Reed Secures Multiple Player of Week Honors
Nov. 25, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Freshman quarterback Drew Reed has garnered Patriot League Football Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week honors after leading Lafayette to the Patriot League title and an FCS Playoff berth with a 50-28 victory at rival Lehigh on Saturday. Reed also secured Sports Network Co-Freshmen of the Week laurels and he was named a finalist for the organization's Jerry Rice Award given to the top FCS freshman in the country.
Reed completed 20-of-27 passes for a career-high 378 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. After throwing touchdowns that put the Leopards up 14-0 and 21-7 in the first half, he tossed a 68-yard score to Demetrius Dixon midway through the third quarter to give Lafayette a 43-28 lead and help put away the game. Reed was named MVP of the 149th meeting of College Football's Most-Played Rivalry, the first time since 1996 that a freshman has won the honor and just the third time a Lafayette freshman has claimed the distinction. It was the first 300-yard passing day for a Lafayette quarterback since 2010.
He has helped push the Leopards into the FCS playoffs by going 4-1 as the starter, all against Patriot League competition, while completing 74 percent of his passes for 1,681 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Reed is named Offensive Player of the Week for the second time and Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, doubling up for the second time after also doing so on Oct. 28. That naming followed the Holy Cross game when he completed 21-of-22 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Leopards to a 41-23 win. He completed his final 20 passes, tying the Patriot League record for consecutive completions in a game. His passing efficiency rating of 278.5 is the fourth-best single-game mark in the FCS this season.
Lafayette opens the FCS Playoffs at noon on Saturday at New Hampshire.