While Arkansas was struggling with its downfield passing game Saturday at Auburn, a potential future Razorback wideout was running wild in Iowa.
Former Camden Fairview and current Coffeyville, Kan. Community College sophomore speedster Dominique Reed (6-4, 180, 4.3) had a monster season opener with 10 catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
It came in his team’s 57-35 road loss Iowa Western, the nation’s No. 2 ranked junior college team and was his first game after redshirting last season.
“It felt great to be back out there and making plays,” Reed said. “I would like to have won the game more, but I was at least able to do a lot of things to help my team on offense.”
His game was going on at the same time as Auburn was downing visiting Arkansas 45-24 after the game was tied 21-21 at intermission.
“I didn’t get to see it because we were playing, but it sounded like it was a lot like our game,” Reed said. “Our game was tied 28-28 at halftime, but they just got on us in the third quarter.”
Reed, who 47 catches for 818 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 before being suspended for 2013, had a touchdown catch of six yards in the opening quarter and then a 52-yard one in the second quarter as he blew by the defense.
“We knew from the scouting report that I would be able to get some plays short and also get over the top,” Reed said. “I was able to use my speed to just run by some guys.”
Razorback fans have to be salivating about the possibility of having the speed of Reed, North Little Rock’s K.J. Hill and Highland’s Deon Stewart added to the team next season.
Reed has made it clear that Arkansas is his leader with some eight offers total.
Hill joined Stewart as an Arkansas commit on Friday when he chose the Razorbacks over Alabama, Oregon, Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State among others.
“I have not gotten to see him (Hill) play, but I hear he is really, really good,” Reed said. “I think we could get out there and make a lot of things happen for Arkansas.”
Reed is tied for the school single-game record for catches with 13 in one game (from current Arkansas player A.J. Derby) and needs only four more receptions to become Coffeyville’s all-time leading pass catcher.
That could certainly happen next week when Coffeyville visits Ellsworth, Iowa, CC.
“I just want to go out and have another good game and just keep things going,” Reed said. “We need to go get us a win.”
Speedster Reed Has Monster Season Opener
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