University of Washington Huskies senior defensive back Myles Bryant is a former CIF Southern Section standout who is seeing success during his college career. Although the Huskies are having a slow start to their season, Bryant has racked up nine solo tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss in two games. His defensive efforts aided Washington to a 10-4 record, a Pac 12 title and a trip to the 2019 Rose Bowl game.
During the Pac-12 Championship against the Utah Utes, Bryant made 0.5 sacks for one yard along with three tackles. In the Huskies Rose Bowl Game against the Ohio State Buckeyes, Bryant earned six tackles and one pass breakup.
Bryant noted how the obligations of being a student athlete has its difficult moments, using your time wisely is a way to avoid those challenges.
“You have a bunch of time, just opportunities to do homework, opportunities to work out and then there’s opportunities to slack off,” he said. “So, you have the time, you got to manage it.”
Through the Huskies Athletics program, Bryant was able to travel abroad to Cambodia this past summer. He was the only football player who went on the trip, going along with track athletes, members of the basketball team, baseball team among others.
“We built a basketball court out there,” Bryant said. “That’s been one of the biggest life changing experiences I’ve had in my whole life.”
During his time at Washington, he took a Russian Film class. That became his favorite class.
“It was also one of my most difficult classes,” Bryant said. “We studied Russian cinema all the way back from late 1800s to the 1990s, I don’t know a lick of Russian.”
His defensive back coach Jimmy Lake told him that practice execution becomes game day reality, that piece of advice stuck with Bryant.
“How you practice is how you play in the game,” he said. “All things will turn out in the end when it’s time to perform.”
Bryant is a native of Pasadena and a product of two John Muir Alums. He was a multi-sport athlete in his youth, playing for the Pasadena Trojans Pop Warner team and in Little League. As a young baseball player, his teammate was USC junior wide receiver Tyler Vaughns. Bryant went on to play football at Loyola High School alongside USC senior defensive lineman Christian Rector.
In high school, Bryant was also on the track and field team. He competed in the 100m, 200m, and the long jump. Bryant misses being a multi-sport athlete.
“If it was up to me, I’d play baseball, I’ll try to run the point guard for basketball,” he said. “If it was up to me, I would play all those sports.”
In 2015, he helped Loyola have a strong 9-3 overall record. He made 68 tackles as well as 28 catches for 406 yards in his senior season. Playing for Loyola helped him be a leader in Washington.
“Just having that leadership experience and understanding that you got to bring young guys along and you got to help them,” Bryant said. “That’s the foundation of the team from the bottom to the top.”
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