Nov. 28, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Seven Purdue football players have earned All-Big Ten honors for the 2011 season, as voted by the conference coaches and media and announced tonight on the Big Ten Network.
Junior defensive tackle Kawann Short, Purdue's 2011 Defensive Team MVP, was selected first team all-league in a vote by the conference media and second team by the coaches. He finished the regular season with his most productive year as a Boilermaker with career-highs in total tackles (53), tackles for loss (17.0-53 yards) and sacks (6.5-31). He also blocked a pair of kicks, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass this season. Short finished the regular season ranked tied for 13th nationally and tied for third in the Big Ten in tackles for loss and tied for sixth in the conference in sacks.
Sophomore punter Cody Webster was recognized with second team all-conference honors by both the coaches and the media. Webster finished the regular season with 44 punts for 1,904 yards and a 43.3 yards per punt average. He placed 11 of his punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line, finished with 13 punts over 50 yards, including a season-long 66-yarder against Minnesota on Oct. 8, and remarkably did not have a single touchback all season.
Joining Short and Webster on the second team in voting conducted by the league's coaches were sophomore cornerback Ricardo Allen and senior kicker Carson Wiggs. Allen wrapped up his second regular season with 72 tackles, including three for losses, three interceptions, three passes broken up, a fumble forced and a fumble recovered. In merely his 17th collegiate game, Allen tied the Purdue career record for interceptions returned for touchdowns, when he scampered 37 yards against Minnesota on Oct. 8 for his third pick-six.
Wiggs finished the regular season 16 of 21 on field goal tries, including making his last nine consecutive attempts. He was honored as the Nov. 28 Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after going 4 for 4 on field goal attempts against Indiana, which matched his career high by hitting from 48, 43, 29 and 22 yards out, and also connecting on all three PAT attempts to account for 15 of Purdue's 33 points in the game. Wiggs is the most accurate kicker in school history (73.6 percent, 53 for 72) and has the second-most field goals ever at Purdue (53).
Allen, junior linebacker Dwayne Beckford, senior linebacker Joe Holland, senior offensive tackle Dennis Kelly and Wiggs all received honorable mention recognition from the media, with Holland and Kelly also doubling up with honorable mention accolades from the coaches.
Purdue's 2011 All-Big Ten Team Members
Ricardo Allen (Second Team Coaches, Honorable Mention Media)
72 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 3 INT, TD, 3 PBU, FF, FF
Dwayne Beckford (Honorable Mention Media)
91 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, INT, 4 PBU, FF
Joe Holland (Honorable Mention Coaches and Media)
85 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, INT, 5 PBU
Dennis Kelly (Honorable Mention Coaches and Media)
12 startsin 2011, 36 consecutive starts, 10 of 12 games Purdue rushed for 100+ yards
Kawann Short (First Team Media, Second Team Coaches)
53 tackles, 17.0 TFL, 6.5 sacks, PBU, FF, FR, two blocked kicks
Cody Webster (Second Team Coaches and Media)
44 punts, 1,904 yards, 43.3 avg., 6 FC, 11 I20, 13 50+, long of 66 yards
Carson Wiggs (Second Team Media, Honorable Mention Coaches)
16-21 FG, 76.2 pct., long of 52 yards, 35-36 PAT, 83 points