Reed ready to hit someone

After red-shirting his first year on campus, Bert Reed is ready to take the field for the first time knowing he will get to play. After almost two years of practice, Reed knows he is ready to go out there and make some plays.

"I'm really excited. I'm just ready to run out there and hear the crowd," the red-shirt freshman said with a smile from ear to ear.

As of right now, Reed says his nerves haven't gotten to him just yet, but he is definitely expecting to feel a little nervous the first time he gets out on to Bobby Bowden field in from of 83,000 screaming fans.

"I really can't say that I have any butterflies right now," Reed said. "I'm more just anticipating it and ready to play. No butterflies yet but I'm sure there will be Saturday."

Reed will be the likely candidate to fill the role of his suspended roommate, Preston Parker. Reed says rooming with Parker has made his easing into his role much simpler. Reed looks to Parker as a big brother and has being doing his best to learn from him.

"We talk a lot," the speed receiver said or Parker. "He helps me a lot with everything. He only wants to best for me. I can't wait for him to get back."

The biggest impact Reed is likely to make will be when he gets the ball in open space and can use his speed to make a big play. He knows that he is capable of doing just that but Reed wants to focus on another part of his game so he can prove to any doubters that he is a complete player.

"I just really want to block," he said. "The Coaches gave me that challenge just to block. They know I can catch and they know I can run with the ball but I want to show these coaches that I can block. Yeah, I'm small but I really do have heart."

After three long weeks of two-a-days and fall camp, the entire team is finally ready to get on the field and line up across from someone other than a teammate.

"I'm just tired of hitting the same guys and tired of hitting my teammates," Reed said. "It's been a long time coming for this game and it's been a long time coming."

As of now, Reed has never actually played in a game, but he has had to opportunity to run through the tunnel with his teammates prior to one. Reed calls the feeling electrifying and explained it the best way he could.

"You're adrenaline is going, emotions are high and you're ready to just hit somebody. It's a great feeling to play college football."

Reed hopes to get in space on Saturday.

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