Countdown to Kickoff: #97 Justus Reed

Continuing our countdown to the season with the player jersey numbers and Sunday marks the 97th day before the Gators kickoff the season. Number 97 belongs to redshirt freshman RUSH end Justus Reed. Reed hasn’t played a down of football yet for the Gators, but he made some noise in the spring.

Justus Reed clocks in this summer at 6-foot-3 and 226 pounds. Maybe he isn’t the perfect size to play up front in the SEC just yet, but he has added some weight and he seemed to play bigger than his size at points this spring when we were allowed to watch.

There is little doubt that Reed has some quickness. As a player at the RUSH position, he will be asked to play some pass rusher and some as a linebacker in stand up situations. Reed can do both. It isn’t to say he had a magnificent spring, but he did show at times that he can get around the edge and at other times he showed that he can actually bull rush the offensive lineman in front of him.

He has room to grow and will do so as he still has four years of eligibility, but he should get some time on the field in this, his redshirt freshman season.

In high school at Clearwater Central Catholic, he was named to the 2013 Class 3A All-State First Team. That year he racked up 106 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 13 sacks and led his team to the Class 3A State Championship Game where he recorded four solo tackles in the contest.

This is a big year for Reed with the chance to really see the field. He needs to take advantage of that chance as much as he can, but the staff also knows he needs a little more time to grow.

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