Kansas State’s secondary and special teams will have some big shoes to fill in 2018, as cornerback and return man D.J. Reed announced his plans to skip his senior season of college and head to the NFL Draft.
— DJ_2Great (@D7_Reed) January 1, 2018
On specials teams, Reed led the Big 12 conference in punt return average by a wide margin at 14.9 yards per return and his kick return average was 32.8 yards per game, also tops in the Big 12.
Defensively, he finished the season with 47 tackles, was third in the conference with 13 pass break ups, second with four interceptions and tied for the lead with two fumbles recovered.
Reed has been all over the map, as he began his career as a walk-on as Fresno State, transferred to Cerritos College (Calif.) and then was offered a scholarship to Kansas State, where he played the past two seasons.
Reed finishes his career in Manhattan with 125 tackles, seven interceptions and an average kick return of 34.2 yards. Last season, Reed was named to the conference first-team defense and awarded the Defensive Newcomer of the Year award. This year, he was first team as a kick returner and a defensive back.