Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scout Team Defensive MVP (2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
Sophomore Reid Karel enters the 2017 season with hopes of earning playing time in the Husker secondary, as well as on special teams. Karel joined the Nebraska program as a walk-on from Seward High School, where he played quarterback.
The 6-3, 205-pound Karel has made steady progress throughout his time with the Huskers and worked primarily at safety in the spring. He was the Scout Team Defensive MVP in 2015.
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. He was named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in both 2016 and 2017. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, the Souper Bowl of Caring and local hospital visits.