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Decision made: Bryant chooses Missouri over Hogs, others

Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant made the most-anticipated graduate transfer decision in years Tuesday evening when he chose Missouri over Arkansas and others.

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Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant made the most-anticipated graduate transfer decision in years Tuesday evening when he chose Missouri over Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and North Carolina.

Bryant made the announcement via Twitter:

He was 16-2 as a starter for Clemson, including directing them to a berth in the College Football Playoff in 2017 before falling to Alabama in the semifinals.

During that season, Bryant was 262-of-398 passing for 2,802 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 665 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 3.5 yards per carry.

Bryant started the first four games for the Tigers in 2018, but lost his job to true freshman Trevor Lawrence and immediately made the decision to transfer and Arkansas was immediately in the conversation for his services.

Hogs coach Chad Morris had been the lead recruiter on Bryant but left for the head position at SMU in December 2014 before Bryant signed. He spent two seasons as the backup to Deshawn Watson, including the national championship season of 2016.

With Cole Kelley’s announcement earlier this week that he was leaving, Arkansas has scholarship quarterbacks Ty Storey, Connor Noland, John Stephen Jones and Dalton Hyatt on the roser.

It will not be surprising if Hyatt leaves and the Hogs are expecting to have North Panola three-star quarterback KJ Jefferson sign and be on campus next summer.

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