September 12, 2018
Redshirt junior cornerback John Reid, who missed last season due to a serious knee injury, did not play at Pitt. And he might not play against Kent State, either.
Franklin is “hopeful” that Reid will suit up and actually see the field Saturday. Last week, the coach said Reid — who didn’t participate in the fourth quarter or overtime against Appalachian State in Week 1 — “played like a guy who hadn’t played in a year.”
In Reid’s absence at Pitt, Donovan Johnson started at the nickel corner and impressed. The redshirt freshman did not allow a reception and pressured Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett twice off edge blitzes.
Like Reid, backup quarterback Tommy Stevens did not play against the Panthers. Instead, third-stringer Sean Clifford spelled Trace McSorley when the game was fully out of reach.
Stevens — who has dressed, but didn’t see the field against App State — suffered a lower left leg injury in the offseason.