Player Profile: Bert Reed

Bert Reed has put together back to back 600+ yard receiving seasons and is now entering his senior year.

Bert Reed

Year: Senior

High School: Panama City(Fl) Bay

Career: Heavily recruit player who was at one-time a UF commit. Reed played QB in high school and projected to either WR or CB in college. After a redshirt season in 2007, he played in 10 games as a frosh and caught 23 balls for 295 yards. Played his best game in the bowl win vs. Wisconsin.

Reed enjoyed his best season as a sophomore where he reeled in 60 balls for 710 yards essentially as a non-starter. He followed that up with a solid junior campaign catching 58 passes for 614 yards and two TDs(as a starter).

In addition to his receiving skills he has carried the football 33 times in his career for 208 yards.

Reed enters his senior season with 1,619 yards receiving and will have an opportunity to climb up FSU's all-time receiving list(Ron Sellars leads with 3,598 receiving yards). He is sixth all-time in receptions(141).

Expectations: Reed is supposed to be a big-play threat with his elite speed. He has flashed that potential, but has not made as many big plays as most would expect. His career 11.5 yards per catch is less than he should have.

He is a returning starter and figures to be part of the first group of WRs with Willie Haulstead and Rodney Smith.

Reed will face increased pressure to stay on the field from the youngsters on the roster such as Greg Dent, Kenny Shaw, Christian Green, and Jared Haggins. He will need to step up early and show he is capable of making the types of plays that are expected from a burner. He is FSUs swiftest wide-out.

He has tremendous straight-line speed, but struggles to move laterally. Might be best used out of the slot long-term. He does have NFL aspirations and will need a quality season to get drafted.

Overall: Hard to argue with the results as Reed has played a ton in his career. He is another player who even if he did not produce as a senior, it would still have been a great signing. There is a chance that he puts it together this year and becomes the type of player that many expected.

As mentioned, this year will depend on his camp and early results, particularly in game three vs. Oklahoma. He was a non-factor a year ago in that one.

Amazingly of his 141 receptions, only five have gone for TDs. Reed has added three more on the ground.

Bottom line, he is already a solid recruit and solid 'Nole, if he wants to be considered great he will need to have his best season as a senior. That will mean more big plays, more TDs, and in general being more consistent.

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