Dorien Bryant excelled at many things during his career at Purdue. Among them were catching passes, returning kicks and rewriting the record books.
As a freshman in 2004, Bryant began his lustrous career by hauling in 38 receptions for 584 yards, good for third on the team. Purdue finished the season 7-4 and earned a trip to the Sun Bowl.
After that season, Bryant was the go-to guy. During his sophomore year in 2005, he caught 16 passes against Northwestern, which ranks tied for third all-time in Purdue history. Over his final three seasons, Bryant led the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. He also was tops in kickoff returns and yards.
As a senior in 2007, Bryant began shattering records. He set season marks for all-purpose yards with 2,121 and kickoff returns with 36. He also set the record for kickoff return yards with 1,007 and combined return yards with 1,100.
The second team All-Big Ten selection twice was named the Big Ten Player of Week as a senior, once for offense and the other for special teams. He also set the Purdue game records for kickoff returns with eight and combined returns with nine, both against Michigan State.
Bryant's career statistics are nothing short of phenomenal. He holds or shares school records for all-purpose yards (6,219 - fifth in Big Ten history), kickoff returns (88 - tied for ninth in Big Ten) and combined return yards (2,250). Additionally, he ranks second in receptions (292 - second in Big Ten), second in kickoff return yards (2,125 - ninth in Big Ten), third in receiving yards (3,548 - third in Big Ten) and tied for fourth with nine 100-yard receiving games.
By the time Bryant concluded his career at Purdue, his name was plastered all over the record book, including the top spot in 10 different categories.
BRYANT'S PURDUE STATISTICS