"I was waiting a little while," he admitted with a big smile after the post-game prayer concluded. "But it paid off."
Finally, a chance. And he made the most of it.
Quarterback Joe Tereshinski hit Bryant with a strike on a post pattern for a 27-yard touchdown, giving the sophomore from Peach County his first scoring catch at Georgia.
Nearly all of the wideouts in Georgia's rotation saw action before Bryant, but the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder fit as much action into his playing time as possible.
A.J. Bryant caught two passes for 34 yards, one of 11 Bulldogs to catch a pass. And he went through more contact and pounding on the sideline than on the field, teammates and coaches searching him out to offer congratulations.
"They were all over me," he laughed. "I guess they were waiting for me, too. They know I've been working hard.
"Everybody said to be patient and not get frustrated with myself. I finally did something."
Bryant had two catches this season for 16 yards in five games after catching three for 58 last year.
Richt was happy to see Bryant, who has battled injuries his two years in Athens, get the score and earn a sticker on his helmet, one of the team's rewards for key plays.
"He's gonna get a bone," Richt said. "We tried to get a few guys some opportunities that hadn't had many opportunities. A.J. made the most of his."