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HISTORY — from college bio
CAREER NOTES: three-year letterwinner was an electric playmaker for the Spartans during his three seasons (2020-22) in East Lansing . . . in just three seasons and 31 games, finished his Spartan career among MSU’s all-time leaders in receptions (sixth with 147), touchdown catches (tied for seventh with 18) and receiving yards (12th with 2,069) . . . earned first-team All-America honors as a redshirt junior in 2021 by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as an all-purpose player and was also a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award . . . sat out the 2019 season after transferring from Western Michigan . . . earned Freshman All-America honors in 2018 with 56 receptions for 797 yards and eight TDs at WMU . . . over his 44-game collegiate career, caught 203 passes for 2,866 yards and 26 touchdowns . . . dynamic returner accumulated 581 punt return yards (14.9 avg.) and 841 kick return yards (20.0 avg.) in his career . . . returned three punts for touchdowns (two at MSU in 2021; one at WMU in 2018) . . . totaled 4,341 all-purpose yards in his collegiate career (2,866 receiving, 841 kick return, 581 punt return, 53 rushing) . . . started 43 of his 44 collegiate games, including all 31 at MSU . . . caught at least one pass in every Spartan game he played in (31) . . . scored a total of 30 TDs in his career (26 receiving; three punt return, one rush), including 21 at MSU (18 receiving, two punt return, one rush) . . . during his time at MSU, 90-of-148 (.608) offensive touches (receptions and carries) went for either a first down or touchdown . . . had nine 100-yard receiving games in his career (five at MSU; four at Western Michigan in 2018) . . . graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication in December 2021 . . . invited to the 2023 Senior Bowl.
2022 SEASON (grad sr.): Ranked second on the team in catches (55), receiving yards (636) and touchdown catches (5), all of which ranked among the Big Ten leaders (tied for 10th in receiving TDs; tied for 11th in receptions and receiving yards) . . . played in 11 games, all starting assignments (missed Washington game with an injury) . . . led the Big Ten in punt returns with his 8.8-yard average (13 returns for 114 yards) . . . ranked third on the team in all-purpose yards with 781 (636 receiving, 114 punt return, 20 kick return, 11 rushing) . . . earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a receiver from the coaches and third-team accolades as a kick/punt returner from the media . . . ranked second on the team with 14 explosive plays (20-plus yards; 13 receptions, one kick return) . . . 29-of-58 (.500) offensive touches (receptions and carries) went for either a first down or touchdown . . . had six catches for 36 yards at Penn State, adding one rush along with four punt returns for 41 yards, finishing with 70 all-purpose yards . . . tallied four catches for 52 yards in the Indiana game, topping the 2,000 receiving yards mark for his MSU career, becoming the 12th Spartan receiver to reach 2,000 career yards, adding two punt returns for 24 yards and one rush for 3 yards, finishing with 79 total all-purpose yards . . . snared four receptions in the Rutgers game, going for total 90 yards and one TD on 25-yard pass from Payton Thorne, and the total was good for second-most receiving yards of the season, highlighted by a season-long 35-yard yard catch, that came on an MSU TD drive . . . had five receptions for 68 yards and one TD at Illinois, catching go-ahead TD from Payton Thorne in the third quarter, capping back-to-back receptions as part of MSU’s three-play, 41-yard drive for the TD that proved to be winning margin . . . posted four receptions for 17 yards at Michigan, adding one rush for 17 yards . . . tabbed to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll (Oct. 18, 2022) for his performance in the Wisconsin game on Oct. 15 after touching the ball 12 times three different ways and accounted for scores two different ways that were the difference in the Spartans’ 34-28, double-OT win over Wisconsin . . . had season-high nine catches for 117 yards and one TD in addition to a 25-yard TD pass in the first OT to Keon Coleman against the Badgers, with the nine receptions being second-most in career, adding two punt returns for 20 yards officially, while also having an 81-yard punt return that was nullified by a penalty on the play, finishing with a season-high 137 all-purpose yards . . . had four catches for 67 yards with one TD in Ohio State game . . . had seven receptions at Maryland for 61 yards and had a TD catch in the second quarter for first scoring catch of the season . . . returned to action in Minnesota game and shared team lead with four catches for 21 yards . . . missed Washington game due to an injury . . . had six catches for 76 yards in the first half of the Akron game, adding an 86-yard punt return that was nullified by a penalty on the play, with five of the six catches going for first downs . . . started season-opener against former team, Western Michigan, with two catches for 31 yards, both going for first downs, and also was target on a pass interference call, and also had two punt returns for 21 yards and one kick return for 20 yards, for 72 total all-purpose yards.
