Oct. 18, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - On the heels of its thrilling 26-18 victory over seventh-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, two Purdue football players have been named Big Ten Players of the Week.
Junior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, who earlier was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and National Defensive Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards, earned similar recognition from the Big Ten, while sophomore kicker-punter Carson Wiggs was feted with special team honors.
Kerrigan, from Muncie, Ind., had a monster game against the Buckeyes, racking up a team-best nine tackles, including four for loss and three sacks. He had two fumbles forced, including one on Ohio State's second play from scrimmage, and recovered his own forced fumble on a sack of Terrelle Pryor for a loss of 21 yards in the second quarter.
Wiggs, a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, drilled four field goals - from 32, 27, 55 and 49 yards out - punted three times for an average of 42.3 yards per kick and had his third special teams tackle of the season on an Ohio Sate kickoff return to boot. He was honorable mention Placekicker Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
The league recognition is the first for both players. The last Boilermakers to earn defensive and special teams honors were end Cliff Avril in 2006 and fullback Frank Halliburton, who blocked two punts, in 2008.
Purdue hosts Illinois Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon, and the game will be televised by ESPN2.