Penn State cornerback John Reid, who starred in high school at St. Joseph’s Prep, has suffered a serious knee injury that could sideline him for most, if not all, of the 2017 college football season, according to several media reports on Thursday.
The reports, first posted on Twitter by Lions247.com, said the injury occurred during a spring practice session. The extent of the injury or when it happened was not immediately known.
When reached via email for comment or confirmation of the reports, Kris Petersen, a spokeswoman for the football program, replied, “We do not have a comment as we do not discuss injuries.”
The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Reid, who lives in Mount Laurel, was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection last season as a sophomore when he started all 14 games for Penn State. The Nittany Lions finished 11-3 during a season that included a Big Ten championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl.
Reid was ninth on the team in tackles with 36, a figure that included five tackles for loss, and contributed one interception and one fumble recovery. He also finished third in the Big Ten in punt returns with a 7.5-yard average.
He made his initial start in his first college game, the 2015 season opener against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field. For his career, he has 16 starts, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.
Reid helped lead the Prep to back-to-back PIAA Class 4A championships in his final two seasons. He immediately impressed the Penn State coaches when he arrived in Happy Valley with his dedication to film study and doing everything necessary to help his team succeed while being equally proficient defending the run and the pass.
“I focus on the process of everything, not necessarily the end result,” he said in a 2016 interview.
If Reid misses significant time, the Nittany Lions appear to have the depth to fill his spot at the boundary cornerback in their defensive scheme. Senior Christian Campbell made two starts last season after corner Grant Haley was sidelined with an injury. Junior Amani Oruwariye saw significant playing time last season and returned an interception for a touchdown against Kent State.
The Lions also have a highly touted freshman defensive back, Lamont Wade, who enrolled in January and has impressed the coaches. Wade is expected to be a safety in college but could be moved to cornerback, his high school position.