Domingo Bryant talks all things A&M, reminisces with Jackie

December 12, 2012

Notes from Domingo Bryant Interview

* It is great to come back to Aggieland. He believes it is important for the current players to see the former players in person and vice-versa.

* It was a big deal to come in and play for Texas A&M as a freshman. Texas A&M is home.
* It is exciting to see all the new players and their impact on the team. 

* This past summer, his health declined. All of the support that the TexAgs community has given him has meant a great deal to him and his wife Dana. The prayers and thoughts got him through the tough times. 

* The excitement of this football season has also helped him find joy through hard times. As the season progressed, his health progressed. This is an exciting time to be an Aggie.

* The most memorable moment this season was the Ole Miss game because of the come-from-behind victory on the road. It was electrifying to watch. After the victory, he realized that this team was ready to play and win.

* The spotlight is on Johnny right now. He needs to keep a solid head on his shoulders because everyone is watching every move he makes. 

* Johnny Manziel progressed so much throughout this season. Johnny does not even know how good he can really be. It is his first season which means he played on natural ability. Johnny is a dangerous quarterback. 

* Kliff Kingsbury has a great relationship with Johnny. As a great quarterback, Johnny has a great coaching staff to keep him on track in the same way that Coach Jackie Sherrill did for Kevin Murray.

* It is tough for defensive units to cover someone like Johnny. It is even harder to prepare for him because he is the type of player you see once in a lifetime.

* Ricky Seals-Jones will make Johnny even more dangerous. With Mike Evans and RSJ on either side of him, Johnny has the potential to have an even more unbelievable season next year. 

* The Heisman is the most prestigious award in sports. Bringing the Heisman to College Station will do amazing things for Texas A&M and the football program.

* He faced Doug Flutie in 1982. Johnny does the same things that Flutie did on the field, except he is much faster. Comparing Johnny to other players is great, but he needs to have his own identity. 

* Nick Saban coached Domingo when he was playing for the Oilers. He was a great coach and a motivator. 

Notes from Jackie Sherrill Interview

* Bryant weighed about 165 pounds when he came out of high school and turned into a great player even though he wasn’t a big-named five-star recruit.

* Bryant always had a smile when he played whether he knocked someone to the dirt or it was him getting knocked to the dirt. He was very infectious with the rest of the football team and had some great moments during his career in Aggieland.

* Over 25 years ago, Bryant was part of a great team that won the 1986 Cotton Bowl over Auburn. The best thing about that win was what it did for the Aggies in years to come. By winning the highest game a Southwest Conference team could play in, A&M was able to get out from under the thumb of Texas.

* The Wrecking Crew absolutely started with Bryant and his teammates. The defensive players at that time not only had fun, but they served as a testament to being successful if you play every snap like it’s your last. The kids on that team out-toughed and out-hustled the teams that they played.

* You can’t put what winning a Heisman trophy means into words. Financially, you’re looking at hundreds of millions of dollars in benefit to the university. Johnny Manziel is living the dream right now, and he may not wake up for a long time. The coaches this year are giving the players something more than X’s and O’s, and that is evident in their level of effort this season.
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Domingo Bryant talks all things A&M, reminisces with Jackie

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Good to see Domingo on TexAgs and around our program! Glad his health improved, and he still has the smile and laugh I remember from his playing days. His wife is taking good care of him. Always appreciate her posts and updates. God bless them both.
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Gabe - great interview - I appreciate it very much. Domingo had great heart. He was an underrated recruit who played to the top of his ability and gave it everything that he had. He was also a part of one of the great A&M defenses. I loved watching him and I will never forget sitting in the end zone of Memorial Stadium in '84 when he blocked the field goal at the beginning of the second half to destroy the sip's attempt at a comeback. Domingo is and will always be one of my all-time favorite A&M players. Having said this, I disagree with one of your points.

You are on point with your credit of the defenses under Coach Davie. I had the good fortune to travel with the team to the LSU game in '91 and to view him first hand on the side-line and in the locker room at half-time - he and his defenses were incredible. However, I respectfully disagree when you intimate that the A&M defenses of the mid-'80's, of which Domingo was an important part, were the genesis of the great "Wrecking Crew" defense tradition. I would encourage you to go back and check out Coach "Mad-dog" Melvin Robertson and the defenses of the '70's. Those of us who were in the stands at the time can attest to the greatness of the the defense. The '70's defenses under Coach Robertson were, to borrow your words, "the Wrecking Crew before the Wrecking Crew!!"

We were ranked as high as number at the top of the nation under Coach Robertson at that time (1974 - 2nd, 1975 - 1st, 1976 - 4th, and 1978 - 6th). Coach Davie's defenses were incredible and I do not minimize nor do I want to take away; however, the defenses of the '80's carried on the "Wrecking Crew" tradition that actual began in the '70's. We fail to give credit where credit is due when we do not recognize the Coach Robertson defenses that included players like Thomas, Simonini, Hayes, Ten Napel, Trahan, Williams, Hunnicut, Jackson, etc. I suggest that you research the Coach Melvin Robertson defenses if you truly want to report on the past. You ought to also go back to the old days of the '70's and invite some of those players to come back and interview!!! Coach Robertson and Coach Bellard deserve the credit that they are due for moving A&M's football program forward!! They are the ones that began the process of moving A&M from obscurity to relevance with Coach Robertson's defense at the core!!

Keep up the good work - you are incredible - I truly enjoy, respect and appreciate your passion, your love for A&M and your commitment to solid TexAg's reporting!! The site would not be the same without you!!

[This message has been edited by wtr1975 (edited 12/12/2012 11:12p).]
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The 1985 season was my all-time favorite as an Aggie, with this season coming really close. And what I remember most about that season is that in a stretch of critical, close games including Arkansas and SMU, it was No. 6 making the big play, blocking a field goal, forcing a fumble on an option pitch, you name it. Domingo Bryant was Mr. Clutch that year.
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Totally agree wtr1975. Everybody thinks it was Sherrill who first brought A&M from post-'50s football obscurity to relevance, but it was Bellard and his mid-70s teams. They were absolutely dominating. I was a kid then, and you absolutely expected them to win every game. You were absolutely shocked and saddened for days after any rare loss.
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