Jaquan Brisker Will Return to Penn State for 2021 Season

By Matthew Filipovits on January 11, 2021 at 12:40 pm
Nov 7, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions safety Jaquan Brisker (1) breaks up a pass intended for Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (5) during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker will return in 2021, taking advantage of the free year of eligibility granted by the NCAA in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A transfer from Lackawanna Community College, Brisker was the third safety for the Nittany Lions in 2019 before sliding into the starting lineup this past season. The Monroeville native ranked third on the Nittany Lions in tackles with 67, led the team in pass breakups (4), and tied for the team lead in interceptions (1). He earned All-Big Ten honors from Big Ten coaches and was named first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus.

Brisker is the second senior to opt to take an extra year of eligibility, joining cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields. The Nittany Lions will now return three starters in the secondary and four of their top five tacklers overall.

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