By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer
By Mickey Winfield
PNT Staff Writer
Bobby Reed is one of three players from Floyd to make the jump from six-man football to college football at Eastern New Mexico University.
Reed, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior outside linebacker, teamed with senior running back Fide Davalos to lead the Broncos to a six-man state championship in 2000. Freshman tight end Brad Lee is also making the jump.
Although Reed isn’t a starter, Eastern New Mexico linebacker coach Garett Williams said he is a team leader.
“You know, the kid is a hard worker, and a pleasure to coach,” Williams said. “Even though he may not be starting, he comes to the practice field with an extremely positive attitude.
“A lot of the guys look up to him and he just has a great influence on some of our other kids. We love bringing small school kids out here. We have a lot of guys who went both ways in high school, and it’s nice to see them out here. Those are real athletes.”
Coming off a 5-6 season, the Hounds were picked last out of seven teams in a preseason Lone Star Conference South poll.
“I just have to contribute the best way I can to help us reach (our) goal,” Reed said. “You get out here on the field and hope to move your way up, and if the coaches call my number, I’ll do the best I can.”
The former Floyd wide receiver and linebacker said the transition from six-man game to Division II was difficult.
“I think it’s a lot more challenging for (six-man players) because there is terminology and plays I didn’t even know existed.”
However, terminology wasn’t the only challenge.
“The strength and the size of these guys is shocking when you first get out here,” Reed said. “You don’t have to worry about too many other big people playing the six-man schedule.”
But Reed also cites advantages to his prep days at Floyd.
“Absolutely, I think we are more versatile, having to play multiple positions and both sides of the ball. (Six-man players) also come into college ball with good endurance, having played these long 40-minute marathons where you are basically on the field for the whole game.”
Reed and the Greyhounds begin their 2006 season Sept. 7 at Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla.