Penn State Defensive End/Linebacker Jesse Luketa Named PFF College Football Week 2 Defensive MVP

By Matthew Filipovits on September 13, 2021 at 11:00 am
Sep 11, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Jesse Luketa (40) celebrates with his teammates after intercepting the ball and scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Ball State Cardinals at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Ball State 44-13. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State defensive end/linebacker was named Pro Football Focus' defensive MVP this week after logging four tackles, .5 tackles for loss, and recording his first career pick-six.

Luketa split time between linebacker and edge rusher during the game while Ellis Brooks sat out the first half due to his targeting penalty against Wisconsin. While Luketa has been an average linebacker during his time in Happy Valley, he's looked the part of a star defensive end in his two games there so far.

The Nittany Lions need a big game out of not only Luketa, but the entire defensive front as their set to take on an Auburn offense that's put up over 60 points in each of their first two games.

Saturday's Whiteout kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

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