In news that has long been known, former Stanford Cardinal offensive lineman Kevin Reihner is officially a Nittany Lion. Reihner, who graduated from Stanford in March, broke the news himself back in February, but could not be officially added to the PSU roster until the beginning of the first summer session at Penn State, which just so happens to be today.
Here is Head Coach James Franklin on Kevin:
We are excited to have Kevin join our family. He comes to us with great experience at the collegiate level and has the opportunity to make an immediate impact for us. It’s awesome that Kevin can return home to Pennsylvania to close out his college career.
Reihner appeared in 10 games over his career in Palo Alto, including 6 this past season. The Scranton native (Scranton Prep) was named AAA All-Pennsylvania Second Team honors as a senior in 2010, as well as receiving All Region, and Lackawanna Conference All Star honors. Rivals ranked him as the 15th best player of the state as a senior.
Longtime PSU fans are no doubt familiar with the Reihner name, as Kevin's father George was an offensive lineman for the Lions from 1974-77, and his uncle John kicked from 1972-75. Kevin will wear #68, the same as his dad.
As for what to expect on the field, he figures to step right into the battle at center or guard, providing not only experience, but the maturity that comes with time for any offensive lineman. Another capable body will no doubt bring a smile to Herb Hand's face.