FanPost

Sooner Legends: Claude Reeds

Born in Norman, Claude Reeds was both OU's original home town hero and it's first All-American in 1913. Reeds was big for the time at six feet but only weighed 168 upon arrival at campus. He had three older brothers who had already played at OU. Though listed at fullback, he still holds the longest punt ever recorded at 102 yards against Texas in 1911.  He was an extremely accurate passer and defenses had to be just as ready for a up-field pass as a tuck and run. At a time when no one else in the South-West was passing, his arm made him invaluable to his teams. Despite being a fullback, a passer and a punter, he would also often line up as tight end in pure passing situations and was even more affective as a blocker than a receiver despite being undersized for the line and was considered the "best shoulder blocker I ever saw" by Bennie Owen. 

Reeds so scared other teams that in 1913, Missouri refused to play OU with Reeds on the team claiming he had used his eligibility fo conference games despite not having enrolled on campus until 1910. Missouri told OU they would refuse their payout if OU did not play the game but said they would not play if Reeds was allowed to play. Bennie Owen put it to a vote of the players and they voted to play the game. What Missouri did not know was his backup "Spot" Geyer was also a future All-American winning the award in 1915.  Missouri's tactic did work however edging the Sooners by 3 with OU driving deep in their own territory as time ran out. 

Having a fullback as a punter definitely has its advantages, especially when he is even more feared as a punter than a runner. Reeds most memorable play came on a fake punt in the last game of his OU career. The game was against Colorado and played at the OKC fairgrounds, though it was a clear day it had rained nonstop the two days prior leaving the field they played on more of a pig pen than a football field.  In a game where neither team could move the ball due to the muddy field. Reeds 70-yard fake punt turned out to be the difference. Even in the mud, Reeds managed to avoid almost every buffalo on the field that play some more than once running back and forth across the field until he finally found a path to the end zone.

Claude Reeds legacy did not stop once he left OU, He always made it a point to be a gentlemne when on the field and carried that mindset to Central Oklahoma where he was the head coach for ten years, during which he won eight conference championships.

Reeds was elected until the College Football hall of fame in 1961. Ten years after his coach, Bennie Owen, and 13 years before his own death in McClain, Oklahoma, on April 30, 1974.

Please include a link to http://SoonersNews.Com if you copy this article to another site.<!-- TOKEN_1236205780480_TOKEN -->

FanPost are for the voice of the fan and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Crimson and Cream Machine administrators.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Crimson And Cream Machine

You must be a member of Crimson And Cream Machine to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Crimson And Cream Machine. You should read them.

Join Crimson And Cream Machine

You must be a member of Crimson And Cream Machine to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Crimson And Cream Machine. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker