Penn State coach James Franklin declines to address status of top corner John Reid for 2017
Penn State cornerback John Reid returns a punt during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 17, 2016. Penn State hung on to beat Temple, 34-27. Joe Hermitt | email@example.com
Is Penn State junior corner John Reid hurt?
Lions coach James Franklin would not address a query about Reid’s health during Wednesday’s Big Ten Coaches teleconference.
But Franklin wouldn’t comment on Reid’s health.
“I’m happy to talk about practice, I’m happy to talk about guys that are practicing right now, I’m happy to talk about the upcoming season,” Franklin said.
“But as you know, I don’t get into those types of specifics.”
Since arriving at Penn State, Franklin has been reluctant to discuss player injuries. However, the program has confirmed season-ending injuries via press release in the past.
Reid, a returning starter from St. Joe’s Prep in the Philadelphia area, appeared in all 14 games last season, making 14 starters. He was credited with 36 tackles, five tackles for loss, 19 passes defensed and a pass interception.
Reid was also the Lions’ primary punt returner a year ago, registering a long of 59 yards.
If the Lions are without Reid in 2017, veterans Grant Haley and Christian Campbell are the logical candidates to start with Amani Oruwariye and promising true freshman Lamont Wade pushing for playing time.