Pair of Penn State football stars retire from Outback Bowl, enter NFL draft

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Penn State Football safety Jaquan Brisker and wide receiver Jahan Dotson both announced via Twitter today that they will be stepping down from the Outback Bowl and entering their names in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Penn State Football star wide receiver Jahan Dotson broke the inevitable news to Nittany Nation on Twitter Monday night that he would in fact be stepping down from the Outback Bowl and putting his name in the NFL Draft.

Dotson surprised fans when he decided to return for the 2021 season and after once again dominating the competition, it looks like he is set to become a first-round pick in April.

The Nazareth, Pa. Native caught 91 passes for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, exceeding even the most optimistic projections. He leaves Penn State Football with 183 career receptions for 2,757 yards and 26 total touchdowns, making him one of the greatest to ever make it in blue and white.

Dotson has accepted an invite to Reese’s Senior Bowl along with a few other draft-eligible senior Nittany Lions, but he’ll have the most eyes on him as he plans to be a virtual lock to be a first-round pick.

ESPN’s two draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay brought him into the latter part of the first round in their first mock drafts, and at one point he was even the eighth ranked player on the big board. Kiper’s draft in October.

His climax reel will mimic that of Saquon Barkley, Micah Parsons and Allen Robinson, leaving him in Penn State football lore. There won’t be a Jahan Dotson replacement in 2022 or beyond, but Nittany Lion fans should be thankful for the Saturdays they watched and cheered on Dotson in a Penn State Football uniform.

Penn State Football will be without another defensive star when it faces Arkansas in the Outback Bowl on New Years Day.

Senior safety Jaquan Brisker announced Monday that he will be retiring from the Outback Bowl to focus on the NFL draft in April, marking the end of his days with the Nittany Lions.

The former JUCO star also had a choice to enter the draft last season, but chose to return to Happy Valley and it looks like it was a smart move, a choice that will likely make Brisker a lot of money. as he plans to be a first or second round pick this year.

Brisker was sensational last season, winning All-American second-team honors from the Associated Press and was named Penn State Football’s MVP by coach and player votes.

He was fourth on the team with 63 total tackles, but also added two interceptions, five broken assists and a fumble recovered. He and Ji’Ayir Brown, who announced he would return for one final season in 2022, formed one of the country’s best safety tandems last season.

Brisker has already accepted an invitation to Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this winter, where he will have the chance to appear in front of all 32 NFL teams against the top seniors in college football.

The ESPN draft rankings put Brisker 56th among the best players in this year’s draft and two pundits, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, place him in the top three in his post.


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