Bryant: Defensive Player of the Week Times Three

Oct. 16, 2017

EASTON, Pa. – For the third straight week, senior linebacker Brandon Bryant has been named the Patriot League Football Defensive Player of the Week.

His sheer accumulation of numbers made it hard to deny him a third straight weekly honor, as the Cherry Hill, N.J. native racked up a career-high 19 tackles at Harvard on Oct. 14. That performance ranked him tied for fourth in the nation (first in the Patriot League) for tackles in a game in 2017. Overall, he leads the conference and is second in the nation in tackles per game (13.1).

Over the last five games, he has been a dominant presence on the field and on the defensive stat sheet, averaging 15.2 tackles per game during the span that included a pair of wins in the Leopards’ only two Patriot League contests. In those victories, Bryant managed 15 tackles apiece. Against Holy Cross, the defense held fifth-year senior QB Peter Pujals to 191 passing yards and no touchdowns, while limiting Fordham’s All-American tailback Chase Edmonds to 78 rushing yards.

The Defensive Player of the Week honor is Bryant’s third this season and fourth of his career, as he also earned the award on Sept. 12, 2016 after making a 18 tackles at Delaware. Bryant also was the Special Teams Player of the Week in his rookie season of 2014.

Lafayette next hosts Bucknell on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend.