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.
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.”
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