Penn State Safety Jaquan Brisker and Defensive End Arnold Ebiketie Accept Senior Bowl Invitations

By Nick Polak on November 17, 2021 at 10:27 am
Nov 13, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Arnold Ebiketie (17) reacts follow a sack on Michigan Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara (12) (not pictured) during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium.
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It was announced on Tuesday that Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker and defensive end Arnold Ebiketie accepted invitations to the 2022 Senior Bowl, held annually in Mobile, Alabama. The pair joins defensive end/linebacker Jesse Luketa, who also accepted his invitation on Tuesday.

Brisker was invited to participate in the Senior Bowl a year ago and accepted, but ultimately opted to return to Penn State for a final season in Happy Valley. With his eligibility now exhausted, he will appear in Mobile this year, barring injury.

Luketa and Ebiketie, on the other hand, still have the option to return to Penn State for one more season. Ebiketie is almost surely gone, given his impressive production in his first year in State College. Luketa seems likely to enter his name into the NFL Draft, as well, given the marketability of his positional versatility in the spread-happy NFL, though neither has said anything definitive on the matter (and won't until season's end at the earliest).

Brisker has played at an All-American level in 2021, dominating close to the line of scrimmage and as a deep safety. After getting a ton of offseason hype, he has more than made good on it to the tune of 48 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and 4 passes defended. It would be a shock to see his name omitted from the All-American lists at season's end and is seen by many as a potential top-two-round selection in the draft.

Ebiketie has been equally as dominant from his edge rusher position. The Temple transfer was always expected to be a valuable contributor along the defensive line, but he has been a revelation this fall. With 53 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and a forced fumble, he has been one of the best edge rushers in all of college football. He was far from a known commodity before the season began, but with a good showing in Alabama paired with what will almost assuredly be a strong combine performance, Ebiketie could very easily hear his name called in the first two days of the draft (assuming he declares).

Reporters will provide clips from the Senior Bowl practices all through the week in the lead-up to the game, as per usual. The game itself will then take place on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Roar Lions Roar will keep you updated should any other Nittany Lions accept invitations to participate.