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Utah defensive lineman Gabe Reid opens up on his transfer from Stanford, goals for 2022

In Gabe Reid’s final year of college ball, he gets to play with his brother.

The former Stanford defensive lineman transferred to Utah this offseason. A Provo native, Reid told reporters this week (via UteZone’s Sammy Mora) that playing for Utah was always on his wishlist. And, after five years in Palo Alto, he gets to do that with his brother, Karene.

“I’m so excited. It’s something that we’ve dreamt about since we’re little kids playing football in our backyard,” he said, according to Mora. “So, I’m stoked. I can’t wait to make plays with him, celebrate with him when he makes plays. This is like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So, I’m so excited for the chance to play with him.”

Reid posted 62 tackles last season for Stanford, the fourth-most on the team. His 10 tackles for loss led all Stanford players. He also added three pass breakups. For his Stanford career, Reid totaled 168 total tackles, 30.5 TFLs, 10 sacks, and one interception.

His brother made six starts in 10 appearances for the Utes last season. Both figure to be key members of the Utah defense in 2022.

And Reid has big goals for the new season.

“I think one goal is to have my best season yet,” he said, according to Mora. “Obviously, I want to lead the Pac-12 in sacks. That’s always been a goal of mine and it’s my last shot. So showcase my talent as a pass rusher and win the Pac-12 Championship just like we did last year and just have fun.

“This being my last time around, everything means more, like every practice, every lift, things mean more when your days are numbered. So, just really make the most of them, have fun, and enjoy playing football.”

Derek Peterson
Derek Peterson comes to the Pac-12 after years of serving as a college football beat writer at Oklahoma and Nebraska. He's a firm believer that teams should never punt. Email Derek at

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