Todd trying to get career back on track at Hinds Community College

Reggie Todd

Staff Writer

Last Thursday night was supposed to be a night of preparation for Reggie Todd as he entered his sophomore season at wide receiver for Mississippi State.

He was supposed to be among the leaders at receiver for the Bulldogs this season and help them to an improved passing game.

Instead, Todd was on the field in Scooba playing for Hinds Community College. He was going up against the No. 1 team in the country, but that team played junior college football.

All of this stems from a night that he truly would like to take back. Todd got into an altercation on June 10 at an off-campus party and was charged with simple assault. Todd was originally suspended indefinitely before having to leave school all together and take the junior college path.

So now Todd is trying to make the best of his situation and get back to his dream of big-time college football. He led the team out onto the field for the first game and has taken ownership of what he did and is hoping to help others not make the same mistakes.

“It’s just real different going from a high level to a lower level," Todd said. "I’ve definitely had to adjust over the last few weeks, but I’m getting there. I’ve got to be a leader and let them know what I’ve been through to try to make sure they don’t follow that same path. I feel like that’s been the most important thing for me to do.”

That debut was a rough one for the Hinds Eagles. Todd started at wide receiver and kick returner in a 50-0 blowout loss. He caught two passes for 24 yards as targets to him were hard to come by. He had a three kick returns as well for 75 yards.

It wasn’t particularly a game that was up to Todd’s standards.

“I didn’t feel like I played well at all," Todd said. "Even though I didn’t, I still have to try and pick up my teammates. We’re going to come together and overcome what happened against EMCC.”

Even before Todd’s first game last week, teams were hot on his trail. He has already picked up offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Troy and Indiana with many others recruiting him as well.

Chances are going to be there for Todd to continue his football career and get back to playing football somewhere. As for a return to MSU, that is still unknown.

“The coaches haven’t hit me up yet, but we’ll see what happens,” Todd said. “I would love to get back up there, but I’m not sure what’s going to happen.”

Todd had a solid redshirt freshman year with the Bulldogs making 14 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown last year and becoming a reliable target towards the end of the year. He was set to compete for a starting role had he been in good standing for fall camp.

Even if Todd doesn’t make it back to Starkville, he holds no ill will towards his former team and coaches. He knows the decisions and mistakes he made were his to bear.

“It still hurts me to this day, but I’ll be alright,” Todd said. “I stay in touch with those guys every day and I’m definitely pulling for them.”