Arizona football: DE Reed taking new stance

2011-01-29T00:00:00Z 2014-09-15T09:43:32Z Arizona football: DE Reed taking new stanceRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 29, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Brooks Reed is in a strange position, in part because he has two of them.

The Arizona Wildcats' senior made a name for himself as a pass-rushing defensive end. But with the NFL draft fast approaching, Reed is considering a switch to linebacker.

It worked for another former UA star, Tedy Bruschi.

"That's what I've been communicating to the teams that I've been talking to," he said. "I'm pretty sure that's what the majority of teams want me to do anyway."

Reed will start at end for the South in today's Senior Bowl, shown live on NFL Network. However, to satisfy scouts, he plans to occasionally rush from a standing position instead of a three-point stance.

The switch could be permanent.

At 6 feet 3 inches and 262 pounds, Reed's the ideal size to play outside linebacker in 3-4 defensive sets. NFL teams have asked his UA teammate, Ricky Elmore, to consider a similar change.

"Body-wise, I'm there. I fit the prototype for outside linebacker," Reed said. "You've got to be able to pass-rush and drop (into coverage). I'm not going to be able to carry Randy Moss up the seam, but I'm going to be able to handle flat-routes and curls."

Reed has received glowing reviews at both positions. Monday, he dominated Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod in "pit drills" - one-on-one, full-pads showdowns designed to showcase players for scouts. Tuesday provided fewer highlights, but just as many compliments on his "motor" and moves.

"I think it's been a positive experience," Reed said with a chuckle. "I'm hard on myself; I thought I could have done better. From what I heard from other people and my agent, though, I think I did OK."

Reed said he expects to be drafted between the second and fifth rounds, depending on how he fares at next month's NFL combine and during the UA's pro timing day in March.

Junior college defensive end commits to Cats

UA coaches may have found Reed's replacement in Lamar De Rego, a Hawaii native who didn't play his first snap of football until his senior year of high school.

The San Jose (Calif.) City College defender verbally committed this week, giving the Wildcats a much-needed contributor at defensive end. The 6-foot-3-inch, 252-pound De Rego verbally committed to Oregon State in December but changed his mind after UA assistant Jeff Hammerschmidt invited him to Tucson for an official visit.

De Rego, 19, said he felt at home at the UA. He grew up in Hawaii following Joe Salave'a, a former NFL standout who has hired as the Wildcats' defensive tackles coach in December.

New assistants Robert Anae and Duane Akina "are legends in Hawaii," De Rego said.

"Football's going to be football, but being comfortable where you're at is another aspect," he said. "When I first came to San Jose, Joe Salave'a was the first guy to recruit me to San Jose State, but then Coach (Dick) Tomey retired, and Coach Salave'a left. It's kinda funny how things come full circle."

De Rego is on track to receive his associates' degree in May, and will enroll at the UA in early June.

De Rego, a converted basketball player, will take Travis Feeney's spot in the 2011 recruiting class. Feeney, a cornerback, switched his commitment to Washington on Thursday.

Signing day party

The UA will hold its signing day reception at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday inside the Stadium Club. Tickets are $5 for season ticket-holders and donors, and $15 for the general public.

Under Armour Senior Bowl

• What: North vs. South

• When: 2 p.m. today

• TV: NFL Network

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
USC 6 2 0 0.750 7 3 0 0.700
UCLA 5 2 0 0.714 8 2 0 0.800
ASU 5 2 0 0.714 8 2 0 0.800
Arizona 5 2 0 0.714 8 2 0 0.800
Utah 4 3 0 0.571 7 3 0 0.700
Colorado 0 7 0 0.000 2 8 0 0.200

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 6 1 0 0.857 9 1 0 0.900
Stanford 3 4 0 0.429 5 5 0 0.500
Cal 3 5 0 0.375 5 5 0 0.500
Washington State 2 5 0 0.286 3 7 0 0.300
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
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