1Verlon Reed Jr.

Ohio State/Findlay University
  • Verlon Reed Jr. was the first starting quarterback in team history against the Nebraska Danger on Feb. 16. He completed 19 of 20 passes for 182 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions (10 carries for 61 yards , one touchdown and one fumble) in the 78-47 loss.

  • Reed started at quarterback against the Colorado Crush on Feb. 26, leading the Screaming Eagles to the first win in team history. He completed 25 of 33 passes for 211 yards and five passing touchdowns, while adding 12 carries for 60 yards on the ground in the 42-41 overtime victory.

  • In the Screaming Eagles' Week 4 loss to the Spokane Empire (41-35), Reed threw for 144 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, giving him nine touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games. He added eight carries for 33 yards on the ground.

  • Reed threw for a career-high 237 yards (22-for-34) in the Week 6 loss to the Empire. He also tied a career high with five passing touchdowns, while adding two carries for 13 yards on the ground.

  • Verlon Reed Jr. completed 16 of 22 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the Screaming Eagles loss to the Colorado Crush in Week 7. He also added eight carries for 41 yards and one score.



Verlon Reed began his college football career at Ohio State. After redshirting his freshman year, he caught nine passes for 132 yards in five games as a starting wide receiver for the Buckeyes in 2011 before a knee injury ended his season prematurely. He was second on the team in the receptions and receiving yards before the injury.

He then transferred to Findlay University, where he made an impact in all areas on offense after sitting out the 2012 season. In 2013, he appeared in all 11 games, making seven starts. He was named honorable mention all-GLIAC while throwing for a team-high 1,791 yards. He completed 128 of 190 passing attempts, with a 67.4 percent completion percentage and 11 touchdowns. He also accumulated 389 rushing yards, averaged 5.8 yards per carry and scored two rushing touchdowns. The triple threat also caught five passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

As a senior, he broke the school record by throwing for 2,712 yards while adding 22 touchdown passes, 634 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He finished the season as a Harlon Hill regional finalist, the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

In 2015 he was invited to rookie minicamp by the Detroit Lions.