Honors & Awards
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
Antonio Reed saw the most playing time of his career in 2017 and responded with his best season. He battled injuries to appear in 10 games with a career-high four starts. Reed finished with 24 solo tackles and 42 total tackles, both of which surpassed his career totals entering the year. He also posted his first two career tackles for loss, his first career interception and forced one fumble.
Reed came off the bench in the first two games of the season, recording three tackles against Arkansas State before tying his then-career-high with five tackles at Oregon. Reed also posted his first career TFL in the game and forced a fumble deep in Duck territory that set up a short 17-yard touchdown drive that pulled Nebraska to within seven late in the third quarter. Following an injury to Joshua Kalu, Reed started the next three games. He again had five tackles and one TFL against Northern Illinois before making a then-career-high six tackles at Rutgers. In that game, he also intercepted the first pass of his career and returned it 19 yards to the Scarlet Knight 37-yard line to set up a field goal. Reed recorded six more tackles the next week at Illinois.
After amassing 17 tackles in his streak of three consecutive starts, Reed missed two of the next four games, while playing limited snaps against Wisconsin and Ohio State. He returned to the starting lineup at Minnesota and had a career game, registering 15 tackles, including nine solo stops. Reed’s 15 tackles tied for the most by a Husker defensive back in the last 15 seasons. He then came off the bench for the final two games, ending his season with a pair of tackles against Iowa.
Reed played in each of the final 12 games after missing the opener with a knee injury, and earned his first career start in the Music City Bowl against Tennessee. Reed was one of four safeties to play extensive time, backing up senior Nathan Gerry. He finished the season with 22 tackles, including 14 solo stops, while adding two breakups. In addition to his work at safety, Reed was a valuable special teams player on coverage units.
Reed had two unassisted stops at Oregon, three tackles at Northwestern and a pair of stops in a win over Illinois. Against Purdue, he made two tackles and added a breakup. He also had two tackles against both Ohio State and Maryland and had a breakup against Maryland. Reed made three solo tackles on special teams at Iowa.
Reed earned his first start in the bowl game against Tennessee and had a career-high five tackles, all in the first half, before he left the game because of illness.
Reed played in all 13 games, primarily as a standout on special teams coverage units, while adding depth at safety. Reed had a total of 10 tackles, including nine solo stops. He saw his most extensive work at safety in the bowl game against UCLA, and had four solo tackles and a forced fumble against the Bruins. Reed made five of his tackles on special teams and also forced a fumble on kickoff coverage against Iowa.
Before Nebraska (Southaven HS)
Reed was a standout at Southaven High School in the Memphis area. His play as a senior helped Coach Ed Rich’s team to an 11-3 record and a trip to the semifinals of the Class 6A state playoffs. Reed lined up in a variety of positions, but was primarily a defensive back. He made 19 tackles, including a tackle for loss and added an interception. He also had a touchdown reception as a receiver for the Chargers.
Reed was also a standout defender for Southaven in 2013, helping his team to a 6-6 record.
Reed was listed among the top 40 players in Mississippi by 247 Sports and was ranked as one of the nation’s top 100 safety prospects. Reed also visited Memphis and drew strong recruiting interest from Southern Miss before picking Nebraska.
Reed was born on Aug. 9, 1997, and is the son of Brandi Ewing. He is majoring in criminology and criminal justice. Reed has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, Uplifting Athletes, the People’s City Mission and local hospital visits. He was a member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2017.