No. 9 Eric Reid

Published: Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 3:56 p.m. counts down the Top 25 players in the Southeastern Conference.


LSU junior safety

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 208 lbs.

Why he's No. 9: This big-time hitter appears to be the total package for a safety. He has great size and speed, is an intimidating presence in the secondary, and has a knack for making plays. The second-team All-SEC selection made one of the biggest defensive plays in college football last season — his remarkable interception of an A.J. McCarron pass on the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter that helped LSU upset Alabama in Tuscaloosa during their crucial regular-season game.

College career: Reid tied for the team lead in tackles last season with 76. In his two seasons, he's recorded 108 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions, while recovering a fumble and forcing one. He had a game-high 11 tackles in the Tigers' loss to Alabama in the national title game last season.

Fun fact: Reid appears to get his speed and athletic ability from his father Eric Sr., who was a three-time All-American hurdler for LSU from 1984-87 and is a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the NCAA champion in the 110-meter hurdles his senior season.

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