Wilson Central’s Preston Reed certainly doesn’t fit the stereotype of a “defensive lineman”. Tall and lean at 6-5, 210 pounds, he used his personal skill set to become an impact player at defensive end for the Wildcats.
For his efforts, the WCHS senior has been named the inaugural Wilson County Lineman of the Year -- as presented by Lebanon’s J.M. Insurance Agency.
The award will be presented to Reed at Wilson Central’s postseason football banquet Sunday, Dec. 15 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
The award wraps up a season-long promotion by Beau Massengille at J.M. Insurance -- the Wilson County Lineman of the Week.
“When we started the Lineman of the Week Award, the plan was to recognize the unsung guys -- the kids who played with a hand on the ground -- who rarely got any credit for doing their jobs,” Massengille said.
A former lineman himself on Livingston Academy’s state championship team in 2005, Massengille has a soft spot in his heart for the big, burly guys who toil in the pit.
“When I presented Preston with his first Lineman of the Week t-shirt, he asked me if we allowed repeat winners. I knew then he was a special young man.”
Reed went on to win the weekly award twice -- as did Friendship Christian tackle Andrew Wood.
“Preston was a guy the other team always had to prepare for,” said WCHS head coach Brad Dedman. “Even as tall as he is, Preston played with great leverage and technique.”
His defensive stats were staggering as he piled up 75 tackles in 11 games, 12 quarterback sacks and 12 other tackles for loss. Reed batted down or deflected 18 pass attempts and forced two fumbles He also blocked two punts and a PAT while serving as the team’s long snapper on placement kicks and punts.
Reed was among three Wilson County athletes named to play in the Toyota East / West All-Star Game Dec. 13 at Tennessee Tech and the Offense-Defense All American Game Jan. 4 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL.
He was a repeat winner of the District 9-AAA Defensive Line MVP and was an all-district selection in 2012.
Reed has maintained a 3.5 GPA taking honors and AP classes at Wilson Central and has scored a 24 on the ACT.
"It's an honor to receive the first Lineman of the Year Award," Reed said, "I look forward to carrying the torch for future winners at the next level".
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