Junior defensive end Cedric Reed, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, has decided to return for his senior season and not enter May’s NFL draft, he announced today.
“I think I can fit into Coach (Charlie) Strong’s scheme well, and I’m looking forward to having a great senior year under him, while I can also finish my degree.”
Reed is coming off a big season — 79 tackles, two fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, 10 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback pressures. It was his tipped pass in the closing seconds at Iowa State that Jackson Jeffcoat intercepted to seal the Longhorns’ 31-30 win.
He has played in 39 career games, with 19 starts, and has 128 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 27 tackles for loss, 29 pressures, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a Longhorn.
He’ll be a key part of Texas’ defense this fall; he and defensive tackle Malcom Brown are the team’s two most experienced linemen, and Reed should be the Longhorns’ top pass rusher.
“Coach Strong is a very passionate guy who knows a lot about football and knows a lot about the game,” Reed said. “He wants to build on everything we have here, and I want to be a part of that as a senior.”
Will be returning for my senior year! Excited to come back with my teammates, continue my education, and play for a new coach! #hookem
— Cedric Reed (@CedReed_DE) January 9, 2014
Also today, fellow juniors Malcolm Brown and Quandre Diggs also announced they’re coming back.
Diggs led the team in pass breakups and started all but one game. Brown led the team in rushing after taking over primary rushing duties when Johnathan Gray was lost for the season with an Achilles injury, rushing for 904 yards and nine touchdowns. After Gray’s injury, Brown averaged 105.1 rushing yards a game, over Texas’ last eight games.
“I wanted to come back and try to have an even better season than I did this past year, plus I can graduate,” Brown said. “I wanted to experience Coach Strong and see what he has for us, and I feel like we’re going to have a good year. We have a lot of guys coming back. We had a pretty strong 2011 (signing) class, and I want to come back and enjoy my senior year with all of them. We all have to wait our turn to be complete senior leaders, and it’s our time now.”
— Nino (@qdiggs6) January 11, 2014
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