Reid makes preseason watch list for prestigious award

Kyle Riviere
Justin Reid will become a second-year starter for Stanford at strong safety this season. Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez.

The day former Dutchtown star Justin Reid signed with Stanford, he said that he wanted to make a name for himself. He said that he wasn’t “going to be Eric Reid’s little brother forever.”

That passion and drive to blaze his own path in California has paid off so far for the former Griffin.

As Reid enters his junior season at Stanford, he has been named to the 23rd Chuck Badnarik Award Watch List.

The Badnarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive player of the Year since 1995.

The award is named after the great Chuck Badnarik. Badnarik had one of the most accomplished college careers of all time at the University of Pennsylvania, before going on to a Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have retired his No. 60.

Reid hopes to one day become a standout in the NFL. With the way his young career has gone so far, he appears to be well on his way.

He is the son of Eric Reid, Sr., a three-time All-American track star at LSU during the ‘80s. In his time in Baton Rouge, he was a 110-meter hurdles champion.

His other brother, Eric Reid, Jr. was a two-time All-American for the LSU football team and went on to be drafted 18th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 NFL Draft.

He has been the starting free safety for the 49ers ever since his first game. During his first year, he made the Pro Bowl.

Now, Justin hopes to follow in his footsteps.

Just like his older brother, Justin was a highly-touted recruit coming out of Dutchtown. During his senior year, he was first-team All-District 5-5A and All-State.

He narrowed his college choices down to LSU, Notre Dame and Stanford, ultimately deciding to play for the Cardinal in Palo Alto, a short drive from his brother in Santa Clara.

Like his brother, Justin saw significant action as a freshman. The more the year progressed, the more snaps he saw. He finished the season with 23 tackles and an interception.

He officially became a full-time starter in the Cardinal’s defensive backfield at the start of his sophomore year.

In helping lead Stanford to a 10-3 record and victory over North Carolina in the Sun Bowl, Reid piled up 55 tackles (36 solo) and seven passes defensed.

For his efforts, he was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection.

Reid has also excelled in the classroom. While at Dutchtown, he made a 30 on his ACT, leading to him being recruited by multiple Ivy League schools.

Last season, he made Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.

Reid continued to show promise throughout the spring. In the Cardinal’s spring game, he led the team in tackles with seven.

Now, as he prepares to start for Stanford in his junior season, he joins teammate Harrison Phillips (defensive tackle) on the Badnarik Award Watch List.

Reid has also been named Preseason First-Team All-Pac-12 by Athlon. The only other Stanford player to do that was cornerback Quenton Meeks.

Semifinalists for the Badnarik Award will be announced on Oct. 30, and the three finalists will be unveiled on Nov. 20. The winner of the award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 7.