en his wife was hospitalized last October, Reed began missing practice and workouts to care for her and their two children.
With Lofton having left early for the NFL Draft, Reed would've had another shot to start at linebacker had he been able to stay. But juggling family, finances, football and school appeared to be too much for Reed on a team as competitive as the Sooners'.
Sooner coach Bob Stoops said last month that Ryan Reynolds, who played outside linebacker last year, will move to the middle during spring drills, which begin Wednesday.
OU has also signed junior-college middle linebacker Mike Balogun, the defensive player of the year in his conference last year. Balogun is expected to arrive on campus during the summer.