Reed impressive in SJSU debut

It looks like Kyle Bonagura needs to update his blurb about Kyle Reed in his post from earlier today. I was just down at San Jose State’s season opener against UC Davis and boy, was Reed impressive. He took the ball in the second half with the Spartans trailing the Aggies 10-0 and on his first drive he led SJSU to its first TD of the game. Then, in what might be SJSU’s defining moment of the season (I’ll explain more later) he led a perfectly scripted drive in the final minute and a half and threw a 17-yard TD on fourth down with 8 seconds left to Kevin Jurovich to give the Spartans a 13-10 win.

Reed started this game as the third-stringer and was only supposed to play one series. After that performance, he’s already been named by coach Dick Tomey (who I personally know after two years of covering the Spartans absolutely hates to give info on who will start) as the starter next week when SJSU heads to Lincoln to face Nebraska. How do you like that for your first college start? Actually, I doubt he’ll mind. For those that don’t remember, Reed was the highly recruited quarterback from McClymonds who signed on to play for Cal. After he lost the battle last year to Kevin Riley for the No. 2 job at Cal behind Nate Longshore, Reed left the Golden Bears and came to SJSU to have a shot to fight for the starting job. Although a broken foot by Reed and stellar play during camp by Myles Eden kept him lower on the depth chart to start the year, that doesn’t appear to be the case now.

Speaking of Riley and Longshore, how ironic is it for Longshore that his two backups during last year’s offseason both earned victories today while Longshore threw two interceptions out of his five passes. Maybe Nate was the third-best QB on the team entering last season. Anyways, SJSU may have just found a new quarterback that could lead them to another bowl berth and for him to be a Bay Area product could be invaluable for their recruiting future. At the least, it was a great game to see today. By the way, I ran into Alonzo Carter after the game (Reed’s coach at Mack) and he seemed to rather enjoy watching his former QB finally shine under the lights.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.