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Michigan State football WR Jayden Reed returning for 2022

Jayden Reed will be with Payton Thorne for another year.

Michigan State Football’s top wide receiver announced Tuesday that it plans to return for its senior season the day after teammate Jalen Nailor signed up for the NFL draft.

“I’ve dreamed of playing in the NFL since I was a kid and I’ve got one step closer to my goal,” Reed wrote in a statement. “After long conversations with God, family, coaches, and friends, I made a final decision to return to the state of Michigan and use my final year of eligibility. We have to take care of unfinished business. “

The 6-foot, 185-pound reed led the Spartans with 1,026 yards, 59 catches, and 10 touchdowns. He became the program’s first 1,000 yard recipient since Aaron Burbridge in 2015, only the 10th pass catcher to dwarf that total number of all time in school history, and finished ninth with most receiving yards. Reed, who moved to MSU from Western Michigan in 2019 and skipped that season, also returned two punts for touchdowns and mated with Nailor on kickoff returns.

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Reed had six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns and was named the offensive MVP in No. 10 MSU’s 31-21 win over No. 12 Pitt at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Thursday. The Spartans finished coach Mel Tucker’s second season with an 11-2 record and won the school’s second New Year’s Six Bowl game since the college football playoff format began in 2014.

“It’s a blessing. Who would have thought that I would be in this position today? ”Said Reed after the game. “I give all the glory to God, my family, who supported everything. And I’ve trusted all of the decisions I’ve made up to this point. “

Reed was a middle school and high school teammate at Thorne in Illinois, first playing together in Metea Valley and then moving to Naperville Central. He was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America at WMU in 2018 before joining the Spartans.

Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed, left, celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Payton Thorne in the second half of the 31-21 victory against Pittsburgh at the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

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They should be in Kalamazoo together before trainer Mark Dantonio lured Thorne to MSU as part of his 2019 recruiting course. Reed followed as a transfer a few months later. Neither of them played a single snap for Dantonio, but they have evolved under Tucker, especially this season, and proved to be a dangerous duo in critical situations.

“We had a chip on our shoulder from winter conditioning. Everyone worked their way out, “Reed said of the Spartans in 2021.” From that point on, I knew we’d have a really good team because everyone was bought into the coaches that coach Tuck brought with them.

“I felt the family in the team more, you know what I’m saying? I saw them more like family. I was closer to teammates than ever before on a team. From that point of view, I knew this team would be really good. “

Reed’s return gives Thorne two of his three starting recipients the next season, along with Tre Mosley’s sophomore.

The Spartans are also expected to return top reserves Montorie Foster, Terry Lockett Jr., Keon Coleman and Christian Fitzpatrick, among others, and have a strong class of incoming receivers, led by four-star prospect Antonio Gates Jr. by Dearborn Fordson.

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