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Penn State cornerback John Reid's return from a knee injury has added depth and much-needed leadership to Penn State's secondary this spring.

Penn State defense awaiting return of John Reid; LB Koa Farmer looks to become leader

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Penn State’s secondary was stellar last season, and three of those players may end up getting selected in early rounds of the NFL draft.

One piece missing last year was cornerback John Reid, who injured his knee in spring ball and never saw the field. Reid is an important piece to the defense this season and current Penn State wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins is eager to see him return, writes Land of 10’s Audrey Snyder.

Stepping up

Another key piece to not only the defense is the versatile Koa Farmer. He will anchor a very young linebacking corps that loses a veteran leader in Jason Cabinda, but welcomes freshman talent such as Micah Parsons.’s Mikey Mandarino writes that Farmer’s goal this season is to become the leader Penn State’s defense needs with so many young faces in key positions.

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In the mix

Penn State coach James Franklin, when not in Madison Square Garden watching basketball, has had his eye on a handful of potential recruits, and two are keeping Penn State in the mix.

Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue writes that 5-star cornerback Chris Steele and defensive lineman Antonio Alfano are keeping Penn State in their plans, for now.

Here to train

When Tim Bream left as Penn State’s director of athletic training services at the beginning of March, it left a void that needed a quick, but thorough fill.

On Thursday, the Nittany Lions found their man as the school hired Andy Mutnan. Pennlive’s Greg Pickel writes that Muntan will work under the recently promoted Renee Messina and will handle the day-to-day needs of Franklin’s program.

Banner year

Penn State basketball missed out on the NCAA Tournament, but got on a March run anyway.

The Nittany Lions, led by Lamar Stevens’ 28 points, hammered Utah 82-66 on Thursday night to claim the NIT championship at Madison Square Garden. Lions 247’s Andrew Callahan writes that Penn State started and finished the title game just like they did the semifinal win over Mississippi State to claim their second NIT title.

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