Dez Bryant being honored at Panthers game tonight

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Former Panther great and Dallas Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant is returning home.

The wide receiver will be signing autographs tonight beginning at 6 p.m., prior to the Lufkin Panthers game against Atascocita.

Bryant will sign autographs until 7 p.m., in a tent near the home-side gate at Abe Martin Stadium, then will be honored before kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

Bryant was known at Lufkin for his numerous highlight-grabbing catches as a Panther. He moved on to Oklahoma State in 2007, where he recorded 43 catches and 622 yards as a freshman. As a sophomore, Bryant was a consensus All-America selection and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, the honor for the best receiver in the nation. He was also the Big 12 special teams player of the year, running two punts back for touchdowns. He ended the season as the Big 12 statistical champion in receiving yards per game (113.9), scoring (9.69 ppg), touchdown receptions (19).

His junior season was cut short after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for lying about meetings he had with former NFL player Deion Sanders.

Bryant elected to go pro in 2010, where he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys as the 24th pick in the first round.

Through three games this year, Bryant has 14 receptions for 158 yards. He recorded his first career touchdown with a 62-yard punt return in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears.

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