Reed is a constant on offense

Reed is a constant on offense

Some could go into the tank after a bad play to keep your team from possibly winning the game. Jordan Reed isn't one of those. The Gators' junior tight end continues to be a bright spot in an offense that continues to look for answers. Saturday, he came in clutch and was part of two big plays for an offense that didn't do much all day.

Jordan Reed is only in his second year at the tight end position for the Gators and is a semifinalist for the Mackey Award which goes to the nation's best player at the position. He is a prime target for gator quarterbacks as we continue to see every week.

Saturday his clutch catch and run set the Gators up near the goal line for backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett to make a short throw for the eventual game tying touchdown that kept the gators alive in the game.

"I feel like I keep getting better," Reed said following the game. I have a great coach in Coach (Derek) Lewis and he has helped me a lot over the (last two) years."

Reed said that the Gators spotted the hole in the defense in film sessions during the week and he was able to hit the post pass twice for 30 and 39 yards on the day.

"That was their coverage with the middle of the field wide open," he said. "(The middle linebacker) has a certain zone and it isn't down the middle… you just have to get past the first level. We were prepared for that to be open."

Reed is finally at a point at his new position that he just plays and lets the game come to him. Something that was difficult a year ago as he learned the different nuances of the position.

"I try not to think while I am playing and just do what I am supposed to do," he said. "It was just there and I made a play on it." The Gators even tried some trickery with Reed Saturday. The play was inches from possibly working as Reed took a reverse handoff and rolled to his right finding fellow tight end Clay Burton in the end zone running the same direction. He threw the ball on target, but just a little too wide and out of bounds. The offensive coaches have talked about Reed's ability to throw this year and finally used it.

"That is just a trick play Coach Pease has," Reed said. "It's a reverse and a comeback across. I kind of led him too far to the sideline."

Reed commented on sophomore receiver Quinton Dunbar as well. Dunbar has probably been the most consistent ball catcher of all the receivers this year and caught the game tying pass mentioned above. Reed says that Dunbar is getting noticed and has been working hard.

"Quinton has grown into a great wide receiver," reed said. "He has a lot of potential. He's always been a good player and I think he is just getting better and more comfortable out there at this level."

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