Thursday, August 14, 2008
Michael Reed, keep on keepin' on
Salt Lake Tribune BYU beat writer Jay Drew recently said that if he had to pick a fall camp MVP it would be Michael Reed, the steady receiver out of Baytown, Texas.
I'm a fan of Michael Reed, and I appreciate Drew's kind words. Reed doesn't get the credit he deserves, in my opinion, especially from BYU fans.
Reed is in a tough position at BYU. He was a former Texas WR star who came into Provo riding a wave of hype. He had a solid '05 season, becoming one of John Beck's favorite targets, but then kind of slipped into the shadows--with guys like McKay Jacobson and Jonny Harline grabbing the limelight in '06, and then the return of Austin Collie in '07.
All the while, though, Reed has been a solid receiver for BYU. Granted, he has an unusual propensity to get injured during touchdown celebrations (remember TCU, '06?), but Reed has never done anything at BYU to make me dislike him for any reason.
Has he been a 1,000 yard guy? No.
Has he been a "stretch the defense" deep threat guy? Sometimes... but generally no.
What he has done, though, is get critical first downs, make spectacular TD catches (Wyoming, '06) and block his butt off for superstar tailbacks like Harvey Unga.
By the way, if you haven't noticed Michael Reed's blocking abilities, I highly recommend you watch for it this year. One of the most underrated abilities for receivers is blocking, and Reed does a great job of it. (For proof watch the beginning of this video where Reed de-cleats Utah's Steve Tate. It's a thing of beauty.)
Anyway, keep on truckin' Michael Reed. You're a solid guy, and I hope you have a great senior season.