Arizona senior Brooks Reed: ‘I’ve had the time of my life’by Anthony Gimino on Dec. 30, 2010, under Sports
Arizona Wildcats coach Mike Stoops, for whatever reason, did not do his usual postgame radio interview with 1290-AM, but senior defensive end Brooks Reed stepped in following the Alamo Bowl.
Reed, a Sabino High graduate, has been a three-year starter at defensive end. Known for his energy and hustle, he is small for defensive end standards in the NFL, and likely will have to start making the transition to an outside linebacker role in a 3-4 scheme as he prepares for the draft.
Reed, one of the team captains, spent a few minutes talking with Dana Cooper after the 36-10 loss to Oklahoma State:
“Definitely not the way we wanted to finish out, losing those last five games. It’s sad to see all the seniors leave on that note, but besides that, I’ve had the time of my life. It’s something I will never forget. I’ve made so many friends and met so many people through this program. It’s been such a positive experience in my life.”
On what he and the rest of the seniors take away after helping to build the program:
“My class, we all took a risk in coming here. We all had offers but we believed we could turn this program around. And, you know, in a big way we kind of did. You know, three straight bowl games is something to be proud of. Even though a couple of them weren’t Ws, the fact that we still got there and fought throughout the season still counts for something. Next year, I know Stoops will find a defense even though we have a lot of guys leaving up front. He’ll find a way.”
On the tough closing stretch of the season:
“At the beginning of the season, our goal was to go to the Rose Bowl. No excuses. We knew we had a tough stretch at the end of the season. We knew we had to be healthy and we had to be at the top of our game to get through it. And we didn’t. … We gave it our all. Maybe we weren’t a Rose Bowl team, but we got to a pretty good bowl game.”
On what it meant to be a Wildcat:
“All the friends I made and all the great coaches in this program … just getting me on the map, it’s been an awesome experience and something I will never forget.”
On his pro future:
“I’ll starting training here soon and we’ll see how it goes and see how I perform between now and the draft.”