Aggies. He had 12 stops, 11 solo before being carted off. He wasn’t near his SEC leading 11-tackles per game average against the Vandals, but he was back in a lineup that’s facing various injures as they welcome a much-needed bye week. Cornerback Senquez Golson was also back after serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules. He had two tackles in the first half.
“It was good to have them both back,” said Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack. “We missed them both last week and it hurts depth and everything else. We had to scramble around and find a stinger linebacker. Denzel (Nkemdiche) probably could have played tonight if he could, but we wanted to hold him back. So it was great to have him (Bryant). He makes a lot of plays, makes a lot of tackles.
Wommack hopes that’s the last suspension for Golson.
“Senquez has been steady for us all year I fell confident with him out there,” added Wommack. “I hope he learned a lesson. I think he did and practiced very well this week.”