Nov. 5, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sophomore Joe Holland and junior Ryan Kerrigan earn most of their recognition for their play on the Purdue defense, but the two are now gaining accolades for their performance in the classroom as well. The Boilermaker starters have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V football team for a second consecutive year. Purdue has had 24 football student-athletes garner academic all-district honors over the last 13 years.
Both players are now on the ballot for Academic All-America honors.
Holland, a redshirt sophomore linebacker from Indianapolis, Ind., has yet to receive anything from a Purdue professor other than an 'A' in his college career. The 4.0 exercise and sports science major enters the 10th week of the season second on the team with 58 total tackles, including three for losses and a sack. He intercepted his first career pass in Purdue's season-opening win over Toledo on Sept. 5 and posted a career high 12 total tackles against Northwestern on Oct. 3. In addition to his two-time Academic All-District V honors, Holland was an Academic All-Big Ten team member as a redshirt freshman last year.
Kerrigan, a junior defensive end from Muncie, Ind., has posted a 3.38 cumulative grade point average in his math education major at Purdue. The Big Ten leader with nine sacks this season, Kerrigan is fifth on the team in total tackles with 56, including a team best 14.5 for losses. He has forced four fumbles this season and was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Bowl Championship Subdivision National and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording nine tackles, including four for losses and three sacks, and two fumbles forced and one recovered in Purdue's 26-18 upset of Ohio State on Oct. 17.
Holland, Kerrigan and the Purdue football team will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend to face the Wolverines at noon. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.