Jayden Reed explains decision to return to Michigan State: 'There was a mission we had to complete'
An 11-2 record isn’t good enough. Jayden Reed wants to accomplish more and that’s one of the reasons he chose to return to Michigan State for the 2022 season.
Reed played an integral role in Michigan State’s explosive offense during the 2021 campaign, which included wins over in-state rival Michigan and ACC champion Pitt in the Peach Bowl. He was one of five B1G receivers to end the year with over 1,000 yards, totaling 1,026 for the season with 10 touchdowns on 59 catches.
Not only was Reed dynamic in the passing attack, he showed off his versatility in the run game and on special teams. He returned 2 punts for touchdowns and had 1 rushing touchdown for the Spartans.
On Tuesday, Michigan State started spring practice as it prepares for the 2022 season. Reed had a few reasons for sticking around the program for another season — team goals was at the top of the list.
“I really felt like there was a mission that we had to complete,” Reed said, per Sam Sklar of The State News.
Reed also mentioned that the 2022 NFL Draft class was deep at wide receiver and that he’s just beginning to “scratch the surface” of his potential. He believes he can be even better this fall.
Michigan State had an incredible turnaround from 2020 to 2021. In Mel Tucker’s first season at the helm, the Spartans finished with a 2-5 record — though they notched some impressive victories. MSU defeated Michigan in Ann Arbor and handed Northwestern its only regular-season loss of the year.
Last year, Michigan State’s only two losses came on the road to Purdue and against Ohio State. Now that the Spartans have tasted success, they’re looking to get back to the top of the B1G East and start competing for B1G titles again.
Reed wants to be part of that.