NCCU QB Jordan Reid made mark in 2012 loss at Duke

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 08:44 PM

The 2012 Bull City Gridiron Classic was Jordan Reid’s coming-out party.

Reid was N.C. Central’s backup quarterback a year ago when the Eagles entered Wallace Wade Stadium looking to steal one from Duke.

The Eagles got smoked 54-17, but Reid left as NCCU’s starting quarterback.

“Last year, I did come in as the backup, but I prepared as if I was the starter, so when I was thrown in the fire, I was prepared,” Reid said.

NCCU again is expected to feel the heat from a bigger, stronger Duke squad at Wallace Wade on Saturday (4 p.m., ESPN3).

Reid is even more firmly established as the Eagles’ leading man, and his teammates are ready to fly with him.

“As Jordan goes, we go,” NCCU senior linebacker Tazmon Foster said.

“It’s always a great thing when you have a fifth-year senior quarterback who put up the type of numbers that he did last season,” NCCU interim head coach Dwayne Foster said.

Against Duke, Reid threw for what was a career-high 218 yards on 17 of 26 passing.

NCCU quarterback Matt Goggans started the first three games last season.

Reid started the final eight, breaking NCCU’s single-season passing record by completing 62.3 percent of his throws. He passed for 1,594 yards.

Against Morgan State, Reid topped what he did versus Duke, passing for 266 yards and tossing the game-winning touchdown.

Delaware State coach Kermit Blount recruited Reid to Winston-Salem State when he coached there. Blount said Reid, from High Point, was a smart kid with a big arm and legs like motors.

Reid’s NCCU roommate, Charles Goodwin, works on the Eagles’ offensive line protecting the quarterback’s blind side. The two have been teammates since middle school, neighborhood buddies who even roomed together at WSSU.

Goodwin said he has watched Reid mature under center. Reid is more confident these days, not dwelling on his mistakes, Goodwin said.

Reid’s comfort level with the offense should allow him to play faster this season, the familiarity ideally allowing him to react and use his athleticism instead of methodically and mechanically thinking through what he’s supposed to do.

A thigh injury last season took away some of Reid’s mobility and slowed him down, but he’s ready to roll against the bigger Blue Devils.

“Definitely no fear,” Reid said. “We’re going to treat them like any other opponent. They put their pants on the same way that we do.”

Goodwin said, “Anybody can be beaten, and we’re training to win.”

NCCU plays Division I Football Championship Subdivision ball in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, while Duke competes on a higher level in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a Football Bowl Subdivision league.

Reid said all he knows is that both squads simply play football.

“When we’re between the white lines … (it’s) just Duke versus North Carolina Central University,” Reid said. “There is no fear in our hearts.”