Kelly Bryant explains why he chose Missouri over Auburn


Kelly Bryant and Auburn have been tied together for several years.

The relationship, however, never seemed to work out.

First it was the flirtation when he appeared to be headed to Clemson, which apparently included a “secret” visit to Auburn as a senior in high school. He stuck with Clemson in 2015, sat behind starter Deshaun Watson, won a national title on the bench and got his chance to do the same as a starter in 2017, losing to eventual national champion Alabama.

Then the quarterback lost his starting job to a freshman in 2018: Trevor Lawrence. He left Clemson in the middle of the 2018 season, and began looking for a landing spot as a graduate transfer. One year to get things right and prepare himself for the NFL.

Arkansas and his former offensive coordinator, Chad Morris, came calling. So, too, did North Carolina and Missouri. Auburn again entered the fray, but not until “three or four weeks” after Bryant entered the transfer portal, the quarterback said Monday at SEC Media Days.

Bryant is now at Mizzou, where he’ll be unable to play in a bowl game due to a postseason ban on the program. Back in the state of Alabama again, the senior was asked about his second flirtation with Auburn. He visited campus twice in the fall — and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn visited him at every opportunity — but he picked Mizzou over the Tigers on Dec. 4.

“That was one of the schools I wanted to go to out of high school. And so I took a visit there, but like I said at the end of the day something within me was telling me to go to Missouri,” Bryant said Monday. “I enjoyed my visit there to Auburn as well, meshed well with coach Malzahn, but at the end of the day I had one year to get it right and I feel like Missouri is the best position for me to be in.”

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