2018 Mountain West Football 50 Best Players: #10, Nevada LB Malik Reed
The Wolf Pack’s star defender is a linebacker now but still cracks the top 10 in our list of Mountain West football’s best players.
New position, new challenges, same old threat to quarterbacks.
Finally, the countdown of the conference’s best players has reached the top ten! We begin with a defender who’s making a position switch coming into the 2018, Nevada Wolf Pack linebacker Malik Reed, and has long been a disruptive force.
Before moving to linebacker, however, Reed, a longtime defensive end, needed to acclimate to a new role in coordinator Jeff Casteel’s 3-3-5 defense. And acclimate he did, setting career bests with ten tackles for loss, eight sacks and four forced fumbles while earning first-team all-Mountain West honors for the first time.
Now heading into his senior year, Reed may no longer have his hand in the turf on every play, but there’s a very good chance he finds new ways to terrorize quarterbacks across the conference.