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69 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Reed Bergstrom

In which BracketCat counts down the 69th day until kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Reed Bergstrom.

Reed Bergstrom reminds me a little bit of Prince-era offensive lineman Caleb Handy. They wear the same number, too.
Reed Bergstrom reminds me a little bit of Prince-era offensive lineman Caleb Handy. They wear the same number, too.
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#69 Reed Bergstrom
Redshirt Senior
6-2 | 305
Clyde, Kan.


Position: Offensive Line

Previous College: Butler Community College

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

Reed Bergstrom (b. Sept. 2, 1992) is a former walk-on from the community college ranks who saw action as a redshirt junior in 2014. He will compete for starting nods at one of the interior offensive line positions as a senior.

He played eight-man football at Clifton-Clyde High School and JUCO football at Butler Community College.

Bergstrom redshirted in 2013 and played in five games last season, seeing time against Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas.

He started at center for the White team in the 2014 spring game and at left guard this spring, so I currently have him slotted as the third-string left guard behind Boston Stiverson and Will Ash, but he also could be a backup center.

Bergstrom was banged up a lot during his senior year in high school, which probably is why he didn't attract any major-college attention, but make no mistake, he can play at this level and is an absolute beast in the weight room.

He played two seasons at Butler, a perennial national championship contender, under head coach Troy Morrell.

Bergstrom helped to lead the Grizzlies to a 22-2 record in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, including a national runner-up finish as a sophomore and a Citizens Bank Bowl victory as a freshman.

He earned All-Region VI honors, was voted to the All-Jayhawk Conference first team in 2013 and also was selected as one of the top 21 players in the conference in 2012.

At Clifton-Clyde, Bergstrom prepped under head coach Russ Steinbrock. He led the team to a pair of 10-win seasons as a sophomore and junior, including a state runner-up finish as a sophomore.

Bergstrom, who was selected to play in the state and Kansas vs. Nebraska 8-Man All-Star Games, also lettered in basketball and track, placing third in state in the discus.

He must be doing something right to earn a scholarship so quickly. This was the first year he could be awarded one without counting back against the 25-scholarship limit per class, since he now has been in school for two full years.