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Ryan Kerrigan is deserving of more hype as a defensive player. His stats back it up.

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Position: Linebacker

Height: 6'4"  Weight: 260 lbs

College:  Purdue

Drafted: First Round Pick, 16th Overall

Ryan Kerrigan will be in his fifth season as a Washington Redskin and has started every game in his four years in the league. Here are five things to know about him:

#1. Patrick Ryan Kerrigan is from Muncie, Indiana and played his high school football at Muncie Central High School. According to the 247Sports Composite, he was a three star strong side defensive end from the class of 2007. He was ranked as the No. 35 strong side defensive end and the No.4 best player in Indiana.

He was three-year starter in high school and was first team all-state two years in a row as a junior and senior. He also was a coaches' Top 50 selection and Defensive Lineman of the Year in Mr.Football voting.  Kerrigan also played tight end for Muncie Central and as an upperclassmen, he had a combined 67 catches, 1,232 yards (18.1 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns. As a defensive end, he was even more productive. He had a combined 167 tackles and 33 sacks.

He received offers from Purdue, Ball State, Cincinnati, Indiana and Northern Illinois; he chose to play his college football at Purdue.

#2. As a freshman (2011), he played in 12 games and recorded 18 tackles (12 solo), one tackle for loss and one sack. In his sophomore year (2008), he showed tremendous improvement with 11 starts in 12 games. He had 56 tackles (31 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one interception, five passes defensed, and two forced fumbles. As a result of his improved play,  he received an All-Big Ten honorable mention by the media, Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-District V honors as well.

In his junior season (2009), his tackles, tackles for loss and sack numbers increased. He started all 12 games and had 66 tackles (41 solo), 18.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, two passes defensed and seven forced fumbles. The seven forced fumbles put him at No. 1 in the Big Ten and NCAA in those categories. He was also first in the Big Ten with his 13 sacks.

Below are the accolades he received:

  • Received team's Defensive Pit Bull Award - Given to the player who exemplifies and sustains tenacity and intense play during spring practice
  • Named to Ted Hendricks Award watch list (nation's outstanding defensive end)
  • Second team All-American by Rivals.com
  • All-American honorable mention by College Football Insiders and SI.com
  • First-team All-Big Ten by media and second team by coaches
  • Second-team Academic All-American
  • Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten
  • Received team's Most Valuable Player Award for defense

In his last season as a Purdue Boilermaker and team co-captain (2010), he started all 12 games for the second year in a row and had 70 tackles (50 solo), 26 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, one pass defensed and five forced fumbles. He was the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year and Consensus All-American. He was first in the Big Ten and NCAA in tackles for loss (26), and first only in the Big Ten in sacks with 12.


For his career, he had these numbers: 210 tackles  (134 solo), 57 tackles for loss, 33.5 sacks, one interception, eight passes defensed and 14 forced fumbles.  He was first in the Big Ten in career tackles for loss with his 57, and first and third in the Big Ten and NCAA with his 34 sacks.

Take a look at his other accolades and Purdue highlight film:
  • Received team's Most Valuable Player Award for defense
  • First unanimous All-American at Purdue since 1980 and merely the seventh in school history
  • Named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, The Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America, the Associated Press and The Sporting News
  • Si.com first-team All-American
  • Rivals.com first-team All-American
  • Collegefootballnews.com first-team All-American
  • Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (coaches)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • Runner up for the Ted Hendricks Award (nation's outstanding defensive end)
  • Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist
  • Rotary Lombardi Award and Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy winner


#3. Kerrigan was drafted 16th overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2011 NFL Draft and he has started every game in his four seasons.  Former Redskin and current Bleacher Report writer Matt Bowen feels like Kerrigan is deserving of more hype and recognition than he gets:

The Purdue product is extremely active with his hands when he rushes from a two-point stance in the Redskins’ 3-4 base front or when he drops down as a defensive end in the sub-packages. That allows him to get a jump off the ball and then swat down the initial punch from the offensive tackle while creating a path to the quarterback. Plus, he has the athletic ability to set up tackles at the point of attack, get them back on their heels and then convert speed to power.

#4. He had offseason knee surgery to prepare for the 2015 season and gave his status on where he is at the moment:

"My leg feels really good and I'm glad I got the surgery – not just for football but it makes my everyday life feel better so I'm glad I got it done. Now it's just a matter of getting strong and getting into shape."

#5. How did nobody in this particular store see that Ryan Kerrigan was an undercover Modell's Sales Associate?

Bottom Line: Ryan Kerrigan is a beast. I've always liked the way he played. With Brian Orakpo gone, Kerrigan will get a chance to shine and produce even more. In Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry's new defense, hopefully there will be more opportunities for Kerrigan to get more sacks and tackles for loss.