Folston, Bryant eager to make presence felt in Irish backfield

Towards the end of Brian Kelly's press conference Saturday, there was a loud noise coming from the doorway as someone was trying to enter the auditorium, which was locked.

"Who is it?" Kelly yelled trying to find out. "Is it a player?"

When Kelly was told it was his two sophomore running backs, he yelled, "Hey, I'm in a press conference."

Kelly then turned to the media and sported a huge smile.

Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant are very eager to make a name for themselves, so much that they are even arriving early to meet with the media.

"Yeah that was me," Folston said with a big smile. "I was trying to get in. They told us we had media in the auditorium so I came in. I Didn't know it was Coach Kelly's media."

Folston broke through a bit last year, rushing for 470 yards on 88 carries. He finished tied for the team high with 3 rushing touchdowns. He's heading into the right direction.

"I'm just going to continue to go in and work hard and do everything right," Folston explains.

But Kelly wants more.

"At times I'd like to see him be more than just who he is," Kelly explains. "It almost seems like you have to push him a little bit more than I would like. I'd like to see a little bit more--I'd like to take this position over."

That attitude may be more suited for Bryant, who is doing everything he can in camp to showcase himself. Bryant didn't play much last year, then got hurt, then got a medical redshirt. The whole ordeal had him considering a transfer.

"At first I was like what did I get myself into because I felt like I should have came in and I thought I was going to play right away--jump in the starting lineup but it didn't happen that way," Bryant explains.

"They humbled me. Coach Kelly and everybody humbled me because I was just athletic but I didn't know the mental part of the game."

Bryant says he does know the mental part of the game now and its now an advantage for him. Because of that, he knows what he's capable of doing if given the opportunity this season.

"i'll tell you that Greg Bryant when he has the ball in his hands, he's going to make ooo's and ahh's, he's going to make plays easily," Bryant said, speaking of himself in the third person.

Now that's confidence.

Folston and Bryant have split first team reps so far in camp with senior Cam McDaniel.


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