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Caraun Reid Earns National Defensive Player Honor, Shines At Senior Bowl

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 01/27/2014
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Caraun Reid was named the National Defensive Player of the Year by the College Sports Journal.
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It's been a good few days for Caraun Reid.

Two days after recording back-to-back sacks at the Reese's Senior Bowl, the co-captain of the 2013 Ivy League champion has been named the Defensive Player of the Year by the College Sports Journal, which announced its 2013 All-American team.

Reid, who received plenty of buzz during the practice week leading up to the Senior Bowl, recorded back-to-back sacks early in the third quarter during the 20-10 victory for the South squad. Both came after the North had crossed midfield during its first drive of the second half.

On 2nd and 8 at the South 44, Reid used a quick inside move to sack Logan Thomas for a five-yard loss. While the announcers were still talking about him from the previous play, he lined up in a different spot on the line and used another inside move to knock down Thomas for a seven-yard loss.

Reid was one of five players listed as "Buzz-Worthy" in a postgame write-up, which has a link above.

"It was a thrill to see Caraun Reid succeed against the best players in the country," head coach Bob Surace said. "We saw that ability and intensity in both games and practices. He is both a difference maker and a leader, and I'm excited the nation got to see what a special player he is."

It was a stellar final performance for Reid in a Tiger helmet, and it was a fitting conclusion to one of the best defensive careers over the last several decades at Princeton.

A two-time All-America, Reid led the league in sacks in Ivy games (5.5), and he finished second to teammate Jason Ray in tackles for loss in Ivy games (9.0). A three-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree, Reid overcame double- and triple-teams all season to become one of the league’s most disruptive forces on the line.

He had a team-best five quarterback hurries, and he recorded his first career interception in the victory over Cornell. Reid had at least one tackle for loss in seven of the team’s final nine games, and he helped Princeton rank among the Ivy’s top two in both total defense and rushing defense.

He ended his career in brilliant fashion, recording four tackles for loss and three sacks in the season finale at Dartmouth. He is the fourth player in Princeton history to be named to the All-Ivy first team three times, and the first since Matt Evans (1996-98).

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