Fellowship Grad Reed Kroeber Prepares for Last Year on College Gridiron for the Other Paladins
As Reed Kroeber prepares for his senior season as an offensive lineman for the Furman University football team, he fondly looks back on his career with the Paladins of Greenville, S.C.
"It's been great," the 6-foot-4, 202-pound offensive line said. "It's been a lot of fun, and I have been fortunate to play a lot and be a part of a program that's been successful. That was always my goal – to get on the field and play."
Kroeber, who is on schedule to will finish up degrees in business and health sciences this year, has been accepted in the master's program in accounting at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
"It's a great opportunity," he said. "Right now I am very happy with my football career. My plans include grad school and becoming a CPA. Most likely this is my last year playing football. My goal this year is to help the team as well as I can. I want to step up and take on more of a leadership role. I am a fifth year senior, so it's time to me to make a big long-lasting impact on my teammates."
Following a four-year high school football career for the Paladins of Fellowship Christian School, Kroeber joined the Furman program in the fall of 2016.
Overall, the school has finished 25-22 in Kroeber's four years with the program. Furman finished 8-5, including a 6-2 conference mark, in both 2018 and 2019.
"Last year, we had a good season," Kroeber said. "We finished second in the conference, but lost in the first round of the playoffs. We want to finish first in the Southern Conference this year. Obviously we'd like to have more [post-season] success."
Kroeber has been the No. 1 left guard the past two seasons for Furman.
"I am the starter at left guard heading into camp," he said. "But camp is an open camp. We have a lot of talent, and there's always a competition for jobs."
Due to COVID-19, it's been a strange and long offseason for Kroeber.
"It's going very well," Kroeber said. "It's been longer than expected, and a different offseason. This is around the time we start summer practices, but we don't know for sure yet [when the team returns to Furman]. We're hoping for late July. We expect a little bit more extended camp with an extra week built in for conditioning."
Kroeber has been working out with Furman teammate Jack Hardin (also a FCS graduate) this spring to prepare for the season.
With gyms closed it was challenge to continue normal workouts without equipment. The Furman strength and conditioning coaches provided workouts for players, which Hardin and Kroeber have taken advantage off.
"It's been great to have Jack around," Kroeber said. "It helps to have workouts with a teammate. Now we have workout programs that we'd normally be doing. It's been grate to have a workout partner."
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