By Robert Brown
It has been a strong season for the Bryant football team and a strong way for the seniors to finish their careers as Bulldogs. They finished their season 6-5 (4-2) in the NEC, which marks its “first winning record since 2014 and its fifth in 10 years as a D1 program.” They finished second in conference for two consecutive years, and finished the season on a four-game winning streak. This is the longest winning streak since its “five-game winning streak in 2014.”
Even though they didn’t win the NEC this year, or go to the playoffs, the future is looking bright for these group of men. After graduation, they will be bringing back 19 of their seniors, the majority of the starters on both sides of the ball, on Senior Day.
As the coaching staff goes on to look at the different accomplishments, they will see the success of different individuals and the team as a whole. The Bulldogs blocked eight kicks during the season, which places them at number two in the nation. Additionally, they set an NEC record with 305.8 passing yards per game.
When you look at the individual accolades, Quarterback Price Wilson threw for 3,311 yards, making him the first in school history, and the second in NEC history, to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a single season. Having not scored a touchdown in his first three years at Bryant, Jake Wiswall managed to score for the second-straight week to help put the Bulldogs on top for Senior Day. Tom Kennedy finished his season with 57 catches for 888 yards and nine touchdowns, which make him third, fourth, and tied for second in program history.
Senior Matt Sewall’s 15th touchdown reception of the year moved him into the sole possession of third place in school history. Constant finished the season with 1,633 all-purpose yards, fifth-most in a single season in program history. Thomas Costigan became the second player in program history to post more than 100 tackles in a single season. He finished the season tied with the single-season program record with 11.5 sacks.
As an outsider looking in, one sees the potential in this team. However, in the locker room it’s hard to tell that potential isn’t what matters to this team. Getting the job done is what matters. Potential can only take a team so far. The players see just how bright the future can be for their team, but understand how success will not happen overnight.
This off-season will be very important to helping the team reach that goal. If the Bulldogs continue to work the way Coach Perry spoke after their victory against Duquesne, they will be able to achieve any goals, and overcome any obstacles placed in front of them. “I couldn’t be more proud in all of my years of coaching. You love teams that practice and work hard, and this team is the epitome of that. I’m very thankful and I know the Bryant community is very thankful for their [the seniors] efforts. I’m excited for us to able to finish strong,” said Perry.