Taylor Reed named running backs coach for Georgia Southern Football

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New coach has experience at three Power 5 schools




STATESBORO – Taylor Reed, who has coaching experience at three Power 5 programs, has been appointed running backs coach for Georgia Southern by the head coach Tone Helton. Reed joins the team after spending two seasons with the Illinois football program.

“My family and I are honored to be part of the Georgia Southern program,” Reed said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to join Coach Helton’s team and I look forward to working with this amazing group of students, athletes and coaches.”

Reed was named offensive analyst for the Illini in 2022 after serving as a graduate offensive assistant in 2021 when he helped Illinois to two ranked wins on the road. The Illini won in nine overtimes in 7th-ranked Penn State, the longest game in college football history, and won in 20th-ranked Minnesota, the program’s first win over a college football playoff opponent.

In 2022, running back Chase Brown was among the nation’s all-time leaders with 1,643 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, and quarterback Tommy DeVito threw for 2,650 yards and 15 touchdowns against just four interceptions. Brown became the first Doak Walker Award finalist in program history and was named an All-American by almost every outlet. DeVito set a program record with a 69.6 percent graduation rate, fourth best in FBS. Illinois was the only team in the country with a 1,500-yard rusher and a receiver with 80 catches.

“We are very excited to welcome Taylor Reed to our Georgia Southern football team,” said Helton. “Taylor was part of an Illinois team that helped make Chase Brown one of the top rushers in all of college football last season. Prior to making the Big Ten, Taylor held two separate SEC stints, in Auburn and Arkansas. These experiences allowed Taylor to compete and be trained at the highest level, and helped him build meaningful relationships within our recruiting footprint. We are thrilled that our running back room will continue to thrive under his leadership.”

Before coming to Illinois, Reed spent the last two seasons at Auburn as an offensive graduate assistant, working primarily with wide receivers and helping Auburn to the Citrus Bowl and Outback Bowl berths.

Reed initially trained under Bret Bielema in Arkansas from 2016-17, working primarily with the quarterbacks. In Arkansas, Reed helped coach Austin Allen, the SEC’s top passer of 2016, who threw for 3,430 yards, including a league-best 2,291 yards in SEC play, and made 25 total touchdown passes.

Reed joined the Razorbacks after landing at quarterback in Central Arkansas from 2013-15, where he threw for 1,809 yards and 14 touchdowns in 23 games over three seasons. He began his collegiate career in 2011 in Memphis, starting nine of 11 games and throwing for 1,690 yards and ten touchdowns. After that season, he transferred to Arkansas, sat out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules, and then transferred to Central Arkansas in August 2013.

Reed returned to Central Arkansas in 2018 as the running backs coach before moving to Auburn in 2019-20.

A native of El Dorado, Arkansas, Reed graduated from Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He and his wife Shayne married in July 2019. They are parents to twins William Bo and Tommy Fisher who were born in 2022.

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