CMU safety Willie Reid to miss season opener

Central Michigan defensive back Willie Reid goes through stretches at practice Sept. 17 at the Bennett Track Field.

Central Michigan will be without redshirt sophomore safety Willie Reid in its 4 p.m. season opener Saturday at Missouri. The Detroit native is dealing with an undisclosed off-the-field issue, according to CMU assistant head coach Tim Skipper. There is no timetable for Reid's return. 

"Willie Reid is dealing with some stuff off the field that he's getting taken care of," Skipper said. "We'll get him back when we get him back. He has to deal with that and as always we keep him in our prayers." 

Reid started all six games at safety in 2020, earning first team All-Mid-American Conference honors. He led the conference in interceptions with three while his two fumble recoveries tied the league high.

The Detroit Cass Technical graduate first made an impact as a redshirt freshman in 2019, playing in all 14 games with eight starts. In his three-year playing career, Reid has amassed 70 total tackles, three interceptions and five passes defensed. 

In Reid's absence, graduate seniors Alonzo McCoy and Gage Kreski, along with junior Devonni Reed will start at the safety position. 

"We have a lot of guys at that position and we're excited about those guys," Skipper said. "It's an opportunity to get some good work in and get better everyday. We'll be fine going into game day and we're ready to roll." 

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.