Penn State football will welcome back one of its top defensive backs in 2018
Despite losing all four starters in the secondary for the 2018 season, Penn State has several quality replacements ready to step in. One such player is someone who may have been forgotten, but will be a welcomed addition at cornerback. John Reid, who sat out the entire 2017 season due to a torn ACL, is ready to make a full return this season.
Reid had a very successful two years in Penn State’s secondary and was expected to be a key piece on defense heading into last season. Unfortunately, an injury in spring practice put him out for the season.
Before the injury, Reid was coming off a solid 2016 season that saw him be an All-Big Ten honorable mention. He started all 14 games for the Nittany Lions that year and made 35 total tackles with one interception and seven deflections.
As a true freshman in 2015, he played in 13 games and was named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman team. He had two interceptions and 29 total tackles during his first season in Happy Valley.
He was a four-star recruit out of high school and was able to make an immediate impact at Penn State.
Aside from his play on defense, Reid was a vital player on special teams. He became the team’s primary punt returner, making 22 returns for 166 yards. Wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins returned punts for the Nittany Lions last season, but Reid could find himself back in that role this year.
Reid was able to participate in spring practice this year and appears to be fully healed from his injury. With the year off, Reid could be a forgotten name for the Nittany Lions. However, he should be able to step right into his starting cornerback spot and have a big year.