PSU Football: Cornerback John Reid rehabbing nicely


For The Express

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If he absolutely had to, cornerback John Reid probably could play in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl.

He won’t play, of course, but that’s how much progress Reid has made since suffering a knee injury in spring ball that wound up costing him the entire season.

“I feel really good, my body feels good, I feel fast,” Reid said Thursday, the first time he’s been available to the media all season.

“If we pushed it, yeah, I would be able to (play),” he added.

Reid’s injury cost Penn State not only one of its best players this season, but also one of its team leaders.

He was still able to stay involved with the team and helped out as much as he could with advice to teammates. James Franklin and the coaching staff thought so much of the young man that Reid was on the travel roster for every road game.

“I had told Coach Franklin I was really appreciate how they handled everything on my injury,” Reid said. “Outside of me not playing, I still felt like I was really involved with everything.

“They kept me involved entirely. I told him I was really appreciative of that. Because when you get hurt, I know at certain different schools, you almost feel like you have a falling out. But here I was really grateful they kept me very involved.”

Reid said he will be ready to go for winter workouts and spring ball, so he should be fine for his junior season in 2018. What he learned most about himself while sitting out this season is how much he misses the game, plus new ways to view things from the sidelines.

“The biggest down (moment) was just initially when (the injury) happened because you’ve got to think most of us have been working, me I’ve been working since I was 7 years old, and I had never really gotten hurt,” Reid said.

“To get an injury that they say it’s going to take a little while and take a lot of patience, initially it’s tough, but you just have to realize a bunch of people have been through it. And the real you really comes out, the type of man you are, the type of confidence you have in yourself, that really shows.”

As far as helping out during games, Reid said he constantly talks to the other defensive backs about what he’s seeing.

“When dudes get a chance to really own a (receiver), to get him at the line, sometimes they want to give it up,” he said. “I’ll be telling them, stay on them, stay competing, stay hounding them. Because you can really see everything from the sideline, (but) when you’re in it, you don’t notice everything. So I just try to give them a different perspective.”

Barbour’s thoughts

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour discussed numerous issues during a Q&A with the media Thursday. Some of the notables:

– The College Football Playoff committee’s criteria for selecting the final four teams remains a bit of a mystery, and Barbour, along with just about everyone else, would like some consistency with the selection process.

“I think there have been mixed signals, and I think that it does make it difficult,” Barbour said.

She also noted, “What guidance is the College Football Playoff giving us from a non-conference scheduling standpoint, because obviously what we want to do is put ourselves in the best position to be selected every year.”

There are guidelines spelled out, but Barbour noted, “Those are different people in the room (each year), the committee makeup is different. I think the first couple of years, the signal was probably around strength of schedule. I think these last two, that’s been a little more iffy.”

– Barbour said there have been no further discussions about continuing the series with Pitt, which is set to expire in 2019.