2021 (redshirt jr): Named a first-team All-American by the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) as an all-purpose player . . . one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, which is given annually to the nation’s most versatile player . . . named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List . . . also named a third-team All-American by Pro Football Focus as a punt returner and by Phil Steele as an all-purpose player . . . garnered first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press as an all-purpose player . . . earned second-team All-Big Ten Conference as a returner by both coaches and media . . . collected third-team All-Big Ten accolades as wide receiver by both coaches and media . . . started all 13 games at wide receiver and led the team with career highs in receptions (59), receiving yards (1,026) and touchdown catches (10) . . . ranked among the Big Ten and FBS leaders in punt return touchdowns (first in both with two), all-purpose yards (second and 19th with 128.8 ypg), yards per reception (third and 34th with 17.4 avg.), kickoff returns (third and 36th with 23.5 avg.), receiving TDs (fourth and 21st with 10), total touchdowns (fourth and 37th with 13), receiving yards (fifth and 38th with 1,026) and receiving yards per game (fifth and 40th with 78.9) . . . averaged 18.0 yards per play (1,674 all-purpose yards on 93 total plays), which led the Big Ten and ranked tied for seventh in the FBS . . . ranked among MSU’s single-season leaders in TD catches (sixth with 10), receiving yards (ninth with 1,026), receptions (14th with 59), all-purpose yards (14th with 1,674), touchdowns (tied for 16th with 13) and punt return yards (16th with 238) . . . 42 of his 59 catches (.712) went for either a first down or a touchdown . . . led MSU with 32 explosive plays (20-plus yards), including 20 receptions, nine kick returns and three punt returns . . . seven of his 10 TD catches were from 25-plus yards . . . had two of the top 26 all-purpose single-game outings in FBS in 2021 (No. 11 with 285 yards vs. Western Kentucky; No. 26 with 261 yards vs. Youngstown State) . . . ranked second on the Spartans with 13 total touchdowns (10 receiving, two punt return, one rush) and 80 points . . . led the Spartans in both punt returns (12 for 238 yards and two TDs, 19.8 avg.) and kick returns (16 for 376 yards, 23.5 avg.) . . . tied a school record and ranked tied for first in the FBS with two punt returns for touchdowns (88 yards vs. Western Kentucky; 62 yards vs. Nebraska) . . . named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll four times during the season (vs. Youngstown State, Nebraska, Western Kentucky and Maryland) . . . although he didn’t qualify due to a statistic minimum in the NCAA stats (1.2 returns per game), Reed would’ve ranked first in the nation in punt returns with his 19.8 average, but he still became the first Spartan to lead the Big Ten in punt returns since Keshawn Martin in 2010 . . . was one of five players in the FBS in 2021 with more than 200 punt return yards (238) and 300 kick return yards (374), along with Charlie Jones (Iowa), Velus Jones Jr. (Tennessee), Marcus Jones (Houston) and Britain Covey (Utah) . . . one of five Big Ten receivers and one of 39 FBS receivers with more than 1,000 receiving yards . . . named the Offensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl after catching two touchdown passes vs. No. 12 Pitt, including the go-ahead score from 22 yards out with just 2:51 on the clock that put MSU on top, 22-21; also scored on a 28-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Panthers and finished the game with six catches for 80 yards to put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season (59 catches for 1,026 yards) . . . had 105 all-purpose yards, including 25 on punt returns, vs. Pitt . . . caught a team-high six passes for 89 yards with one TD in Penn State game . . . on a fourth-and-15 play late in the fourth quarter from the PSU 20, Reed caught a touchdown pass from Thorne to put MSU on top, 30-20 . . . amassed 100 all-purpose yards at Ohio State with two receptions for 28 yards and four kick returns for 72 yards in playing only the first half . . . led all players in the Maryland game with 210 all-purpose