Since signing to play football at Indiana University, Jake Reed has been through a coaching change, two position switches and a career-threatening illness.
The Columbus North graduate now is battling for playing time for what he hopes will be an improved Hoosiers squad.
“We’re excited,” said Reed, who will be a sophomore. “We’re looking forward to the first game.”
That Reed will be healthy enough to play in the Sept. 1 season-opener against Indiana State is a testament to how far he has come in the past two months. Midway through spring practice, he came down with mononucleosis and lost about 25 pounds.
“I was in bad shape,” he said. “I couldn’t eat or do anything. It’s gotten better since then. It was kind of depressing because I was stuck at this low weight, but I was able to work out again. I was able to keep working, and it was able to kick back in.”
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