Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scout Team Defensive MVP (2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2018)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
Junior Reid Karel will enter the 2018 season as a contender for playing time at safety in the Huskers’ new defensive system. The 6-3, 205-pound Karel has been a valuable reserve the past two seasons, and last season saw action in every game on special teams. In addition to pushing for time at safety, the Seward High graduate is likely to again be a key special teams performer.
Karel made a strong impression in the Husker program immediately, earning Scout Team Defensive MVP honors during his redshirt season in 2015.
Karel saw action in all 12 games as a sophomore. He played exclusively on special teams and was a key member of several units, although he did not record a tackle on the season. In addition to his special teams role, Karel also added depth in the Husker secondary.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Karel provided depth at safety for the Huskers. He appeared in his first game in the Music City Bowl against Tennessee, seeing action on special teams.
Karel was part of the 105-man fall camp roster and added depth in the secondary. He was the Scout Team Defensive MVP for his work in practice.
Before Nebraska (Seward HS)
Karel joined Nebraska’s walk-on class after excelling at quarterback for Seward High School. Karel threw for nearly 2,000 yards with 14 touchdown passes during his senior season. He also rushed for 270 yards and six touchdowns. Karel led Coach Jamie Opfer’s team to an 8-3 record before the Bluejays lost in the Class B state quarterfinals.
Karel was an honorable-mention all-state pick by both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. Karel was also a member of the Bluejays’ basketball and baseball teams over his final three seasons. As a senior in baseball, Karel produced a .484 on-base percentage and scored 16 runs.
Reid was born on July 7, 1997, and he is the son of Michael and Lisa Karel. He is majoring in management and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll both semesters of his sophomore season. He was named to the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Kids Against Hunger and local hospital visits.