Bert Reed has been known to be the life of the party at Florida State. He's always been one to talk and his fun loving attitude has made him a fan favorite, but with the team's high expectations he plans to let his play do the talking.
"People are counting on me. It really means something when your brothers are counting on you, because these are my brothers." Reed said. "I don't want to let them down. That's the worst fear I have is letting them down."
He's a year older. More mature as a person and a player, and the 'Noles are looking for a breakout season from Reed. Senior Quarterback Christian Ponder said, "He's changed alot in the several years he's been here. Probably become the most consistent receiver out there. He's become a vocal leader, he's always been vocal but now he's taken a leadership role. He's really taken things in control off the field as well. He's gotten things under control in the classroom, which transitions onto the field, so he's definitely matured alot."
Reed's next step is to improve his play-making. Last year he was the second leading receiver on the team with 60 catches for 710 yards, solid numbers, but one stat that stands out is the absence of touchdowns. He didn't have one receiving td, after catching three last year.
"Sometimes last year I caught the ball I made a big play so I was happy you know what I mean." Reed said. "Right now it's going to take more than that. If I do get tackled on the five or six I have to look at myself and see what I did wrong, because every year, like you said, you have to grow. You grow, you get better. You grow as a person and you grow as a football player."
If Reed continues to grow as a football player the same way he's grown as a young man he should be a key factor in to FSU's success in 2010.
Reed and the Seminoles will open the season on September 4th at home against Samford.