In a terrifying moment on Saturday night, Ole Miss Rebels linebacker Serderius Bryant went down after attempting to tackle Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and he did not get up. The crown of his helmet had struck Manziel’s chest and a stretcher was called out to take him off the field.
The 60,950 fans packed into Vaught-Hemingway Stadium looked on in petrified silence as Bryant was wheeled away, but they got a positive sign. Bryant gave a double thumbs-up as his teammates looked on from one knee.
On Sunday, coach Hugh Freeze texted Hugh Kellenberger of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that “things look good” pending further testing. Apparently, the initial prognosis is a severe concussion, but we won’t know for sure until more tests are run.
If he is unable to play against LSU on Saturday, Freeze may be left scrambling. Bryant is the SEC’s leader with an average of 11 tackles per game. His six tackles for a loss also lead the Rebels, and his efforts have led to him being included on the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List.