Penn State cornerback John Reid, who suffered a significant injury in the spring, “could probably play” if the Nittany Lions were hurting in the secondary — but James Franklin said Thursday night he doesn’t plan to play Reid this season.
“I actually think if we really needed to, we could probably play him this year toward the end of the year,” Franklin said Thursday night during his Penn State Coaches Show appearance. “We won’t do that because he has a redshirt available.”
Reid reportedly picked up a serious knee injury in spring practice, but Penn State never formally addressed the issue. Franklin has acknowledged season-ending injuries in the past, so perhaps the Nittany Lions were holding out hope Reid could help in a potential College Football Playoff situation.
Speculation aside, what’s known is that Reid — a 16-game starter and arguably Penn State’s best corner last season — will be back on the field next season.
Amani Oruwariye will join him at cornerback, as well.
Franklin added on the radio show that Oruwariye, a redshirt junior eligble for the NFL draft, would be back for his fifth and final year. The Florida native leads the team with four interceptions through nine games.