#82 WR Jordan Reed
Sophomore, 5'10", 170 lbs.
2015 Stats: Reed played in eight games, getting his most extensive playing time in mopup duty during USF's lopsided wins down the stretch. He caught four passes for 18 yards, including that unusual 1-yard screen TD pass in the Bulls' 65-27 whipping of Cincinnati.
Position on Depth Chart: Jordan is the third slot receiver and third punt returner on the post-spring depth chart.
How He Came To USF: Reed played at Plant High School in Tampa, where he was used in a variety of ways and made a habit out of turning small plays into big ones. He caught 83 passes for 955 yards and 10 TDs, carried 34 times for 223 yards and two scores, and returned 29 punts for 513 yards, including a 96-yard TD. He even threw a 77-yard touchdown pass in his senior year against Lowndes (GA).
Here is Jordan's Plant highlight reel:
Recruiting Rankings: Reed got three stars from 247, Rivals, and Scout. ESPN did not evaluate him for some reason.
Projected Playing Time: It turned out USF wasn't lacking for wide receiver talent at all, so for Reed to get on the field as a true freshman was an accomplishment. Jordan did start getting more meaningful reps later in the season, but he does have Rodney Adams and Chris Barr (who started 12 games as a true freshman last year) ahead of him. It will probably take injuries or Reed coming on like gangbusters in fall for him to get regular playing time this year.
Fun Fact: Reed was born August 16, 1997, just three weeks before the first game in USF football history. With this year's crop of incoming freshmen born in either 1997 or 1998, this is almost certainly going to be the year when USF puts its first football player on the field who hadn't been born yet when the first game was played. We'll watch closely this fall to see who gets to be the answer to this trivia question.