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Jaquan Brisker Drafted No. 48 Overall By Chicago Bears

After wreaking havoc on college quarterbacks for years, Jaquan Brisker is off to the NFL.

The All-American safety was selected by the Chicago Bears with the No. 48 overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday. He becomes the first Penn State safety drafted since Nick Scott was picked by the Los Angeles Rams in 2019.

Brisker is now the third Nittany Lion to come off the board during this year’s draft, joining Jahan Dotson and Arnold Ebiketie.

Before transferring to Penn State after the 2018 season, the Pittsburgh native was a two-time letterman during his first two collegiate seasons at Lackawanna College. Following his move to Happy Valley, Brisker immediately made an impact, playing in all 13 games of the 2019 season with two interceptions and 32 total tackles.

He then solidified himself as one of Penn State’s most crucial defensive players when he started all nine games of the 2020 campaign, registering a team-high five pass breakups with one interception and 57 tackles. He earned first-team All-American and All-Big Ten honors from Pro Football Focus.

Brisker’s best season with the Nittany Lions came in 2021 when he registered one fumble recovery, 63 tackles, six tackles for loss, and two interceptions, including one takeaway against Wisconsin that helped jumpstart the Nittany Lions’ season. He became the third Penn State defensive back since 2000 to record at least 5.5 tackles for loss in a season, and he earned first-team All-American honors from CBS Sports and 247Sports.

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Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a senior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the New York Rangers and Mets, along with every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Rangers and Penn State content or email him at [email protected].

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