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December 29, 2013
Rose Bowl Media Day: Ed Reynolds
Though his interception total dropped from a team-high six in 2012 to only one in 2013, redshirt junior safety Ed Reynolds was still a key cog in one of the top defenses in the nation. Reynolds was third on the team in tackles with 77, (a significant increase from the 47 tackles he made in 2012), and was named a first-team All-Pac-12 performer for the second straight season. Cardinal Sports Report caught up with Reynolds at Sunday's Rose Bowl media day to reflect on his 2013 season and to look forward to his upcoming NFL Draft decision.
Cardinal Sports Report: This is your second time down here. How has everything been going so far?
Ed Reynolds: It's been great. All of the events they have for us, we really enjoy. But really we came down here for one purpose and that's to win this game. We've been taking the preparation as serious as we can, making sure we're still watching film. We've seen pretty much every game maybe two or three times. Just taking every day as a work day and getting ready for this game.
CSR: Reflecting on this season, what was the 2013 campaign like for you personally? Did you feel like in light of your 2012 season teams were throwing away from you a little bit more? How would you assess how 2013 went for you?
ER: I think for myself, I came in this season with high expectations. Like you said I didn't get many opportunities on interceptions and causing turnovers like I did in 2012 but I definitely feel like I became a better and surer tackler. You see that with my tackle numbers going up as much as they did, almost double. And just being able to continue to hone on in this defense and make sure that I can line everyone up.
CSR: Was that the biggest emphasis for you this year, shoring up run support, shoring up tackling?
ER: Yeah, it was definitely one thing that I focused a lot on in the offseason. Always to continue to work on my hands to make sure that when the ball does come my way I can capitalize on the opportunity. Making sure I can work on my angles helping get back to the front seven.
CSR: What have you seen from Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook? Some people have compared him to your quarterback, Kevin Hogan. Is that a comparison that you see at all?
ER: I do a little bit. He's athletic, more athletic than people give him credit for. Michigan State is doing a great job of tailoring their system to things that are his strengths. Rolling out to the left or right, moving the pocket for him so he has a better chance to get the ball I nthe hands of his playmersk. He does a great job of managing the game for them and it's going to be a great matchup.
CSR: For you personally, you would have another year of eligibility, have you given any thought whether this will be your last year and then off to the NFL or whether you will come back next year?
ER: I have given it some thought but it's going to be an announcement that I make after this game.
CSR: Have you gotten back the draft (evaluation) paperwork yet?
ER: Yeah. We got it back I think sometime during bowl prep week.
CSR: Do you feel like sharing (what evaluation you received), or do you want to keep that to yourself?
ER: (Laughter)Nah, I'll keep that one to myself.