After taking a redshirt in his freshman year, Bert Reed enters the spring knowing he will definitely get to play in the fall. During the scrimmage, Reed played very well when going against the first team defense. "It was really intense but a lot of fun though. I feel like I have a lot to learn still but I played well." Reed said of his performance.
Reed led all receivers in the scrimmage with 4 catches for about 50 yards. He knows the offense had a rough showing overall and will be looking for improvement throughout the spring. "If I had to grade us I would probably give us a C-." said Reed "We were really inconsistent and coach always talks about how we need to be consistent.
On a personal level Reed just wants to continue to get better. "I feel like where I'm at personally is pretty good but I'm not happy with it. I just want to keep getting better and using all of my abilities. I know I've got a lot better since I first got here to Florida State but it's not good enough. I just want to keep improving."
Reed is currently listed 2nd on the depth chart behind Preston Parker but saw several reps with the first team in the slot throughout the scrimmage. He did an excellent job creating space from the defenders and catching the ball. Reed had only one drop in the scrimmage but had a good performance overall.
Another young player drawing a lot of attention is early enrollee Nigel Bradham. Bradham spent most of the scrimmage working with the 2nd team defense. Bradham also made some good plays but was caught out of place a few times. "For my first day I thought I did a couple good things," Bradham said, "I also made a lot of mistakes so I'm just gonna have to learn from them in the film room so I don't make them again."
After finishing his first scrimmage, Bradham knew he wasn't in high school anymore. "There's a lot more responsibilities now that I didn't have in high school. I'm still adjusting to the big difference in speed all over the field too."
As far as his personal assessment of the teams' defensive performance, Bradham was pleased with how they played. "We had a good day. Coach (Andrews) didn't make us run too much so obviously we played well against the offense. We still have a lot of work to do and we gotta get back to work on Monday."
Nigel is one of three early enrollees that will benefit from spring football before fall comes around. "I've learned so much since I've been here," he said, "and I haven't really been here that long. I feel like this is going to put me a big step ahead of the rest of my class. I think all recruits should try to do it if they can.
Look for both Bert Reed and Nigel Bradham to play key roles at their respective positions once the season starts in the fall. Both players are expected to see solid playing time if they continue to improve during this spring and into the fall.