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REED, Brandon David
REED, Brandon David (Dubuque, IA, Mar. 22, 1987--). For his freshman year of high school, Reed attended St. Paul Catholic High School and lettered in football and basketball. He left St. Paul the following year to attend New Britain High School. Reed followed his head coach Jack Cochran to New London High School, where he was First Team All-Conference and All-State.
He went on to attend Pasadena City College, where he averaged 166.1 yards per game receiving and broke every single-game and career reception record, while setting a national junior college reception record with 111 catches (1,661 yards, 13 TDs) in 10 games in 2007. He was named First Team All-Conference and First Team Junior College Gridwire All-American.
Regarded as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Reed was recruited by Utah, Iowa, and Kansas State.
In his first season at Utah, Reed earned All-MWC honorable mention as kick-returner. He played in all 13 games, on special teams and as wide receiver, recording 25 catches for 427 yards (17.1 yards per reception led Utah) and six touchdown catches (ranked second on the team). Reed helped the 2008 Utes to a 13–0 season and a 31–17 win over Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, in which he averaged 29.0 yards on two receptions, including a 28-yard touchdown grab that gave Utah a 28-17 lead.
As a senior, Reed set school records for both receptions (81) and receiving yards (1,188) in a season. He led the MWC and ranked 15th in the nation in receiving yards per game (91.4). He also led the MWC in receptions with 81 and was the only 1,000-yard receiver in the conference (1,188).
Reed was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. During the 14th week of play in the 2010 NFL season, Reed was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. The honor came as a result of his play in a 34-28 win over the Houston Texans. Reed tallied 233 kickoff return yards including one kickoff return that he ran in for a touchdown to set a franchise record.