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Sporting News names Kerrigan unanimous All-America

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Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 3:19 pm

Ryan Kerrigan has been named an All-America first team by The Sporting News to make him the first unanimous selection at Purdue since 1980.

The last two unanimous All-America teams selections were Mark Herrmann and Dave Young in 1980. Kerrigan was seventh such player in school history. Ricardo Allen also garnered recognition from the publication, earning first team Freshman All-America honors.

As determined by the NCAA, Kerrigan earned unanimous status by being listed as a first team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America, the Associated Press and The Sporting News.

Kerrigan's feat is made even more impressive when factoring in that not only is he merely one of 10 players to earn unanimous honors in 2010, he is the only selection that played for a team with a losing record. The nine other unanimous All-Americas in 2010 are Oregon running back LaMichael James, Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, Florida State offensive lineman Rodney Hudson, Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, LSU defensive back Patrick Peterson and Nebraska defensive back Prince Amukamara.

The senior defensive end, who was named the Big Ten Defensive Player and Lineman of the Year, wrapped up the regular season as the national leader in tackles for loss (26.0) and third among all Football Bowl Subdivision players in sacks (12.5). He finished fifth for Purdue with a career-high 70 total tackles, the most by a defensive lineman in the Big Ten in 2010, and recorded five fumbles forced to improve his career mark to 14, a figure that ties for the most in FBS history.

His tackle for loss total was third-best in a season in Purdue history and his sack tally sixth. He finished with at least one sack in nine of the Boilermakers' 12 games, at least one tackle for loss in 11 of 12 and multiple TFLs in eight games. He ended up fifth in Purdue history with 57.0 career TFLs and tied for second with 33.5 sacks.

Joining Kerrigan with postseason honors from The Sporting News is cornerback Allen. The Daytona Beach, Fla., native led Purdue with three interceptions in 2010 and was one of only seven players in the nation to return two or more picks for touchdowns. He finished with 129 return yards on interceptions to rank fifth in the country and first in the Big Ten Conference. Allen finished tied for third on the team with 73 total tackles, including 56 solo stops and 3.5 for losses with one sack.

The Sporting News All-Americas at Purdue


Duane Purvis, HB


Dave Rankin, E


Dave Rankin, E


Alex Agase, G

Tony Butkovich, FB


Bernie Flowers, E


John Charles, DB


Leroy Keyes, HB


Leroy Keyes, DB

1969Tim Foley, DB

Mike Phipps, QB

1972Otis Armstrong, HB

Dave Butz, DT


Carl Capria, DB


Larry Burton, WR


Ken Novak, DT


Dave Young, TE


Rod Woodson, KR


Travis Dorsch, K


Taylor Stubblefield, WR


Ryan Kerrigan, DE

Unanimous All-Americans at Purdue

1932 - Paul Moss, E

1967 - Leroy Keyes, HB

1968 - Leroy Keyes, HB-DB

1969 - Mike Phipps, QB

1980 - Mark Herrmann, QB

1980 - Dave Young, TE

2010 - Ryan Kerrigan, DE


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