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Cleveland Native Christian Bryant Making An Impact Early For Ohio State

Ohio State safety Christian Bryant's performance has impressed Urban Meyer's coaching staff so far.

September 15, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Christian Bryant (2) intercepts a California Golden Bears pass in the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
September 15, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Christian Bryant (2) intercepts a California Golden Bears pass in the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

He may not be able to shed his label as a boom-or-bust type of player, but Ohio State Buckeyes safety Christian Bryant has impressed the team's new coaching staff early in the season with his play. Bryant was integral to Ohio State's 35-28 victory over California last Saturday, capping the game with an interception.

Bryant did make his mistakes within the game, though, including one key missed tackle. But those kinds of mistakes don't shake the safety's confidence, as he said while speaking with The Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises:

It's just something I'll learn from. I really don't get down on myself too much, because you could lose confidence like that. I just try to stay positive. I'm a real top confident guy, so I don't really lose confidence.

Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer was generally positive as well about Bryant's performance, recognizing that he's a special player:

I'm continuing to learn that Christian Bryant is kind of a rock-star type of player, and we've had that conversation. I just want him to stay within. He's been great. I've coached players before where I've had that conversation. So the greater the player, sometimes you have to do that.

Bryant has also discussed how Mike Doss, former three-time All-American safety with Ohio State, has helped him to improve as well.

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