Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 30: Kansas State DB D.J. Reed

Posted August 3rd, 2017


The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

D.J. Reed is the epitome of a Kansas State success story. Unheralded coming out of junior college, he quickly burst on the scene last fall on his way to Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors. The 5-foot-9, 188-pound cornerback from Bakersfield, Calif. played in all 13 games, starting 12, and made 75 tackles to go along with a Big 12-leading 19 passes defended.


Reed started his career at Fresno State, redshirting there in 2014 before spending the following season playing for Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. He credits his immediate success on the plains to obsessive film study. Big 12 quarterbacks would probably agree.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

Anticipation is the straw that stirs the drink for Reed. He’s undersized and not overly fleet of foot, but makes up for both with instincts and knowledge that coaches dream about. Most of his highlights (watch above) are born from knowing where the play is going before it develops. He’ll often sit off a receiver with hopes of pouncing at just the right moment, like he did on his pick-six of Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.

Previous encounter

Reed made four tackles and had two pass break-ups to prevent Longhorns touchdowns near the corner of the end zone. You probably remember the second one, which he ripped out of Armanti Foreman’s arms late in the fourth quarter.

They said it

D.J. Reed: “I came in knowing everything about the playbook before I even practiced for the first time with (defensive coordinator) Tom Hayes. Learning the playbook is the most important thing you can do. I tell our new recruits that. Workouts and stuff, you can always work hard and do all that, but you have got to learn the playbook in order to get on the field. You are going to move much faster that way.”

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

No. 41: Winston Dimel

No. 40: Terence Williams

No. 39: Will Geary

No. 38: Kyzir White

No. 37: Tyron Johnson

No. 36: Nic Shimonek

No. 35: Taj Williams

No. 34: Keke Coutee

No. 33: Reggie Walker

No. 32: Rodney Anderson

No. 31: Jesse Ertz

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