James Franklin, John Reid, and Trace McSorley Talk Spring Ball

By Matthew Filipovits on April 5, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Garrett Taylor, Nick Scott impressing at safety

One of the biggest question marks heading into spring ball was who would replace Troy Apke and Marcus Allen. As of right now, it appears Nick Scott and Garrett Taylor are the leading candidates to take over. Scott, a long-time contributor on special teams, is in his third year at safety after starting as a running back. He has the most experience of any of the candidates, and is the most athletic guy in the position room.

Garrett Taylor, on the other hand, is just trying to break through. A four-star prospect back in 2015, Taylor hasn't seen the field all the much in his time in Happy Valley. That, however, figures to change. Originally a cornerback, he could be the shutdown pass defender Penn State has needed at the safety position.

Rahne take over going smoothly

With Joe Moorhead now the head coach at Mississippi State, Ricky Rahne has full control of the offense for the first time. A long-time assistant on Franklin's staff, Rahne already has a good rapport with his players as he takes on a bigger responsibility.

"Having him as our coordinator has been a seamless transition," Trace McSorley said. "He pushes us every day. He wants us to be the best we can be. He wants to be the best in the country more than anyone."

With Rahne spending the past few seasons in the coaches box, he's been able to see how the offense runs from a different angle and learn to call a game from afar. 

We got a good look at what Rahne can do when he has full control of the offense, to the tune of a school record 545 yards in the Fiesta Bowl.

Reid Happy to be back

John Reid is Penn State's best cornerback. He was Penn State's best cornerback in 2016, and the best heading into last year. After missing the 2017 season with a knee injury, Penn State is getting much more than just Reid's talent in a relatively inexperienced position group with his return to health.

Reid said being out for the 2017 season could make him a better player this season. He said he was able to understand the game from a broader perspective and really see the big picture. Already notorious for watching film, the thought of an even smarter John Reid is a scary thought for opposing offenses.