5. Fourth-and-15 vs. Penn State (2021)
When Reed’s name is announced, I guarantee you this will be the first play that is highlighted. On a snowy Saturday in East Lansing, Jayden Reed caught a prayer thrown by Payton Thorne.
In a situation where there are multiple inches of snow and our starting kicker injured, Mel Tucker decided to keep the offense on the field on a fourth-and-15 situation as opposed to a 37-yard field goal.
Naturally, Reed made one of, if not the most, iconic play of his career. I have no shame in stating that I have a signed picture of the moment he caught the ball. With a Penn State defensive back draped over him, Reed remained focused and caught the ball despite a swinging breakup attempt. He popped up with the ball and gave the Spartans a two-possession advantage.
Yet again, Reed showed up in a big way to send the senior out in style on senior day. He ended the game with six catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.
This one is also highlighted from my series last summer. If you want more of an analysis on the play, click here.