CFL: Is Fred Reid the Next Stefan Logan?
Ex-BC Lions running back Stefan Logan signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers following a 1,366 all-purpose yard season.
The year before the South Dakota product signed with the Miami Dolphins in November 2007 and joined their practice squad. His contract expired after the year and he went unsigned.
Logan then headed north of the border with the BC Lions where he put together a 122 rushing attempts, 889 rushing yard, 52 catch and a 477 receiving yard season.
He added three touchdowns (all receiving) and four fumbles (all while rushing) to his season totals.
Following 2008, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he's battling for a roster spot as a return specialist.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Fred Reid on the other hand played his college football at Mississippi State, which is no South Dakota but following the draft also went selected.
Just like Logan he bolted for south Florida but headed towards the shore with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005.
He was cut before the season, and didn't play football in 2006.
After star linebacker Barrin Simpson recommended Reid to the Bombers front office guys, they brought him into camp and obviously showed enough to keep a spot on the roster.
As a rookie in 2007 Reid got 40 carries, 270 rushing yards, two touchdowns and eight catches for 120 yards.
Playing in Joe Smith and Charles Roberts's shadow again in 2008, he still managed to get 101 carries and 709 yards with three scores.
Reid added 13 catches for 96 yards to his 2008 totals.
Now, Logan obviously had the better 2008, but Reid is on pace to shatter Logan's 2008 season.
After eight games in 2009, he has 115 rushes (seven less than Logan in a full season) and 795 rushing yards (93 less than Logan in 2008).
Not only are Reid's stats better in three years than Logan in one, they similar in body size.
Reid 5'8", Logan is 5'7" while they're both speedy 185 pound backs.
Because of these similarities, I'd be very surprised to not see Reid get an NFL shot as a kick returner or even a backup running back.
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