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Guaranty Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week: Ryder Bryant

Athlete of the WeekGreg Higgins

The North Lamar offense has gotten a lot of press this year for scoring a lot of points. They have reached 40 points in every game except for one this year. A lot of the attention has been given to the quarterback, running backs and wide receivers. However, those points wouldn’t be scored if it wasn’t for the five guys up front leading the way.

This is where Ryder Bryant steps into the picture. Ryder, a junior at North Lamar, is the starting Left Tackle for the Panthers. When asked how he feel about playing on the offensive line, Bryant simply says, “I love it.”

Part of that is probably because that’s where he’s most comfortable. Ryder has been playing football since he was in the third grade and he’s always played the offensive line. The other part could be due to his size. At 6’5” tall and 255 pounds, Ryder can be pretty intimidating on the line for opposing defenses. This size could also be one of the things that helps him create holes for the running back and quarterback.

His favorite subject in school is Physics and he’s attended North Lamar his whole life. When he’s not in the weight room or on the football field, you may find him in a deer stand somewhere. Perhaps you could find him fishing somewhere, but right now you’ll find him doing something with football.

“Everyone gives good effort,” Ryder said about the current Panthers’ team. “We all play together.”

That’s been noticeable from the sidelines as well. People like Ryder have been influential in helping lead the team even when they’re facing tough situations. Ryder also loves playing for head coach Tim Billings.

“He’s made a big difference in the team and we’re winning. This year and last,” Bryant said about the coach.

Ryder is also a part of the North Lamar track and field team. With his size, you could guess that he throws the discus and does shot put as well. After high school, he is hoping to attend college somewhere on a football scholarship. If that doesn’t happen, he is preparing to study to be a Game Warden at SFA where his sister, Morgan, currently attends.

Congratulations Ryder Bryant for being this week’s Guaranty Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week.