‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Shares Incredible Now-and-Then Photos of Son Who Plays Football for North Texas

by Suzanne Halliburton

Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is celebrating the start of college football season in a very personal way.

She posted a before and after shot of her son, Bryce. In the before snap, he’s a cute little boy carrying a football. In the after, he’s all grown up and throwing a pass. Or, we can use Drummond’s own nicknames “little blonde pookie head” versus “big blonde pookie head.”

The Pioneer Woman star captioned the photos: “How it started vs. how it’s going. Go Bryce! Go Mean Green!”

Drummond Celebrated Bryce’s Signing on Pioneer Woman Blog

Bryce plays quarterback for the University of North Texas Mean Green. The school is located in Denton, about an hour’s drive from Dallas. And the Mean Green play in Conference USA, a Group of Five league in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.

Back in December, Drummond posted on her Pioneer Woman blog:

“I can’t believe this day has arrived! Bryce, my third child and first son, has graduated from high school. Excuse me while I go cry for ninety years. Okay, I’m back. Yes, Bryce has officially graduated, and a semester early! He took concurrent college courses over the summer and fall to satisfy his high school requirements, and within three weeks I’ll be driving him down to Texas to start college. Excuse me while I go cry for four hundred years.

“Okay, I’m back. Bryce is starting school early for one important reason: Football!”

Young QB Considered One of Top Prospects In Oklahoma

Drummond dropped off Bryce in Denton in January. He was rated as a three-star prospect. And he also considered Texas State and Tulsa. Bryce played for Pawhuska High School in Pawhuska, Okla. Pioneer Woman fans know that the Drummond family lives on their ranch outside of Pawhuska. In the 247sports recruiting composite, Drummond ranked as the 21st rated player in the state of Oklahoma.

Maybe Drummond will use her Pioneer Woman blog to keep everyone updated on Bryce as he competes for playing time at North Texas. Since he graduated early and spent the spring semester in Denton, he’s already learned Coach Seth Littrell’s offense. But the Mean Green starting job likely will go to either Austin Aune, who split time with Jason Bean last fall, or Jace Ruder. He’s a transfer from North Carolina. North Texas was 4-6 in 2020.

Ree Drummond celebrated Bryce’s 18th birthday last fall, writing:

“Before he was a quarterback, he was a cowboy,” the Pioneer Woman wrote, as she posted old photos of Bryce. “Can’t believe he’s 18…it went by so ridiculously fast. His dimples are still the death of me. Happy birthday, Bryce! Love you, son.”

Pawhuska is in northeast Oklahoma near the state’s border with Kansas. If the Drummond family wants to check out Bryce on a perfect autumn Saturday, he’s only a four-hour drive away.