Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan, The Draft Study

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High School

  • Attended Muncie High School (Indiana)
  • ranked as No. 43 strong side defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com
  • ranked as No. 3 overall prospect in Indiana by Rivals.com
  •  first team all-state and coaches’ Top 50 selection as senior after leading state with 19 sacks among 90 tackles
  •  Defensive Lineman of the Year in Mr. Football voting
  • had 40 receptions for 789 yards (19.7 average) and six touchdowns as tight end
  •  first team all-state as junior after recording 67 tackles, including 14 sacks, with two fumble recoveries and one interception (returned 83 yards for a touchdownalso played baseball and basketball.


The Accomplishments and Awards(Link)


  • Appeared in 12 games
  • had 18 tackles (12 solo, 6 assists), including 1.0 sack
  • had six tackles (3 solo, 3 assists) vs. Central Michigan in Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26
  • played as true freshman


  • Honorable mention All-Big Ten by media
  • Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-District V
  • appeared in all 12 games, including 11 starts
  •  ranked seventh in Big Ten in sacks (7.0) and 10th in tackles for loss (11.5)
  • shared team lead with two forced fumbles


  •  Received team’s Pit Bull Award – Defense (exemplified and sustained tenacity and intense play) for spring practice
  • honorable mention All-American by College Football Insiders and SI.com
  • first team All-Big Ten by media and second team by coaches
  • second team Academic All-American
  •  topped Big Ten and ranked third nationally with 13.0 sacks
  • ranked fourth in Big Ten with 18.5 tackles for loss
  • fourth on team with 66 tackles (41 solo, 25 assists)
  • had two pass breakups and one fumble recovery
  •  equaled season high of nine tackles (6 solo, 3 assists), including 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks, at Wisconsin on Oct. 31 (and we all know how amazing the Badgers offensive line is, not too mention the size-gigantice if you don’t know)


  • Team co-captain
  • received team’s Most Valuable Player Award for defense
  • first unanimous All-American at Purdue since 1980 and merely the seventh in school history
  • named first team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, The Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America, the Associated Press and The Sporting News
  • Si.com first team All-American
  • Rivals.com first team All-American
  • Collegefootballnews.com first team All-American
  • Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (coaches and media votes)
  • Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (coaches)
  • first team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • runner up for the Ted Hendricks Award (nation’s outstanding defensive end)
  • semifinalist for Chuck Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award and Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy
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