Michigan state reciter Jayden Reed (5) slammed into a relegation during the Big Ten soccer match against Rutgers at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday October 24, 2020. Rutgers won the match, 38–27, after losing 21 consecutive matches at the Big Ten Conference. (Mike Mulholland | MLive. (Com) Mike Mulholland | MLive. Com
The recipient did not train at the level of the second year of the red hall even with a new coaching staff, but that did not stop Courtney Hawkins from predicting.
“I think Jayden will be a big surprise to the Spartan nation,” Hawkins, the new Spartans broad reception coach, said in April. “The child can play.
After four games a season, Reid proved his position as the coach right. It has 20 receptions at 216 yards and two landings.
« He’s young and he’s learning, he’s training hard, he’s playing hard, » said Michigan state coach Mel Tucker for the first year on Tuesday.. . “He is a consistent performer. You know what you’re going to get from him day in and day out in terms of his effort, how he goes about practicing it and things like that.. He is definitely a man to look to to get the ball rolling because the key to that is finding ways to get the ball to the playmakers.
Reid’s transformation into a Spartans playmaker shouldn’t come as a surprise. He was named a freshman at Western Michigan University in 2018 and had to sit down last season after moving to Michigan.. With the Big Ten season postponed due to the pandemic, Reid, who served on the Scout team last year, spent nearly two years between matches but said it was worth it to fulfill his desire to play for the Big Ten..
“Honestly, it’s just a blessing to come back to playing the game I love. Reid said on Tuesday . . . Enjoy the process of all this, whether it’s good or bad.
Michigan lost its two largest receivers from last season as Daryl Stewart Jr.. He graduated and left Cody White after his first year in the NFL. Reed, who is 6 feet, 0, and 185 pounds, took charge immediately as the start of this fall and had a noticeable debut with 11 catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns in his season-opening loss to Rutgers, though he also flopped twice. He only had two stops for 25 yards for the next two games together, but he led the team with seven receptions for 63 yards in last week’s loss to Indiana..
« I love him as a player, and I like being around him, » Tucker said.. “I love his coaching, he is a good team player, and I’m glad we got him. I am really excited about what he could become as he continues to develop as a player. Who knows how good it is?
Before the season began, Reid predicted that there would be a noticeable difference in Michigan’s ability to expand the playing field in the passing game. This was evident early on, as Rocky Lombardi had nine completions of at least 30 yards, including five from at least 50 yards, in the first three games, and spread between Reed and second-year redshirt Galen Naylor and real student Ricky White. It was a big change after Michigan went 30-game in a row without a pass of at least 50 yards before that streak was cut in the Pinstripe Bowl win over Wake Forest to close last season..
“Love it so far,” Reid said of attacking vertically. “No matter who is out there, we have men to do it and you have seen it.
Red is a key player in the Spartans squad but it is unclear who will throw the ball for him to move forward. Lombardy has struggled both of the past two weeks and been replaced by freshman Payton Thorne in the second quarter of last week’s 24-0 loss to Indiana.. Tucker said Tuesday that the quarterback competition will be played during the week before Saturday’s match in Maryland, which is still at risk due to Terrapins’ positive COVID-19 results..
“I think they are good leaders, honestly,” Reid said of Lombardy and Thorne. “They have clearly shown that they can get the job done. I have confidence and belief in them. I believe in those who are with me.
Reed has a long-standing relationship with Thorne that dates back to middle school, and they were classmates of high school in Metea Valley and then Naperville Central outside of Chicago and worked heavily at home this spring. He called Thorne his « brother » and considered the Thorne family to be like his family, especially after his father’s death in 2015. So, being able to call in the field for the first time in Michigan last week was significant and aroused the enthusiasm of friends back home.
“It was so normal, honestly,” Reed said of playing with Thorne. « I’ve been playing with him for a long time and I’m used to it when he’s there. It really isn’t new to me. It was really nice to hang out with him.
Thorne finished a 10-to-20 pass the 110 yards and intercepted against Indiana in his first significant playing time with Spartans. Six of his interests were for Reed, including 21 and 27 yard gains.
“It’s special after the hunt,” Thorne said of Reed. “You know that if you get the ball in his hands, he will do something positive with it almost all the time.
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