Kerrigan Accepts Invite To Senior Bowl

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan has accepted an invitation to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan has accepted an invitation to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 27, 2010

MOBILE, Ala. -- The North roster for next month's Under Armour Senior Bowl just got a whole lot better. Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, has officially accepted an invitation to the 2011 game.

Kerrigan's invitation marks a fifth straight year at least one Boilermaker will play in the prestigious game, and he is the 13th Purdue representative in the past eight seasons.

The 62nd game is scheduled for 3pm (CT) on Saturday, January 29 in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. It will be televised live by NFL Network.

"Ryan has proven to be one of the most dominant pass rushers in the nation," said Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale. "He is an outstanding prospect and a player that I think will really turn some heads down here in Mobile."

In addition to claiming Big Ten Defensive Player of the year honors this season, Kerrigan was also named the Big Ten's Defensive Lineman of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. He was also a semifinalist for the Lombardi, Lott and Bednarik awards this season. The unanimous first-team All-American (Walter Camp, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, AFCA Coaches) leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the country with 12.5 sacks on the season and is fifth on his team with 70 tackles, including 50 solo stops.

"Seeing all of the great players that have come through and played in the Senior Bowl it really is an honor to be invited to this game and to be able to participate in it," Kerrigan said. "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity."

Kerrigan's 2.17 tackles for loss per game is the best in the country and accounts for 26 tackles for loss on the year which is the seventh-best single-season total in Big Ten history. He also forced five fumbles this year, giving him 14 for his career, matching the NCAA record and breaking the Big Ten record held by Simeon Rice and Bob Sanders.

"I'm just looking to work hard and show the coaches that I can compete with the best around the country," Kerrigan added. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play against the guys that are going to be there--the best offensive tackles around, the best overall players. I'm really looking forward to it and it's an opportunity I'm going to embrace."

 

 

For his career, Kerrigan finished tied for second on Purdue's all-time list with 33.5 career sacks and is fifth in career tackles for loss with 57. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of another former Big Ten standout, Brandon Graham. Graham was the MVP of the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl after leading the country in tackles for loss last year at Michigan.

"It would be great if I did (win the MVP)," Kerrigan said. "I'm just looking forward to going down there and competing and playing my best and hopefully showing the scouts and NFL coaches that I can play with the best guys around the nation."

The Senior Bowl is college football's premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at www.seniorbowl.com.

Purdue's All-Time Senior Bowl Participants

1950
Harry Szulborski, HB

1953
Bill Bruner, T
Bernie Flowers, E

1955
Tom Betti s, G

1956
Joe Krupa, G
Bill Murakowski, FB

1957
Len Dawson, QB
Bob Khoenle, E
Ed Voytek, G

1958
Neil Habig, C

1959
Tom Franckhauser, E
Gene Selawski, T

1960
Bob Jarus, FB

1961
Jerry Beabout, T

1965
Ed Flanagan, C

1966
Karl Singer, OT

1967
John Charles, DB

1973
Dave Butz, DT
Darryl Stingley, WR

1976
Ken Long, OT

1977
Blane Smith, TE

1990
Derrick Kelson, CB
Dwayne O'Connor, TE

1991
Steve Jackson, DB
Darrin Trieb, LB

1993
Eric Hunter, QB

2001
Matt Light, OT

2002
Akin Ayodele, DE

2004
Nick Hardwick, C
Niko Koutouvides, LB
Shaun Phillips, DE
Stuart Schweigert, DB

2005
Kyle Orton, QB
Taylor Stubblefield, WR

2007
Anthony Spencer, DE

2008
Cliff Avril, DE
Dorien Bryant, WR

2009
Alex Magee, DT
Kory Sheets, RB

2010
Mike Neal, DT

2011
Ryan Kerrigan, DE