DYNAMITE DOZEN PROFILE: Monroe RB Dominique Reid -- Total team player

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Dominique Reid was coming off a 1,000-yard rushing season, playing behind a massive returning offensive line and was part of playoff team as a junior.

He expected his senior year to be just as dynamic. Things didn't go the way Monroe High planned or the way Reid envisioned. The Tornadoes were eliminated from the playoff race last week and the shifty senior's rushing yards in a new spread offensive scheme won't approach last year's totals.

But guess what? Reid's not complaining about it.

"I wanted to have more rushing yards, but I did whatever the team needed me to do," said Reid, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound speedster.

Reid carried the load as a junior last year after Dominique Lumpkin got banged up, running for 1,053 yards and 10 touchdowns on 153 carries and was the second leading receiver on the team with 168 yards and a score.

A change on offense meant a change in Reid's mindset as a senior.

"Last year, we had a real good fullback (and) had a lot of I-back (formations)," Monroe head coach Charles Truitt said. "We really didn't have that fullback (this year) we've been accustomed to having, so it put us in a situation of a lot of one-back sets. It sort of took away from some of Dominique's stats."

Reid didn't cry about it. With junior Brandon Gordon able to handle some of the rushing duties, Reid moved to slot back and put his pass-catching abilities to use. His rushing totals are down, but his receiving totals have skyrocketed.

"He's an all-around player this year," said senior offensive tackle Bryan Chamberlain, who is also Reid's cousin. "Whatever position we needed him at, he did it."

Reid, who ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at a combine in Valdosta last summer, has seven receiving touchdowns this season to go along with five rushing scores. Truitt said his senior all-purpose back came to work every day and found a new way to shine on a team full of playmakers.

"The one thing I can say about Dominique ... he's a gamer," Truitt said. "He comes to practice regardless of his stats and practices hard. I respect that about him. Sometimes stats are sacrificed for the betterment of the team."

Reid likes the idea of being that quick slot receiver, which may suit him better at the next level.

"I can use my speed to get the ball in different spots," said Reid, a member of Monroe's state power track team.

He has a full ride waiting on him at Fort Valley State, where he says Wildcats head coach Donald Pittman wants him to play the slot. Reid's brother, Tony, is a junior there and plays a variety of positions, something the younger sibling could duplicate.

Reid said he admires the late Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, but admitted "my role model is really my brother."

Reid has also visited Georgia Tech with Chamberlain, a Yellow Jacket commit, and has been offered a partial scholarship there.

Reid's raw speed will give him a shot to play somewhere, his head coach said.

"With the speed he has, we try to get him matched up one-on-one (at receiver)," Truitt said. "A team might not look at him like a true tailback, so that gives him some versatility at the next level."

Reid won't be in the playoffs this year -- although there are two bragging-rights games remaining on the schedule against Dougherty and Westover that he'd love to win. And he won't be approaching the 1,000-yard rushing season he had as a junior.

It had a lot to do with a new offensive scheme and it had a lot to do with a change in position.

But most importantly, "It had a lot to do with him being a team player," Chamberlain said.