North Alabama Prospect: DT Freddie Reed

Freddie Reed (#92) played as a defensive end for the University of North Alabama. Reed grew up in West Point, Mississippi and attended West Point High School. During his high school career, Reed saw playing time at defensive end, defensive tackle and as a tight end. Reed helped the Greenwaves win back-to-back state championships (’09 and ’10) and three straight playoff appearances (’10 through ’12). Reed was named 2010 Region 1 Class 5A Honorable Mention Defensive Line. During Reed’s sophomore year, he tallied 57 tackles and 4 sacks. His Junior season, Reed recorded 74 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Reed was also a member of his high school baseball team.
Reed had a very successful career at UNA, though he was redshirted in 2013. Reed first saw playing time in 2014 where he played in 10 games as a member of the defensive line. During those 10 games, Reed recorded 4 tackles. However, Reed would make a big improvement with on field production following his sophomore and junior season when he totaled 47 tackles, 9.5 TFL, and 2.5 sacks. Reed would earn Second-Team All-Gulf South Conference Honors as a sophomore and junior. In his final season at UNA, Reed recorded 45 tackles, 10.5 TFL, and 3.5 Sacks. Reed commented on his success while at UNA and said, “I give God all the glory for blessing me to receive recognition with the hard work and dedication I put in during the off-season. Keeping faith in God with the support of parents, who I love so much guided me in the right direction.”

 

Reed talked about his toughest matchup in college and said it came against West Georgia in 2015. When Reed talked about his preparation he said, “a bunch of film and study, reading the lineman keys that they gave away, and just really dissection their stances thoroughly to distinguish if it was a run or pass coming really set me up for the preparation.” Due to his preparation for the game, Reed was able to record 3 tackles against West Georgia his sophomore year.

Reed is currently focusing on preparing for his Pro Day which he will be participating in within the next couple of days. As Reed finishes his preparation he said his main focus this offseason was working on his explosiveness. Reed mentioned, “I have emphasis on that because it’s the key ingredient being a defensive lineman, having an explosive ball get off with violent hands and violent hips.” Reed has proven he has the ability to shed the blocks with the multiple tackles he recorded behind the line of scrimmage. With him improving that aspect of his game even more, I expect him to be a huge threat during the run and pass games causing quarterbacks to scramble because of the pressure.

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