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Tevin Reese Brings Big Play Potential to Bolts
With their final pick of the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday, the San Diego Chargers added Baylor wide receiver Tevin Reese in the seventh round. Despite being chosen near the end of the draft, the 5-10, 170-pounder is excited about the opportunity to play for San Diego.
Reese is a three-time All-Big 12 honoree and left Baylor ranked third all-time in career touchdowns (24), receptions (187) and yards (3,102). His 21 career touchdowns of 40-plus yards set Baylor and NCAA records, and is something General Manager Tom Telesco is excited to bring to San Diego.
“He catches the ball really well and is a good route runner,” he said. “He’s got a lot of production and a lot of big play production at Baylor. He’s so explosive. I think he had 21 touchdowns of 40-yards or more, so if he can give us a couple of those we’ll be good.”
“My strength is speed, but at the same time I’m a very smart football player,” he said. “I like going out there and knowing everything on the field. I’ll bring a lot of tenacity and a lot of hard work and never give up. I’m just ready to get on the field and be a Charger.”
Baylor has churned out plenty of star receivers in the past few years, including Reese’s former teammates Terrance Williams and Kendall Wright. The newest Charger admits they’ve helped him prepare for the next chapter of his football career.
“It’s like having an extra two or three coaches,” he said. “They’ve been in the league, they’ve played in the league, and they’ve played against the best defenses. If I just need anything they’re like brothers. I just call them up and they’ll do anything they can to help me out. Staying connected to them is like one big family.”
Reese is looking to find a new family in the Chargers, but already has a connection to America’s Finest City. San Diego is a special place for Reese. He caught a 55-yard touchdown in Baylor’s 2012 Holiday Bowl win over UCLA at Qualcomm Stadium and promised “there are many more to come.”
The seventh round pick says he’s joining the Chargers with a chip on his shoulder, using his late round selection to feed his drive and determination.
“I will go out there and do anything they want me to. If they want me to go out there and play gunner, play receiver, play returner, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability and I’m not going to let them down.”