Less than a week after winning the Cactus Bowl, Kansas State learned it will lose two standout juniors who helped lead the Wildcats to the postseason. K-State’s D.J. Reed, an All-Big 12 cornerback and return specialist, and wide receiver Byron Pringle announced separately that they plan to enter this year’s NFL Draft. Reed announced Sunday night that he won’t return for his senior season, and Pringle followed by declaring his intention to enter the draft on Monday. Reed played two seasons at K-State after transferring from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College. The 5-foot-9, 188-pounder from Bakersfield, Calif., had 47 tackles this past season with four interceptions and nine pass break-ups to earn All-Big 12 first-team defensive honors. He was a second-team All-America selection by Pro Football Focus. Reed also was the all-conference return specialist and a second-team All-American on the Walter Camp team, averaging 34.2 yards on 17 kickoff returns with one touchdown and 14.9 yards on 17 punt returns with one TD to help the Wildcats to an 8-5 record that was capped by their 35-17 victory against UCLA in the Cactus Bowl.
K-State’s D.J. Reed, Byron Pringle to enter 2018 NFL Draft
The Topeka Capital-Journal | Jan 1