Life of Bryan 

April, 10, 2006
04/10/06
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While doing research for the recruiting recaps series a few months ago, I became intrigued by one-time Texas blue-chipper Bryan Pickryl.

Five years ago he was a lanky defensive end from Oklahoma, who, along with Vince Young, Rod Wright and about two dozen other touted prospects, made up the nation's top-rated recruiting class. Despite packing only about 215 pounds on his 6-foot-5 frame, Pickryl was still so quick and relentless, he started five games for UT at defensive end, notching 4 sacks as a true freshman. He did even better in the classroom. He was a biomedical engineering major who earned a 4.0 GPA in his first semester at UT.

But, just as it would seem like his star was set to take off, his football career seemed to fade away.

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