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Nick Reid delivers message to team

If anybody knows where Kansas sits as a program and what it takes to take it to the next step it is former linebacker Nick Reid.
Reid was recruited by several Big 12 programs out of Derby High School, before signing with the Jayhawks. Most projected Reid to be a quarterback but he moved to defense. He remembers those early days playing for Mark Mangino trying to turn the program around.
"It was tough," Reid said. "Coming out of high school I lost three games in my career and then getting here and going 2-10 in the first season, losing 64-0 at home to Kansas State that was rough. It was very, very difficult. The biggest thing though was we never gave up. Even when we were getting beat we knew we were making progress and making strides."
That was Reid's message to the Kansas football team Friday before practice. He was asked to speak to the team about being part of a group that helped turn the program around.
"I told them keep working this is a lot like when I got here," he said. "I told them that you can be that team everybody talks about that rebuilt KU football and got them going in the right direction."
Reid's move to defense paid off. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and is the second leading tackler in the KU history.
He was glad to be back in Lawrence talking football with the team who is going through their second practice in fall camp.
"You don't realize how much you miss it when you're gone and then you get back up here around everybody and there is excitement in the program with a new coaching staff," Reid said. "I would love to be up here all the time. This is the first head coach since I left that has got in contact with me and wanted me to come up and be a part of it. As soon as I could fit it into my schedule and have it work for them we made it happen."
He remembers the work it took to help get the Kansas program going back in the right direction. His senior season ended with a win over Houston in the Fort Worth Bowl and set the tone for future success with other players.
"It's not always easy for people on the outside," Reid said. "It is the people on the inside doing the work in the trenches every day at the practices sweating and bleeding."
Reid is currently the defensive coordinator at Joplin High School and teaches Special Education.