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Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr. Named Bednarik Award Defensive Player of the Week

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Joey Porter Jr. played like a first-round draft pick Thursday night at Purdue, and the Bednarik Award rewarded him with the Bednarik Award National Defensive Player of the Week. 

In Penn State’s season opener, Porter finished with a team-high eight tackles, broke up three passes– two in the fourth quarter– and, according to Pro Football Focus, forced six incompletions, which tied for the most by a Power Five cornerback since PFF began tracking college football in 2014. 

Purdue targeted Porter 14 times but held his ground and impressed one Skip Bayless.

“Just watched Penn State’s Joey Porter dominate,” Bayless wrote.

 Bayless then pushed for his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, to draft Porter and reunite him with former Penn State teammate Micah Parsons, who now is an NFL star for the Cowboys. 

Parsons is also part of a weekly segment on FS1’s “Undisputed,” a show which Bayless co-hosts with Shannon Sharpe.

“How the Cowboys could use him opposite Trevon Diggs at corner,” Bayless tweeted. “Heck, some games, in place of Diggs.”

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