The Spotlight Athlete of the Week goes out to Tyler Consolidated senior Jace Reed.
Reed is a 6-foot tall, 200-pound running back/linebacker on the Knights’ football team. He also plays basketball, where he has been a two-year letterman and consistent scorer before going down with an injury which caused him to miss several games and most of last season.
Last year, Reed came back to play football where once again injuries to his ACL kept him out of a few games and slowed him down the last half of the year. Jace has worked hard to get healthy and has spent considerable time running and lifting in anticipation of making a difference his senior year.
“After last year’s early injury that kept me out of basketball, I felt I had to take enough time off to heal completely and then push myself to get my body back into playing condition. I feel I am ready to go, the competition is tough, but I want to be a leader and help the Knights get to the playoffs,” he said.
As a running back since his first two years, Reed proved to be a full steam ahead type of runner who could hit the hole and was hard to bring down. With the Knights loaded with good backs, he should add another dimension to an already loaded running game. In the past Reed has shown he can put up big numbers.
“We are glad he’s back and will count on him to make some big plays as well as lift the load from our other backs. We believe this will open up our passing game as well,” Coach Ryan Walton said. “Jace is a hard worker who took it upon his self to be fully committed to rehab and has come back ready to play. He has been going full speed in practice, so we plan on moving him around a little and he will play both ways.”
Walton says Reed is a very coachable guy who helps lift up the younger kids.
“He is just a good all around athlete and were happy to have him,” he said.
As a basketball player, Reed started out last season where he left off the year before as the teams top scorer. He was averaging over 20 points per game with a 34 point output in a win over Valley. Soon after, injuries sidelined him for the remainder of the year.
“I hope to be able to be a contributor in basketball as well this year, ” he said.
Reed is also an intelligent kid who carries a 3.8 GPA and is a consistent honor role student. After high school, Reed plans on attending college.
He said he wants to make his senior year one to remember, so he would like to put his injuries and disappointments behind him and help Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights gain respect around the state. He also wants to thank all of his coaches for their help and support and especially his family members who have been there with him throughout his high school days.
From our point of view here at the Tyler Star News we wish him good health and a banner year.