While most of this series has focused on redshirt freshmen, Penn State's biggest redshirt contribution could come from a fourth year junior. After missing the entire 2017 season with a knee injury, John Reid will be a welcome sight for a depleted Nittany Lion secondary.
A highly-touted prospect, Reid made his debut as a true freshman in 2015 and quickly established himself as one of the best corners in the conference. On top of his defensive duties, he became Penn State's punt returner in 2016 averaging a respectable 7.5 yards per return.
The reid File
- Class: RS Junior
- Size: 5'10/185
- Pos: CB
- School: St. Joe's Prep (Pa.)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★
- Accolades: 2015 All-Big Ten Freshman team, 2016 All-Big Ten honorable mention
For those who don't remember, John Reid is the definition of a lockdown corner. He has fantastic instincts and his speed allows him to recover ground if a receiver gets by him. A physical corner, he's fantastic in run support and can step up and make plays in behind the line of scrimmage when an opportunity presents itself.
Reid has become famous for watching a ridiculous amount of film in preparation for Saturdays. After an entire year of studying film and seeing the field from a new perspective, Reid has said he has a better understanding of the defense as a whole and he thinks the experience will make him a better corner in the long run.
Off of the field, Reid may be the smartest guy on the roster. You may remember it was reported that he built a computer while he was still in high school. He also interned with Intel last year while rehabbing his knee.
John Reid will be Penn State's most important player in 2018. That's a bold claim, but the Nittany Lions blew two fourth-quarter leads as a result of bad secondary play late. John Reid is too good to allow that to happen again. Technically, this secondary loses all four starters from last season so Brent Pry needs depth back there. Reid will return to his starting role immediately and paired with second-team All-Big Ten corner Amani Oruwariye, could be one of the best corner duos in the conference.