NSU’s Ryan Reed is a finalist for Academic All-America

Ryan Reed by Gary Hardamon

Northwestern State junior safety Ryan Reed has been voted as a repeat selection on the Academic All-District 6 Football Team and is now a finalist for Academic All-America honors to be announced early next month.

The Academic All-America program is operated by the College Sports Information Directors of America. District 6 includes all Division I schools (FBS and FCS) from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. District 6 covers nine states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Also from the Southland Conference on the District 6 team was Nicholls running back Dontrell Taylor and Southeastern Louisiana linebacker Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund. Ryan, Taylor and Adeyemi-Berglund were the only in-state players selected to advance to the Academic All-America ballot.

The Southland had seven student-athletes voted to the All-District 7 Team that includes Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Kansas and Montana: receiver Josh Fink and offensive lineman Kade Parmelly of Abilene Christian, defensive lineman Andre Walker from Houston Baptist, and defensive backs Adrian Contreras of Sam Houston State and Gavin Roland of Stephen F. Austin.

Reed, who has a 3.52 cumulative grade point average in industrial engineering technology, was the Demons’ third-leading tackler with 81 (38 solo). He was 12th-ranked in tackles among all Southland defenders.

The St. Francisville-West Feliciana product made two interceptions, two pass breakups, and 1.5 tackles for loss this season. Reed contributed to NSU’s Purple Swarm defense ranking third nationally in turnovers forced (26).

He helped the Demons (5-6 overall, 4-5 in the Southland) win three of their last four games, including a 37-34 double-overtime upset of 18th-ranked McNeese and a season-ending 35-23 win at rival Stephen F. Austin. NSU finished just three points shy of its first winning season since 2008.

After 18 career starts, Reed will return to play his senior season in 2019 with 190 career tackles.