yards, including eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns (29 yards in first quarter; 3 yards in third quarter), with all eight receptions going for first downs or TDs, ranging from a long of 29-yards, to pair of short, 3-yard catches with a TD catch early in the third quarter and a 3-yard catch on third-and-2, reaching ball over the line to gain for the first down later in the third quarter . . . was the first Spartan to record a 100-yard receiving game against Maryland . . . also had four kick returns for 96 yards against the Terrapins, including a game-long 39-yarder on the last play of the first quarter . . . led MSU’s receiving corps at Purdue with four catches for 73 yards, with three going for first downs, including game-long of 32 yards, setting up MSU first-and-goal in fourth quarter, also adding one punt return for 3 yards . . . led the Spartans with six catches for 80 yards in Michigan game, including a long of 28 yards on a fourth-and-4 play in the third quarter that led to an MSU touchdown; also caught a 2-point conversion pass that tied the game at 30 in the eventual 37-33 win over the No. 6 Wolverines . . . collected 105 all-purpose yards at Indiana with 70 yards on four catches, 24 yards on two kick returns and 11 yards on two punt returns . . . had four catches for 29 yards, one rush for 4 yards and one punt return for 1 yard in game at Rutgers . . . returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Western Kentucky game, tying for the third-longest punt return in school history . . . returned back-to-back punts for a TD (fourth quarter vs. Nebraska, 62 yards) . . . became just the third player in school history to return two punts for a touchdown in the same season (Bill Simpson, 1972; James Ellis, 1951) . . . both Simpson and Ellis also returned their punts for touchdowns in back-to-back games (Simpson: 48 yards vs. Illinois on Sept. 16, 1972; 74 yards vs. Georgia Tech on Sept. 23, 1972; Ellis: 57 yards vs. Penn State on Oct. 20, 1951; 55 yards vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 1951) . . . recorded a career-high 285 all-purpose yards against the Hilltoppers (127 receiving, 88 punt return, 63 kick return, 7 rushing), the seventh-highest single-game total in MSU history . . . scored on an 88-yard punt return and a 46-yard TD reception in the first quarter vs. WKU . . . named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Nebraska . . . returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown to tie the Nebraska game at 20 with 3:47 left in the game, marking MSU’s first punt return for a touchdown since Nov. 26, 2011 (Keshawn Martin 57 yards at Northwestern) . . . had a 35-yard TD catch in the second quarter against the Huskers, part of hauling in four passes for 59 yards, finishing night with 192 all-purpose yards (69 kick return, 62 punt return, 59 receiving, 2 rushing), including career-long 41-yard kick return . . . scored first rushing TD of career as part of two total TDs on the day at No. 24 Miami, with an 8-yard rush in the fourth quarter to seal the Victory for MSU, and also had a 10-yard TD catch earlier in the fourth quarter, finishing day with 69 all-purpose yards on 32 yards receiving on three catches with one TD, 17 yards rushing on two carries, with the ground score, and added a 20-yard kick return . . . named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll and named an MSU Offensive Co-Player of the Game team award for his performance in the Youngstown State game, as he caught four passes for a career-high 181 yards, snaring two catches for 160 yards in the first half alone (75-yard TD on first play of the game; 85-yard TD in second quarter) . . . it marked the first time an MSU receiver had more than 150 yards receiving in the first half since Tony Lippett in 2014 vs. Jacksonville State (4 catches for 167 yards) . . . also tallied 264 all-purpose yards (181 receiving, 32 kick return, 48 punt return) against the Penguins . . . started at wide receiver in season-opening win at Northwestern in front of many friends and family from his nearby hometown of Naperville, Illinois, snaring team-bests of five catches for 64 yards, with three of the five going for a first down, adding one rush for 12 yards as four of six touches went for first down.
