Former Griffin, Reid makes All-Pac-12 football team

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Justin Reid was second on the team with 97 tackles and led Stanford with five interceptions. Photo by John Todd.

The accolades and achievements continued to pile up for former Dutchtown Griffin, Justin Reid last week as he was named to the All-Pac-12 Conference football team.

Success is no stranger to Reid or his family.

His father was an accomplished track star at LSU, and his older brother, Eric was an All-American safety for the Tigers.

He went on to get selected 18th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Eric has been starting for the 49ers ever since.

Justin followed a very similar path.

He was also an all-district safety at Dutchtown and donned the No. 1 jersey. Like Eric, he was also heavily-recruited with two of his best options being LSU and Stanford.

However, Justin decided to blaze his own path and head out west to Stanford, rather than make the short trip to Baton Rouge.

His decision has paid off for he and the Cardinal.

Reid saw significant action his freshman season at Stanford and even came up with an interception.

During his sophomore campaign, he worked his way into the starting lineup and cashed in a terrific season. At the end of the year, he was named honorable mention All-Pac-12.

Heading into 2017, he was named Preseason First-Team All-Pac-12 by Athlon, and he was also named to the Badnarik Award Watch List. The Badnarik Award goes to the best defensive player in college football.

Reid didn't disappoint.

During his junior season, he finished with 97 total tackles--which was second on the team. Fifty-one of those tackles were solo, and 5.5 were for losses.

In coverage, Reid had four pass breakups and five picks. At one point during the season, he led the nation in interceptions.

This output was good enough to land him on the All-Pac-12 first team.

He was one of only five Cardinal players to earn that distinction. The other four were running back Bryce Love (Heisman finalist), tight end Dalton Schultz, offensive guard Nate Herbig and offensive tackle Harrison Phillips.

During the season, Reid was also named a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist. This award goes to the best defensive back in the country. He joined Landon Collins as the only Dutchtown players to ever become semifinalists for this award.

Though, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick ended up winning it.

Reid also won big at Stanford's team awards banquet. There, he earned two honors.

First, he won the Frank Rhem Award--which is given to the most valuable back and lineman in The Big Game (Stanford's annual clash with archrival California). Cameron Scarlett and Joey Alfieri also shared the award.

Reid also won the Gundelach Award, along with Love. This goes to the team's best third-year player.

Reid and the Cardinal finished the regular season 9-4 and won the Pac-12 North division. They are set to play 10-3 TCU in San Antonio, Texas, for the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28. TCU finished as runner-up in the Big 12 this season.