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Bradley J. Reese

This native of New Philadelphia, OH and former Tusky Valley High School gridder was a linebacker par excellence for Hall of Fame coach Jim Dennison at The University of Akron from 1978 thru ’81. Brad Reese is UA’s only two-time NCAA I AA first team All-American and, along with Hall of Famer Steve Cockherham, a linebacker, and tailback Mike Clark, are the school’s only three-time All-Americans in football. By the fifth game of his freshman season, Reese was the Zips’ starting inside linebacker. When the season ended Brad, who grew to 6-1, 230 pounds, was the team leader in tackles with 104. He doubled that output in 1979 to earn honorable mention All-America from the Associated Press. The following campaign Reese established UA’s all-time single season tackle record with 221 to earn first team All-Ohio Valley Conference and first team Kodak-American Football Coaches Association All-America honors. He repeated the latter two honors in 1981. Over Reese’s 43-game career he established and continues to hold the following records: most tackles-game (35); most assisted tackles-game (25), both versus Western Kentucky in 1980; most tackles-season (221) and most assisted tackles-season (115), both in ’80 and most assisted tackles-career (352). In 1993, Reese was inducted into UA’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1994 | Football