Honors & Awards
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Recorded a career-high six tackles and intercepted the first pass of his career in the game against Rutgers
» Tied his career-high with six tackles at Illinois
Antonio Reed is a key member of a secondary group that has the talent and depth to be a strength for the 2017 Huskers. The 6-2, 210-pound Reed has been a key reserve at safety the past two seasons, while also playing a role on special teams. He heads into his junior season as a leading contender for significant playing time at safety.
Reed has added nearly 20 pounds of muscle to his frame since arriving in Lincoln and brings a hard-hitting, tough-minded attitude to the safety position. Reed is one of three returning safeties with significant playing experience, joining senior Kieron Williams and fellow junior Aaron Williams, while senior Joshua Kalu shifted to safety in the spring after starting at corner for two seasons.
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.