Southeast's Anthony Bryant wants team to stay positive

Southeast went 2-8 last season, but Anthony Bryant is staying positive as the Spartans prepare for what he calls ‘a rebuilding year.'
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 30, 2013

Southeast tight end/defensive end Anthony Bryant is used to spending a lot of time playing a game.

The basketball player who plays “anything inside” is also a two-way, three-year starter for Southeast in football. The problem with being a two-way player on a team with only about 25 players? It's tiring, but that's OK with him. Bryant trains for that in the offseason to get his team, which went 2-8 last season, ready for victory.

Q: Why did you go out for the football team at Southeast?

A: Well, Southeast has a lot of past success so I've seen that and also (NFL defensive tackle) Gerald McCoy played a big part and I saw that he came from Southeast and he made it, so I said to myself, ‘If he can do it, anybody can.' Plus I've always liked the game of football. You're playing really good competition.

What's it like to try to keep your team going when you're struggling to win games?

Just try to stay positive. Don't think about the negative thing. Keep hoping and believing that we can do something even if the past year wasn't that great. Just trying to help out and tell everybody they can be as good as they want to be. Just keep hope and believe and stay optimistic.

What is new coach Chris Vandersypen like?

He's a real hands-on guy. He's bringing a new feeling toward the team now. People are starting to come out and want to play for him. He knows the game very well. He knows my position very well and a lot of others, so he can help us out. He's a very positive coach, so if he's positive, we'll stay positive.

How hard is to be a two-way player on a team without a lot of depth?

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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