The Penn State defense has been stout this season, headlined by a dominant secondary, and the most formidable member of the unit, senior safety Jaquan Brisker, has been honored for his excellent play.
Brisker joined Notre Dame junior Kyle Hamilton as the Associated Press’s first-team All-American choice — through the halfway point of the 2021 college football season. As a key component of the Lions’ top five ranked scoring defense, Brisker’s been a linchpin.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and Texas running back Bijan Robinson headline the AP Midseason All-America Team.
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Brisker has recorded 25 tackles (15 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, defended three passes and picked off two passes for 39 yards. As a part of the Lions’ pass defense allowing just over 200 yards per game, his ball-hawking ability provides a true playmaker in the secondary.
Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III and Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum headline the Big 10’s All-American offensive members while Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Iowa cornerback Matt Hankins and Brisker are the conference’s defensive representatives.