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.

  • bearbacker71

    It kind of looks like everything worked out for the best. Riley did great today and probably should have played more last season. Now Reed is getting an
    opportunity to show his talent. I hope he does great at San Jose State.


    That’s impressive against a national power such as Davis. Reed is a great player and should be the starter, but come on, I would get all gushy over rallying to beat the UC`Davis Vets.

  • Kyle Bonagura

    Don’t tell that to Stanford.

  • EBAL FAN, I agree, you can’t get too excited about lighting up Davis. But the point is more that in his first game action since the Silver Bowl in 2004, he provided easily the best QB play of the day and looked quite a bit like what he was expected to be coming out of Mack. Now he should have two years of starting for the Spartans to really prove how good he can be. But I would caution anybody against judging him too much on what he does next week against Nebraska. That’s just too big a mismatch, but who knows.

  • Michael Bower

    Coleman is a go! Nebraska 72, SJSU 0.


    Kyle — hahahaha, does Stanford have football any more??

    Jimmy — bestg QB of the day between SJSU and Davis — is that like being he tallest midget in the circus.. I am thinking Kent Elola would battle for the starting job at Davis!!

  • Kyle Bonagura

    Dear EBAL Fan,

    I came into the NFL trying to replace a pro bowl QB from San Jose State and just got beat out by a U.C. Davis QB. Does that mean I’m the shortest midget in the circus?


    Alex Smith

  • Kyle Bonagura

    Go Drake!

  • E_Culb

    Mack is proud of you Kyle!