29 days before Penn State football

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After a year that has featured several stops and starts for college football and incredible uncertainty regarding the 2020 season, Penn State is trying to embark on a relatively ‘normal’ 2021 campaign. The Nittany Lions rebounded from a disastrous 0-5 opened last fall to end on a four-game winning streak, then used the transfer portal and another recruiting class to rearrange the list.

PSU returns to action on September 4 in Wisconsin, and in the meantime, our Countdown to Kickoff series will feature players whose uniform numbers match the number of days left. We continue with No. 29 and focus on the recent star of the Nittany Lions John reid.

CONTEXT
Prior to enrolling at Penn State, Reid helped lead St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia) back to back PIAA Class AAAA Championships in 2013 and 2014, featuring both sides of the ball and winner Pennsylvania Football News Senior Defensive Player of the Year. He was rated by 247Sports as a four-star prospect and the country’s No.18 cornerback in 2015.

Penn State began building a relationship with him under former head coach Bill O’Brien (more on him in a moment), and Reid was among the top recruiting priorities for Franklin when he was hired in January 2014. Les Nittany Lions landed his engagement the following summer, ahead of Reid’s high school season.

PENN STATE SUCCESS
Reid broke through as a Penn State freshman, appearing in all 13 games during the 2015 season and starting twice along the way. His role expanded as a sophomore, when he started every game of the Penn State March to the 2016 Big Ten Championship and earned an honorable mention at all conferences.

Adversity struck the following spring when Reid suffered an ACL tear on the left knee, which cost him the entire 2017 season.

“I would say the hardest part of coming back from an injury is just your instinct for football,” Reid said in 2019. “I guess in my case, since I’ve been playing football for so long. ‘years in a row, and then to get through a season, my instincts came back eventually, but it definitely took a lot longer than I thought. I expected it to be almost instantaneous, but it didn’t. is not really realistic. “

He missed two early-season games in 2018, but gradually appeared more comfortable in the playing action during the later stages of this calendar and tied career highs with two interceptions and 10 stoppages. . Reid appeared to fully regain his confidence in 2019 as totaling recorded 37 tackles, one sack, eight missed passes and two interceptions – one came back for a touchdown.

He ended his college career with 40 starts.

BEYOND THE HAPPY VALLEY
Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, Reid used his invitation to the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He posted the fastest shuttle time (3.97 seconds) from any position, completed the 40-yard sprint in 4.49 seconds, and justified his efforts in the field drills.

Reid was one of five Penn State players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. He joined the Houston Texans in Round 4, landing at 141 overall and becoming the first Nittany Lion drafted by O ‘ Brien, who praised his early progress last preseason.

“He had maybe the best camp of all the rookies,” said O’Brien. “Some of these guys come here as rookies and they just know how to work. He already has a routine. He’s here early. He takes care of his body. He’s studying the gang. He is in a meeting. He spends more time with his coaches. He takes advantage of his representatives. He’s just really focused.

Houston fired O’Brien after a 0-4 start, and he has since resurfaced as the offensive coordinator in Alabama. Reid eventually made 13 games as a rookie, starting once and totaling 13 tackles with a broken pass.

Now 25, Reid will work to secure his place in the regular-season 53-man roster and gain increased opportunities in the defensive backfield, as well as special team coverage. Houston opens its preseason schedule Aug. 14 at the Green Bay Packers.

* Walk-in players Sebastian Costantini and Henry Fessler will wear number 29 for Penn State in 2021.

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Previous profiles of the countdown:

30: DL Kevin Givens
31: LB Shane Conlan / LB Paul Posluszny
32: RB Ki-Jana Carter
33: DL Bryce Mostella
34: DL Shane Simmons
35: LB Trey Bauer
36: DL Zuriah Fisher
37: DB Drew Hartlaub
38: RB Smith tank top
39: RB Curtis Enis
40: LB Jesse Luketa
41: LB Kobe King
42: LB Jamari Buddin
43: LB Tyler Elsdon
44: DL Joseph Appiah Darkwa / TE Tyler Warren
45: LB Charlie Katshir
46: DL Nick Tarburton
47: DL Jordan Hill
48: DL Shareef Miller
49: DL Daniel Joseph
50: OL Jeff Hartings
51: DL Hakeem Beamon / OL Jimmy Christ
52: OL Blake Zalar
53: DL Fred Hansard / OL Rasheed Walker
54: DL Derrick Tangelo
55: DL Fatorma Mulbah / OL Anthony Whigan
56: DL Amin Vanover
57: OL Ibrahim Traore
58: OL Landon Tengwall
59: BY Aaron Maybin
60: DL Matt Millen
61: OL Stefen Wisniewski
62: OL Michal Menet
63: OL Joe Iorio
64: OL John Urschel
65: OL Miles Dieffenbach
66: OL Nick Dawkins
67: OL Kareem McKenzie
68: DL Mike Reid
69: OL CJ Thorpe
70: OL Juice Scruggs
71: OL Will Fries
72: OL Bryce Effner
73: OL Mike Miranda
74: OL Olu Fashanu
75: OL Des Holmes
76: DL Steve Smear
77: OL Saleem Wormley
78: OL Golden Israel-Achumba
79: OL Caédan Wallace
80: WR Malick Meiga
81: TE Kyle Brady
82: WR Kenny Jackson
83: WR Joe jurevicius
84: TE Theo Johnson
85: DL Ollie Ogbu
86: TE Brenton Strange
87: TE Pat Freiermuth
88: WR Norval Black
89: WR Winston Eubanks
90: BY Rodney McGraw
91: DT D’Von Ellies
92: K Jake Pinegar
93: DT Brandon Noble
94: Undefeated 1994 team
95: DT Cole Brevard
96: DT Emmanuel Iyke
97: DT PJ Mustipher
98: K / P Jordan Stout
99: DT Coziah Izzard

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