2020: Started all seven games at wide receiver to earn his first letter with the Spartans . . . led the team and ranked eighth in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (109.6 ypg; 767 total) . . . ranked fourth in the Big Ten and led MSU in kick returns (20.6 avg.; 329 yards total) . . . earned All-Big Ten honors from Pro Football Focus (third team) and the media (honorable mention) as a kick returner . . . led the Spartans with 33 catches and ranked second on the team with 407 receiving yards . . . ranked tied for 10th in the Big Ten in receptions per game (4.7) . . . 19 of his 33 (.576) of catches went for a first down or touchdown, including team-leading 8-of-10 on third down and 1-of-1 on fourth down (one TD) . . . added six rushes for 17 yards, 16 kick returns for 329 yards (20.6 ypr) and two punt returns for 14 yards . . . totaled 118 all-purpose yards at Penn State, with six catches for 76 yards, including three going for first downs, adding 12 yards rushing, one kick return for 20 yards and one punt return of 10 yards . . . snared five receptions for 79 yards in Ohio State game with a long of 55 yards, which was a new season long, and also set up MSU’s touchdown on next play; 4-of-5 receptions vs. Ohio State went for first downs, including three on the same drive with two coming on third downs . . . added three kick returns for 83 yards, with a season-long of 39 yards, against the Buckeyes and finished with 162 all-purpose yards in the game . . . had two catches for 36 yards vs. No. 8 Northwestern, including a 15-yard TD catch in the second quarter, putting MSU ahead 17-0; added a 21-yard reception for a first down in the third quarter, in addition to a 13-yard kick return . . . started Indiana game and led the team in receptions with seven for 63 yards, with three going for first downs, and also had a season-high 89 kick return yards, including a 36-yard return, to finish with a team-high 152 all-purpose yards . . . had one catch for 7 yards at Iowa and added two kick returns for 40 yards, with a long of 23 yards . . . had just one catch at No. 13 Michigan, but it went for 18 yards and a first down on third down, keeping Spartan drive going that led to insurance TD in fourth quarter . . . also had two rushes for 13 yards against the Wolverines, including 7-yard scamper on first play of MSU’s first TD drive in opening quarter, and a 19-yard kick return, setting up MSU drive for go-ahead field goal in third quarter . . . in first game wearing the Green and White, had 11 catches for 128 yards and two scores, becoming the first Spartan to record 100 yards receiving in his debut . . . snared a 50-yard scoring pass play from quarterback Rocky Lombardi to cap and 86-yard scoring drive, that was MSU’s longest scoring drive since 2018 (vs. Purdue, 10/27/18), and the 50-yard scoring play was the Spartans’ longest scoring play since Connor Heyward’s 80-yard run in 2018 at Maryland (11/3/18) . . . the 11 receptions were a career high, while the 128 total yards and the 50-yard reception were both the second-best of career including one season at Western Michigan, bettering previous high of seven catches done three times (vs. Syracuse, at Georgia State and at Miami (OH)), while behind 137 yards at Miami (OH) and 62-yard reception vs. Toledo.
2019 (redshirt): Transferred from Western Michigan and sat out the entire 2019 season due to NCAA rules, but still practiced with the Spartans.
Attended Western Michigan
2018: Named FWAA Freshman All-American at Western Michigan . . . earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors from Pro Football Focus . . . played in all 13 games, including 12 starts . . . tallied 56 receptions for 797 yards with eight touchdowns during freshman season . . . posted four 100-yard receiving games and ranked in the top 10 in the MAC statistic rankings in overall receiving yards (797), receiving yards per game (61.3), receptions per game (4.3) and receiving touchdowns (8) . . . added a 93-yard punt return for a TD as part of 12 punt returns for 215 yards (17.9 ypr) . . . added nine kickoff returns for 116 yards (12.9 ypr) . . . had smashing collegiate debut with seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in WMU’s season-opener against Syracuse . . . the 93-yard kick return came in third game of season against Delaware State and ranked as the second-longest punt return in WMU history . . . in MAC opener vs. Miami (Ohio), tied school record by snaring four touchdown receptions, matching Super Bowl XLV champion and WMU Hall of Famer Greg Jennings’ school record, and ended game with seven receptions for 137 yards.
High school: Earned first-team all-state honors for Division 8 from the Illinois Football Coaches Association as a senior in 2017 . . . also named to the USA TODAY All-Illinois First Team . . . garnered Chicago Sun-Times All-Area plaudits after recording 1,179 receiving yards, averaging 20 yards a catch, and scoring 18 total TDs while playing receiver, running back and special teams . . . also earned all-conference accolades at Naperville Central as a senior after transferring from Metea Valley . . . named Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 . . . finished high school career with 60 receptions for 1,792 yards with 20 touchdowns . . . was also nominated for the United States Achievement Academy Math Award . . . had 23 catches for 403 yards and four TDs as a junior at Metea Valley . . . high school teammates with Spartan letterwinners Cade McDonald and Payton Thorne at Naperville Central.
Born April 28, 2000 . . . Son of Kesha Reed and his late father Sabian Reed . . . Stepfather is Rodney Scott . . . Graduated with his bachelor's degree in communication in December 2021.
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