Former Minnesota State All-America offensive lineman Chris Reed will start the 2016 National Football League season as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Reed, who played for football and was a member of the Minnesota State track & field teams from 2011-15, signed as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville in the summer of 2015 and spent the 2015 season on the Jaguars’ practice squad.
During his four seasons at MSU, the school’s offensive line blocked for four of the six highest scoring teams in program history, including the 2014 season in which the Mavericks scored a single-season record 600 points. The 2014 season also saw the Mavericks advance to the NCAA Division II national championship game and establish single-season records for rushing yards (3,625), rushing attempts (699), total offense (6,704) and all-purpose yards (8,103).
For his efforts during his senior season, the Omaha, Neb., native garnered NSIC South Division All-Conference First Team honors, along with D2Football.com First Team All-American honors. Reed was also one of two Mavericks to receive the Minnesota State Male Athletics Medal of Honor, which is awarded to the school’s top senior male athlete. Along with his accolades on the gridiron, Reed was a two-time NCAA champion in the outdoor shot put and an 11-time All-American for the men’s track and field team. He holds Minnesota State’s indoor and outdoor records in the shot put, along with the indoor record in the weight throw and the outdoor record in the hammer throw.
Reed joins Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen as former Mavericks currently playing in the NFL.
(Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics)