First team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media...First team preseason All-America by Playboy...Second team preseason All-America by Consensus Draft
Services...Third team preseason All-American by Phil Steele's College Football and Athlon Sports...Started at left tackle in all 12 games in 2011 and has started 33 consecutive games.
Second team all-Big Ten by league coaches and media . . . started all 13 games at left tackle and has 21 consecutive starts . . . started at left tackle in 37-7 opening win over Eastern Illinois as offense gained 435 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle in 35-7 win over Iowa State as offense gained 479 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 34-27 loss at Arizona . . . started at left tackle in 45-0 win over Ball State as offense gained 562 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 24-3 win over Penn State . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 38-28 win at Michigan . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 31-30 loss to Wisconsin . . . started at left tackle in 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 18-13 win at Indiana as offense gained 445 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 21-17 loss at Northwestern . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 20-17 loss to Ohio State . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 27-24 loss at Minnesota . . . Started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 27-24 Insight Bowl win over 12th-ranked Missouri.
Third team Freshman all-America by CollegeFootballNews.com . . . first team Big Ten all-Freshman team by Sporting News . . . Next Man In Award, Offense...Started 11 of 13 games, with three starts at left tackle, seven at left guard and final game at right tackle . . . started at right tackle in 24-14 Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech as offense gained 403 yards total offense.
South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior... two-time South Dakota Elite 45 team selection... South Dakota 11B all-American as a senior... first team all-state defensive end as a sophomore and junior... first team all-state tight end as a senior... first team all-conference as a sophomore, junior and senior... Career - - Collected 261 tackles, 23 sacks and eight interceptions... also caught 27 passes for 321 yards and nine touchdowns... team captain... also lettered in wrestling, golf and track... three-time state wrestling champion with a career record of 121-1.
Born 12/1/88. . . Undisclosed major . . . parents are Tom and Jo Reiff. . . high school coach: Jon Mitchell.
- While most draft experts debated whether Reiff was a better fit as a right tackle or left tackle, Schwartz was firm. "He's a left tackle," he said. "He fits the criteria that you want at that position. He's big, tough, he's a former tight end and a three-time state wrestling champ (South Dakota). He comes from a great tradition of offensive linemen at Iowa. He's a good run blocker and a good pass protector. "Even though he is young and will still improve in certain areas, we're not drafting a guy that's a developmental player." So what does that mean for starting left tackle Jeff Backus, who will turn 35 in September and is coming off biceps surgery? Will he have to fight for his job? Will he be moved to guard? It's way too early to take that approach," Schwartz said. "We'll put them all out there and we'll play. Their play in training camp, in the OTAs and in the preseason, that will determine those things, not anything we are thinking right now." - The Sports Xchange
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