ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Two Jacksonville seniors, running back Ulysses Bryant and linebacker Grady Redding, were named to the 2016 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team, as announced by the league Tuesday.
Bryant, a three-year starter, overcame an early season injury and finished his 2015 season on a high note. He played in all 11 Dolphin games, was third in the PFL with 763 rushing yards, 69.4 rushing yards per game, and 104.36 all-purpose yards per game. His 4.89 yards-per-carry was good for fifth in the conference. Bryant had four rushing scores and caught 38 passes, third-most on the team, for 385 yards and three touchdowns. The Jacksonville, Fla., native also showed off his versatile skills with one pass for a 30-yard touchdown.
Bryant was Second Team All-PFL in 2014 and returns this season looking to climb the Dolphin record books in new Head Coach Ian Shields' rushing attack. Bryant is second all-time in both rushing (2,478) and all-purpose yards (3,331) to Rudell Small, sixth in points scored (146), and fourth in touchdowns (23).
Redding, a linebacker who has earned a First-Team All-PFL distinction in consecutive seasons, was a wrecking ball last fall and ranked fourth in the PFL with 5.8 solo tackles-per-game and 10 total tackles-per-game. The Cocoa, Fla., native led Jacksonville in stops in back-to-back seasons with 58 tackles and 42 assisted tackles. He tallied 7.5 tackles-for-a-loss, 0.5 sacks, and five pass breakups.
The PFL also announced the preseason coaches poll, where the Dolphins were predicted to finish eighth out of the 11 teams. San Diego was chosen as the preseason favorite for the sixth consecutive year.
Jacksonville opens its season Sept. 10 at Liberty University. Season and single-game tickets for all JU home games are on-sale now. For more information, visit JUTickets.com.