April 7, 2007

Transition to college not easy for Reed

Everything seemed to go Nate Reed's way when he was a senior at Wadsworth High School. He was a standout kicker, running back and defensive back for the Grizzlies and a four-year letter winner in both wrestling and track. He eventually earned a scholarship from Kent State to join the Golden Flashes as a kicker.

His success carried over to Kent State where his powerful leg quickly earned him a spot as the starting kickoff specialist and after Reid Macko struggled to convert field goal attempts-he was 1 of 6 on the year--Reed was given his shot to earn that role, too.

Unfortunately, the transition from kicking off a tee in high school to the 2-inch block in college proved to be a challenge.

"The fall was a real eye-opening experience for me," said Reed, who made good on just 1 of 4 field goal opportunities in 2006. "I didn't realize how much of a transition it is going from high school to college, as far as the (kicking) block; the block is huge. You can make so many mistakes using that block. When you go to the ground every mistake is magnified; one little thing you do wrong it's wide right or wide left."

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