The best defensive player in Kennesaw State Owls history is moving on. Linebacker Bryson Armstrong announced on Twitter he is entering the transfer portal and will play his final season at another school. He didn’t indicate where he will be playing next but it will likely be an FBS school to help his NFL Draft status.
“I wish I could repay you for all that you have done for me,” he tweeted. “I’ll start by saying thank you. Thank you for allowing me to live out my dream of playing college football. Thank you for helping me create lifelong relationships with some of the most incredible people on this planet. Thank you for helping me obtain my degree. Thank you for helping me become a better man. Thank you for believing in me.
“These past five years have been some of the best years of my life and I will forever be grateful for them. One of the best decisions I have ever made was to play football at Kennesaw State University. I am sharing this message with you today because I’m making another huge decision in my life.
“After talking to my God, family, and friends, I have chosen to enter my name into the transfer portal as a grad transfer with one year of eligibility left. Love you guys, go Owls and God bless.”
Armstrong finishes his career with the Owls as one of the most accomplished players in FCS history. He is a two-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award which is given to the best defensive player in the country. He has been named to the All-Big South First Team four times and is a two-time winner of the Big South Defensive Player of the Year Award. After his freshman season in 2017, Armstrong won the Jerry Rice Award, which is given to the nation’s best freshman player.
“He is a high-quality young man with an extremely bright future ahead,” KSU coach Brian Bohannon said in a statement, per the Marietta Daily Journal. As sad as I am that his time has come to an end here, I am equally excited for how he will continue to represent himself and his family at his next step. Bryson will always have a home at Kennesaw State, and we appreciate who he is and what all he has done.”
Armstrong finished his career with 18.5 sacks, 320 tackles, 226 solo tackles, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries, which are all school records.