Penn State’s defense has suffered a huge blow with a knee injury to standout cornerback John Reid, according to L247’s Sean Fitz. The junior entered spring practice as the Nittany Lions top cornerback and one of the primary leaders of the defense.
While the severity of Reid’s injury has yet to be disclosed, it sounds likely that he may be forced to sit out for the entirety of the 2017 season. Reid still has two full years of eligibility remaining, and could potentially apply for a medical redshirt in the future if desired.
Reid was penciled in as a starter for the upcoming season along with senior Grant Haley. With Reid out of the lineup, it could open the door for Christian Campbell, a senior with plenty of experience, to become a full-time starter. Incoming true freshman and early enrollee Lamont Wade is another strong candidate to start opposite Haley. Wade is the top cornerback prospect in his class and was expected to contribute immediately in his first year at Penn State. Junior Amani Oruwariye, a regular contributor in 2016, and redshirt freshman Zech McPhearson also figure to be in the mix.
Best of luck to John as he recovers from his injury. We’ll all be looking forward to seeing him take the field for the Nittany Lions again at some point in the future.