NCCU QB Reid appreciates Cutcliffe's praise
Jordan Reid’s N.C. Central teammates and coaches swear by him, but the seal of approval he received over the weekend is the sort of stamp that can add some pop to a college quarterback’s résumé.
Reid did not put up gaudy numbers in NCCU’s 45-point loss to Duke in Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday, completing 11 of 22 passes for 87 yards in the shutout. But Duke coach David Cutcliffe said afterwards that Reid can play, and that’s coming from a coach who knows a little something about quarterbacks.
Cutcliffe coached both Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning as collegians.
Former Duke quarterback Thad Lewis recently was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad, and Sean Renfree, who used to be Lewis’ backup in Cutcliffe’s system, is on injured reserve with the Atlanta Falcons.
In other words, Cutcliffe has an eye for spotting talent in quarterbacks, and he sees one in NCCU’s starting signal caller.
Reid, a redshirt senior from High Point, accepted the endorsement.
“It’s definitely a huge compliment because he’s such a great coach and the fact that he coached guys like Peyton and Eli Manning,” Reid said. “So just hearing those compliments come from Coach Cutcliffe is definitely an honor.”
During last year’s NCCU-Duke game, Cutcliffe watched then-backup Reid come off the bench and throw for 218 yards.
On Saturday, NCCU left tackle Charles Goodwin was on the offensive line protecting Reid’s blind side, sometimes running interference on Duke sack man Kenny Anunike, the Blue Devils’ talented defensive end.
Reid was sacked twice, and Anunike got past an NCCU offensive lineman to get in on one of them.
Goodwin and Reid are childhood friends and college roommates.