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Colby Reeder
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Colby Reeder 2828145
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 235
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Hockessin, Del.
High School: Salesianum
Major: Finance
Experience: Redshirt

Third-year member of the Blue Hens as a redshirt sophomore. 

After sitting out in 2016, he played in all 11 games and started all but one of them • was named the ECAC All-East Defensive Rookie of the Year and CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year • Named the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts vs. Maine in which he had seven tackles (three solo), one sack for a seven yard loss, and a fumble recovery of five yards for a touchdown to help seal the win • ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 49, but ranked fourth in solo tackles with 28 and recorded four or more solo tackles on four seperate occasions • reeled in two interceptions, one vs. Cornell which he returned for 20 yards and one vs. William & Mary which he returned for eight yards • managed to get to the quarterback for two sacks and led the team in tackles for a loss with eight • recovered a fumble in back-to-back games vs. Towson and vs. Maine. 

Did not see game action in first-year at Delaware and retained freshman eligibility • one of the top players in Delaware's 2016 recruiting class • turned down several NCAA FBS offers to come to Delaware • moved as high as No. 2 on the depth chart at outside linebacker • was a dominating practice player • selected as Blue Hen Touchdown Club Practice Player of the Week five times, earning defensive honors vs. Delaware State and Wake Forest and special teams honors vs. James Madison, Maine, and Albany • selected to Colonial Athletic Association Academic All-Conference team.

Enjoyed an outstanding career as a defensive back and running back at nearby Salesianum School for head coach Bill DiNardo • served as captain as a senior • top player in the state of Delaware as a senior in 2015 when he was named DIFCA State Defensive Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year, and Maxwell Club Player of the Year (inaugural award winner) • earned the DeLucia Award as the top player in the Delaware Catholic League • earned All-State honors at defensive back in 2014 and 2015 and All-State notice at running back in 2015 • three-time All-Catholic League selection on defense and twice on offense • rushed for 2,010 yards and 33 touchdowns, posted 70 tackles, four forced fumbles, one interception, and six blocked field goals in 2015 • rushed for 925 yards and 17 touchdowns and recorded 128 tackles and seven forced fumbles in 2014 as a junior • led Salesianum to three straight state tournament appearances, including a state title in 2013 and a state runner-up finish in 2015 • earned game Most Valuable Player honors at the state Blue-Gold High School All-Star Game in June, 2016 at Delaware Stadium • led Blue to a 32-26 as he rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 100 yards for another score • National Honor Society student • earned honor roll distinction every semester.

Colby Austin Reeder • born Feb. 3, 1997 • honor student as a finance major at Delaware • enjoys weightlifting, hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, and basketball in his spare time • favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers • son of Dan and Cheryl Reeder • has one brother, Troy, who was an All-CAA linebacker for UD in 2016 after transferring from Penn State where he played for two seasons • father is a Delaware native (Christiana High School), and a 1986 Delaware graduate who served as captain of the 1984 Blue Hens for head coach Tubby Raymond • played fullback and linebacker at Delaware and played two seasons in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders (fifth round draft pick) and Pittsburgh Steelers as a fullback • Dan is now a commercial real estate broker • mother played basketball at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College (‘86) and led the team to the 1982 NCAA III national championship.

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