Football 25.01.2023 14:29:00
New coach has experience in three Power 5 schools
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Statesboro – Taylor Reed, who has coaching experience in three Power 5 programs, was appointed by head coach Clay Helton as running coach for South Georgia. Reed joins the team after spending two seasons with the Illinois football program.
“My family and I are honored to be part of the South Georgia Program,” Reid said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to join Coach Helton’s team and I am thrilled to be working with this amazing group of student-athletes and coaches.”
Reed was promoted to offensive analyst at Illini in 2022 after serving as an offensive alumnus assistant in 2021 when he helped Illinois to a pair of road ranking wins. The Illini finished 7th in Pennsylvania in nine overtimes, the longest game in college football history, and won 20th in Minnesota, the program’s first win over a college football playoff opponent.
In 2022, running back Chase Brown was among the nation’s leaders with 1,643 yards and 10 touchdowns, while quarterback Tommy DeVito threw for 2,650 yards and 15 touchdowns against just four interceptions. Brown became the first Doak Walker Award finalist in the program’s history and was named an All-American by nearly every media outlet. DeVito set a program record with a completion rate of 69.6%, which was the fourth best in FBS. Illinois was the only team in the country with a 1,500 yard rusher and an 80 catch wide receiver.
“We are thrilled to welcome Taylor Reid to our Georgia South football team,” Helton said. “Taylor was part of the state of Illinois that helped Chase Brown become one of the best players in all of college football last season. Taylor to compete and train at the highest level, and helped him build important relationships with our recruiters. We are very pleased that under his leadership our runner room will continue to thrive.”
Before arriving in Illinois, Reed had spent the previous two seasons at Auburn as an offensive assistant, working primarily with wide receivers and helping Auburn get to the Citrus Bowl and Outback Bowl berths.
Reid originally coached Bret Bilem in Arkansas from 2016 to 2017, working primarily with quarterbacks. In Arkansas, Reed helped coach Austin Allen, the SEC’s top passer in 2016, who threw for 3,430 yards, including a league-leading 2,291 yards in an SEC game, and threw for 25 touchdowns.
Reid joined the Razorbacks after playing at Central Arkansas as a quarterback from 2013 to 2015, where he threw for 1,809 yards and 14 touchdowns in 23 games over three seasons. He began his college career in 2011 at Memphis, starting nine of 11 games and throwing for 1,690 yards and 10 touchdowns. After that season, he moved to Arkansas, missed the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules, and then joined Central Arkansas in August 2013.
Reid returned to Central Arkansas as a running coach in 2018 before moving to Auburn from 2019 to 2020.
A native of El Dorado, Arkansas, Reid graduated from Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He and his wife Shane got married in July 2019. They are the parents of twin boys, William Bo and Tommy Fisher, born in 2022.