Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. has already received praise from national media in this young college football season.
Skip Bayless praised Porter for his performance in Week 1’s win over Purdue.
“How the Cowboys could use him opposite Trevon Diggs at corner,” Bayless tweeted. “Heck, some games, in place of Diggs.”
Pat McAfee also praised Porter on College Gameday ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Auburn.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 17, 2022
“They’ve got a guy named Joey Porter Jr.,” McAfee said. “Who is the son of Joey Porter Sr. Joey Porter Sr, menace in the NFL at linebacker.”
The elder Joey Porter had an excellent NFL career, playing most of it for McAfee’e hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. Porter Sr. made five All-Pro teams in his 13-year career, playing with the Steelers from 1999-2006 and winning a Super Bowl in the 2005 season.
“(Porter Sr.) was a problem,” McAfee said. “His son, the same thing at corner for Penn State.”
Porter’s game at Purdue may have been the best of his career. Although he wasn’t perfect in Week 1- dropping an interception on Purdue’s first drive that could have been a pick-six, and getting called for a pass interference in the red zone early in the third quarter— Porter forced six incompletions (per Pro Football Focus), broke up three passes (two in the fourth quarter) and held his own through 16 targets.
The six forced incompletions were the most since PFF started tracking college football in 2014.
McAfee then picked Penn State to beat Auburn because he doesn’t think “we know anything about Auburn yet.”