CAREER HIGHLIGHTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Game: Noteworthy Achievements: Established a school record by breaking up six passes in a game against Purdue (9/1/22)… Tied the Big Ten record for most pass breakups in a single game, sharing the feat with Jourdan Lewis of Michigan (vs. Michigan State, 2015) and Michael Carter of Minnesota (vs. Purdue, 2012).
2022 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON
Awards: Postseason: Recognized as a second-team All-America by the AFCA, Associated Press, FWAA, Walter Camp Football Foundation, and CBS Sports… Named first-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media… Received first-team AP All-Big Ten honors…Selected as a member of the Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten second team…Awarded the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player. Midseason: Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, and Lott IMPACT Trophy. Weekly: Named the Bednarik Award National Player of the Week (9/1)…Included in the Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week (9/1). Preseason: Listed on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
Season: Started ten games as a cornerback… Recorded 27 tackles (21 solo), 11 pass breakups, and one fumble recovery… Earned the Defensive Player of the Game recognition from the coaching staff after the Purdue game (9/1).
Rankings: Finished tied for third in the Big Ten and tied for 32nd nationally with 11 pass breakups…His six pass breakups against Purdue (9/1) were the second-most in an FBS game.
at Purdue (9/1): Set a new career high with six pass breakups…Recovered his first career fumble in the second quarter…Led the team with eight tackles, all of them solo. Ohio (9/10): Made a solo tackle. at Auburn (9/17): Contributed with two solo tackles. Central Michigan (9/24): Defended three passes…Registered five tackles (2 solo). Northwestern (10/1): Assisted in a tackle and had a pass breakup. at Michigan (10/15): Contributed four tackles (3 solo). Minnesota (10/22): Notched one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. Ohio State (10/29): Secured four solo stops. at Indiana (11/5): Made a solo tackle. Michigan State (11/26): Assisted in a tackle.
2021 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Awards: Named a third-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and received an honorable mention by the media.
Season: Started in all 13 games as a cornerback…Recorded 51 tackles (40 solo), one forced fumble, one interception, and four pass breakups…Earned the Coaching Staff’s Defensive Player of the Week recognition after the Auburn game (9/18).
at Wisconsin (9/4): Registered six tackles (4 solo) and one pass breakup…Made a crucial pass breakup to halt a potential scoring drive by Wisconsin in the fourth quarter. Ball State (9/11): Contributed with three solo tackles. Auburn (9/18): Recorded six tackles (4 solo), forced a fumble, and defended a pass. Villanova (9/25): Made three solo tackles. Indiana (10/2): Intercepted his first career pass…Added three tackles (two solo). at Iowa (10/9): Made three solo tackles and had a pass breakup. Illinois (10/23): Established a career-high with nine tackles (8 solo) and defended a pass. at Ohio State (10/30): Contributed two tackles. at Maryland (11/6): Registered five solo tackles. Michigan (11/13): Made a solo tackle. Rutgers (11/20): Made three tackles. at Michigan State (11/27): Recorded five tackles (3 solo). vs. Arkansas (1/1): Tallied two stops.
2020 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Awards: Postseason: Received All-Big Ten third team honors from the media and an honorable mention from the coaches. Weekly: Named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (12/7).
Season: Appeared in eight games and started in all of them…One of the 14 players who made their first career start…Registered 33 tackles (24 solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, and four pass breakups.
at Indiana (10/24): Recorded five tackles, all of them solo…Achieved his first career sack in the first quarter…Defended a pass as well. Ohio State (10/31): Contributed with five tackles, including three solo…Added a pass breakup. Maryland (11/7): Recorded three solo tackles. at Nebraska (11/14): Assisted on two tackles. Iowa (11/21): Recorded four solo tackles…Assisted on one additional tackle…Defended a pass. at Michigan (11/28): Registered four solo tackles…Defended a pass. at Rutgers (12/5): Established a career-best with six tackles, including four solo…Recorded one tackle for loss. Michigan State (12/12): Contributed with six tackles (4 solo)…Added one tackle for loss. Illinois (12/19): Recorded three tackles.
2019 • TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON
Season: Utilized as a redshirt…Appeared in four games…One of the 29 players to make their collegiate debut…Joined 19 other true freshmen who played.
at Maryland (9/27): Defended a pass. Purdue (10/5): Recorded his first career tackle. Rutgers (11/30): Made two solo tackles.
Played for head coach Art Walker at North Allegheny High School and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic for two seasons…Served as a team captain during his senior year…Led the Tigers to a 10-1 record and a Quad County Conference Class 6A title as a senior…Named a finalist for the 2018 Mr. Football Big School (Classes 4A-6A) Award…Received first-team All-USA Pennsylvania Football Team honors from USA Today in 2018…Selected as a first-team Class 6A All-State player by the Pennsylvania Football Writers as a senior…Recognized as a first-team Big 56 all-conference player in his final year…Contributed with 22 tackles, three interceptions, and four passes defended during his senior season… Also made 11 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns in 2018…Recorded 26 tackles, seven interceptions, and three pass breakups as a junior…Regarded as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN, and a three-star recruit by Rivals…Ranked as the No. 234 overall recruit, No. 24 cornerback, and No. 4 prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports…Ranked No. 281 overall, No. 19 safety, No. 30 in the region, and No. 2 in Pennsylvania by ESPN…Ranked No. 52 cornerback and No. 11 in Pennsylvania by Rivals…Earned four letters in track & field.
Joey Eugene Porter Jr. is his full name…Son of Christy and Joey Porter Sr….Has two brothers, Jacob and Willie, and two sisters, Jayla and Jasmine…Father, Joey Sr., previously served as the outside linebackers coach for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers from 2015 to 2018…Joey Sr. played football at Colorado State (1995-99) and had a 13-year career with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, and Arizona Cardinals…Cousin Jason Gildon played football at Oklahoma State (1990-94) and had a 10-year career with the Steelers and one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars…Cousin Larry Birdine Jr. played football at Oklahoma State and had a three-year NFL career…Cousin Sheldon Croney Jr. played football at Iowa State…Enjoys playing video games…Majoring in rehabilitation and human services with plans to take over his mother’s business, The Jasmine Nyree Day Center.