Junior who missed much of the spring after suffering a liver injury early in camp... expected to be more of a contributor in his third season in the Garnet & Black... enters the fall listed with the first team at the SAM linebacker position... has played in 24 games over the past two seasons, collecting 10 tackles.
2014: Sophomore who saw action in 12 games at Spur in the Gamecocks’ 4-2-5 defense and on special teams... credited with three tackles... recorded a quarterback hurry versus Missouri... recorded his first sack and his first forced fumble of his career at Kentucky... did not play against Tennessee.
2013: True freshman... played in all 12 regular season games, mostly on special teams, making seven tackles... did not see action in the bowl win vs. Wisconsin... collected three of his seven stops including his only tackle for loss in the win over Coastal Carolina... had two tackles vs. Mississippi State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played both running back and linebacker for the Vance Cougars in Charlotte, N.C., graduating in 2013... coached by Keith Wilkes... named to the 2012 Associated Press all-state team... helped his squad to a 9-4 record as a senior... logged 1,694 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns on offense and notched 84 tackles with nine sacks on defense... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game and in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season... rushed for 1,423 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior while recording 154 tackles with 23 tackles for loss... returned three of his four interceptions for touchdowns... notched 56 tackles as a sophomore as his team reached the state finals... a four-star prospect, the fourth-best player in the state, the fourth-best inside linebacker in the country and the 112th-best prospect in the nation according to Rivals... a four-star prospect and the nation’s seventh-best outside linebacker by Scout... a four-star prospect, the top player in North Carolina, the sixth-best outside linebacker in the country and the 50th-best player overall according to 247Sports... rated a four-star prospect and No. 237 on the ESPN300... a four-star prospect, the nation’s 44th-best player overall and the fifth-best “Big Back” by MaxPreps... a five-star prospect, the fourth-best outside linebacker in the country and No. 45 overall by PrepStar... selected South Carolina over a host of schools with Clemson, Florida, Virginia and Wake Forest also making his final list of five.
PERSONAL: Larenz Bryant was born November 1, 1994... is a journalism major.