WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - UAB running back Greg Bryant was shot and killed Saturday in South Florida, the school said.
Bryant, a former Notre Dame player, and passenger Maurice Grover were found shot in a car along southbound Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach, police told The Palm Beach Post. Grover had minor injuries, police said.
"We lost a member of our Blazer family today with the senseless passing of Greg Bryant," Blazers coach Bill Clark said. "We were so excited to recruit Greg, welcome him to Birmingham and to UAB football, and get to know him over the past several months. Greg was a very special talent and young man. He always had a smile on his face. While he was with us for a short time - too short - he was a big part of an exciting and historical time for our program and will always be a Blazer."
Clark said in an earlier statement that Bryant had been surrounded by family as he received treatment for gunshot wounds.
Bryant was the biggest name in UAB's first recruiting class since the school restarted the football program.
He spent last season living out of a hotel room in Miami with friends while attending classes at ASA College, playing in only one game. Bryant left Notre Dame after one season when he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2015 season.
"Greg worked extremely hard this spring on the field and in the classroom," Clark said. "He told me his GPA this semester was the highest he has had in his life, and he was very proud. The light really went on for him here, and he had a bright future ahead of him."
Since UAB won't play again until the 2017 season, Bryant was allowed to enroll in January 2016 instead of possibly having to wait an extra year to get eligible elsewhere. He could become eligible to compete after spending an academic year at UAB.
"Coach Clark, he really did me a favor, because I was living in hotels in Miami," Bryant told The Associated Press before national signing day in February. "He said I could come in as soon as the semester was over. Any other school I would have had to wait another semester and probably be enrolled by December. I just bought into what coach Clark was saying and I got in with a 2.0" GPA.
He expressed optimism for his future in an April 18 post on his Twitter page: "Accomplished way to (sic) much to stop here. Got so much more to accomplish."
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