Since Big 12 play began in 1996, there’s only been one Jayhawk football player to win the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award. There’s a reason Nick Reid was a big part of setting the foundation for the success of the Mark Mangino era at KU. Originally a quarterback in high school, Reid made the transition to defense as a college freshman. And he gave the position switch his all. His work ethic made him an easy fan favorite. But did you know that he also gained the admiration of opposing coaches? Reid may not be the winningest player in Kansas history—though he did go to two bowl games—but he set the table for teams that would go 26-12 in the three seasons following the end of his Jayhawk career.