Number: #9 | Hometown: Hockessin, DE | Previous: Penn State | Birthdate: 09/13/94 | Height: 6014 | Weight: 238 | Forty: 4.70E | Twitter: @troyreeder9 | Projection: UDFA | Class: 2019 (rSR)
An experienced, smart, hard-nosed, old school lunch-pail linebacker who plays aggressive, tenacious and brings great leadership. He possesses natural football instincts, to go along with a true nose for the ball. An excellent open field tackler who demonstrates sound wrap up abilities. He’s able to win the leverage battle at the point of attack when taking on incoming blockers, while possessing the know how and get-off to disengage/shed blocks. Says he learned a valuable lesson from Mike Hull (Dolphins) about passing it forward as a freshman at Penn State and makes a conscious effort to help mentor younger players. Two-time Delaware team captain and also a special teams standout.
Needs to improve his back pedal and work on change of direction quickness, especially in pass coverage when dropping back. Would like to see him flip the hips a bit quicker when opening up and defending the pass. He has been working on improving his footwork and comfort level playing in open space during the offseason. Tends to over-pursue and get caught out of position on occasion.
Missed the TaxSlayer Bowl in 2015 due to a leg injury sustained during the bowl week preparation.
Felt compelled to transfer to Delaware from Penn State and follow in his family’s footsteps (see; Bloodlines). He credits his brother for pushing him harder and making him a better player, a big reason why he transferred to the Blue Hens.
Full name Troy Daniel Reeder. An honor student and finance major at Delaware, he has made the Dean’s List, was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 team and was an Academic All-Big 10. His career objective is to work in real estate investment and development. He enjoys boating, fishing, skeet shooting and hiking in his spare time; has also begun playing golf and calls himself a ‘hack.’ Favorite NFL team is the San Diego Chargers. He wears number nine because he wanted to be a quarterback in high school and the number has stuck ever since.
Son of Dan and Cheryl Reeder; has one brother, Colby, who is a two-year member of the Delaware squad as a linebacker. Colby was the state Delaware Player of the Year at Salesianum in 2015. His father is a Delaware native (Christiana High School) and a 1986 Delaware graduate who served as captain of the 1984 Blue Hens for head coach Tubby Raymond—he played fullback and linebacker at Delaware and spent two seasons in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders (fifth round draft pick) and Pittsburgh Steelers as a fullback. Dan is now a commercial real estate broker, his mother played basketball at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College (‘86) and led the team to the 1982 NCAA III national championship.
Claimed the team’s Weight Room Champion honors in 2018 after sharing the team award the previous year with teammate Bilal Nichols (Bears 5th Round Pick).
QUOTE OF NOTE
“There were a couple things that he knew he had to work on and I mean day one in spring ball me and Coach Rojas were like, ‘Oh my gosh look at that.’ He corrected the things he needed to correct. We wanted to be able to recognize that. He made himself a better football player.” – Danny Rocco, Delaware HC on naming Troy Reeder most improved player (Spring 2018)
His 2018 campaign will be his second season playing for head coach Danny Rocco and defensive coordinator Chris Cosh. Playing in the same scheme this year, allowed him the time to study the playbook, get more comfortable in the system, which in turn, has helped to make him be more of a coach on the field. He has gotten better every season and this year should be no different, as his best football is yet to come.
Has played for numerous head coaches and various defensive schemes, beginning with Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin for two seasons. When he arrived to Delaware, he would undergo a coaching change from Dave Brock to Dennis Dottin-Carter. He has experience playing the MIKE and WILL in the 4-3, before settling into his current MIKE position in the Blue Hens 3-4 alignment. He possesses the ability to come into a pro camp, lead by example, compete for playing time and be an immediate asset playing in the box. He may rremind you of a bigger Tyler Matakevich (Steelers/Temple). Very few inside linebackers are selected in the NFL Draft each year, this player could be a steal if he goes undrafted.
2017 [rsJR]: Was named to the First-Team All-CAA, starting all 11 games at outside linebacker, leading the team with 89 tackles (34 solo), while adding seven tackles for loss, one and a half sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception, three pass breakups and one blocked kick. Had one punt return for 20 yards. Named CAA Defensive Player of the Week vs. Stony Brook when he recorded 11 tackles and vs. Maine when he recorded 17 tackles and blocked one kick.
2016 [rsSO]: Was named Second Team All-CAA, starting all 11 games at outside linebacker, with 63 tackles (36 solo), four and a half tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick. Had season-high nine stops vs. NCAA FCS national champion James Madison. Earned CAA Academic All-Conference. Took part in Delaware’s 2016 spring drills after transfer from Penn State in the fall.
2015 [rsFR]: Started at outside linebacker in 11 of 12 games played as a redshirt freshman when Penn State went 7-6 and advanced to the Taxslayer Bowl vs. Georgia. Earned First Team Freshman All-Big 10 and Second Team Freshman All-American honors. Ranked fourth on the team with 67 tackles and added five and a half tackles for loss and an interception.
2014 [FR]: Redshirted.
A four-year letterman for Salesianum School and head coach Bill DiNardo. Helped the Sallies to the 2013 DIAA Division I State Championship. Was a two-time all-state selection at middle linebacker. Earned first-team all-state at running back as a senior. Was named the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year by the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association. Compiled 76 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his final prep season. Also ran for 1,154 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. Won the Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award, given to a senior football player at a Delaware Catholic high school. Recorded more than 2,000 yards rushing and a combined 54 touchdowns (37 rushing, 17 passing) in his career. Added 280 tackles, 12 sacks and five interceptions. Rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com.