Ranked number one for tackles in 2020, Jaquan Brisker has been on my radar for a while now. I graded him the number two safety in the country ahead of the season, and after this weekend’s performance against Wisconsin, I might have to move him up just one more spot.
Jaquan Brisker is a name you should learn, read up on, and be ready for come April. He plays for his brother, who sadly passed when Jaquan was 15 years old, and the drive to be great comes largely from honouring his brothers ambition for him to be great. He is every bit a first round talent and if he continues to play the way he did this weekend, I’d expect to see him gone early on day one. There aren’t many players across all of college football that I’m more excited about right now, and I wanted to share this one with all of you!
On Saturday night, a defensive showdown stole the limelight from both teams in a tough and gritty match up between Penn State and Wisconsin. Brisker was the best player on the field for the Nittany Lions. He continues to show up when it matters, and it was only right that he iced the game with a perfectly timed interception on the goal line in the dying moments. His stat line for the day read like this: 5 tackles, 1 assisted, 2 targets with 0 completions, 1 pass break up, and 1 interception. He was also down multiple times throughout the game, and battled his way back onto the field. Brisker is believed to be dealing with a little shoulder trouble, but that didn’t stop him from leading the defence from start to finish.
PFF graded him an 85.7, the highest grade on the field. His coverage was exquisite, and his nose for the football showed throughout the game. He had stops on the line of scrimmage, as well as stuffing a run right up the middle. Brisker was originally a strong safety, but worked his way into a new role on the free side ahead of the 2020 season. He now looks even more comfortable in that role, and looks like he’ll be a key piece for Penn State throughout the season.
He lines up across the defence, taking 26 snaps at the free safety position, 25 in the box, 3 on the defensive line, and 6 in the slot. His football IQ shouldn’t be understated, and that versatility is something NFL teams will love as the draft approaches. He’s a guy i’d expect to rise up draft boards heftily if he continues to play like that all season. Somebody to be extremely excited about.
Check out Briskers highlight tape from last season here…