There is a reason for Minnesota coach Tim Brewster to be concerned entering the game against Purdue on Saturday. He has to game plan for the sack-happy Boilermaker defensive line.
Purdue averages 3.4 sacks per game, good for No.4 in the entire country while the Minnesota offense line ranks No. 28 in sacks allowed at 1.2 per contest. The Minnesota offensive line has done a great job keeping Adam Weber upright this season but they will be put to the test against the Boilermakers.
Their biggest test will be to somehow corral 6-foot-4, 263-pound defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. The senior leads the Big Ten in sacks, with 5.5, and the nation in tackles for loss, with 13. He's a big reason why Purdue leads the conference in sacks with 17.
"Ryan Kerrigan, I think, is one of the best defensive players in the Big Ten," Brewster said…"I don't want to say exactly how, you know, but we're going to have a plan for Kerrigan because I think he's that disruptive. I think the kid is really a great football player."
He went on to say, "The biggest thing I really admire about Ryan is his motor. He has a motor that runs all day long. He plays extremely hard, so we're going to have to do a really good job of accounting for him… I think the best word to describe Ryan is he's relentless. Just absolutely relentless."
Brewster knows containing Purdue's pressure on the quarterback won't be easy. "We've got our work cut out for us this week," he said.
Kickoff for Saturday's game when Minnesota visits Purdue is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.
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