After struggling through injury and inconsistency, John Reid is off to a stellar start in his final season.
It seems that John Reid has been at Penn State for a very long time, and in fact, that's true. He was a member of the 2015 recruiting class and played as a true freshman for the Nittany Lions. However, an injury two years ago and a mediocre season last year made him a bit of a forgotten name on the Penn State roster.
2019 marks the final season that Reid will play in Happy Valley, and he's already made the most of it. In two games he has six total tackles, a sack, and two interceptions. His pick-six in the second half against Buffalo completely changed the momentum of the game and helped propel the Nittany Lions to victory.
John Reid rules. pic.twitter.com/JbKOEsO3uK— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) September 8, 2019
Now that he's two years removed from a knee injury that caused him to miss the entire 2017 season, Reid looks like the same player that he was early in his career. In 2015 he was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team by ESPN, while 2016 saw him earn an All-Big Ten honorable mention.
As a true freshman in 2015 he racked up 29 total tackles and two picks. His best season statistically was in 2016 when he recorded 35 total tackles and one interception.
When Reid returned from injury last season he never seemed to be the same player that he was before getting hurt in 2017. He did have two interceptions, but saw his total tackles drop to just 24.
It's been just two games this season, but Reid has been dominant and has gone back to being an important piece of Penn State's secondary. He's off to a hot start on is on pace to set career highs in tackles and interceptions.
Here's hoping that Reid continues his fantastic play this season!