Nov. 26, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Highlighted by first team All-Big Ten honors for defensive tackle Kawann Short, six Purdue football players have been recognized by the Big Ten coaches and media members as all-conference selections.
Short, a first team selection by the coaches last season, was feted as such by both the coaches and the media this year. A native of East Chicago, Ind., short wrapped up his final regular season at Purdue with 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, four PBUs, four blocked kicks, two fumbles recovered and one forced. He finished the regular season tied for fourth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game and tied for fifth in sacks. With a bowl game remaining to be played, Short is eighth all-time at Purdue in both career tackles for loss (48.0) and sacks (18.5).
Cornerbacks Ricardo Allen (Coaches) and Josh Johnson (Media) were both recognized as second team selections. Allen, a junior from Daytona Beach, Fla., finished sixth for Purdue with 44 tackles, including 41 solo stops, with four tackles for loss and his second career sack. He broke up three passes and returned his lone interception this season for a touchdown, a school-record fourth of his career.
Johnson, a senior from Dade City, Fla., ended the regular season third on the team with 58 tackles, including 53 solo stops, with three tackles for loss, one sack three fumbles forced and one fumble recovery. His 19 passes defended (16 PBUs and three interceptions) placed him second in the Big Ten this season. Johnson recorded his first career pix-six against Marshall, racing 74 yards for the score.
Allen (Media) and Johnson (Coaches) were joined by Antavian Edison (Coaches and Media), Landon Feichter (Media) and Cody Webster (Coaches and Media) on the honorable mention list.
Purdue's 2012 All-Big Ten Team Members
CB Ricardo Allen (Second Team Coaches, Honorable Mention Media)
41-3-44, 4.0 TFL, 1.0 Sack, 1 INT, TD, 3 PBU, 1 FF
WR Atavian Edison (Honorable Mention Coaches and Media)
57 Rec., 625 yards, 8 TDs
S Landon Feichter (Honorable Mention Media)
50-26-76, 2.0 TFL, 4 INT, TD, 3 PBU
CB Josh Johnson (Second Team Media, Honorable Mention Coaches)
53-5-58, 3.0 TFL, 3 INT, TD, 16 PBU, FR, 3 FF
DT Kawann Short (First Team Coaches and Media)
34-8-42, 14.5 TFL, 6.0 Sacks, 4 PBU, 2 FR, FF, 4 Blocked Kicks
P Cody Webster (Honorable Mention Coaches and Media)
66 Punts, 2,806 yards, 42.5 avg., Long of 72 yards, 20 FC, 29 i20, 17 of 50+