Purdue’s football season might have ended ugly in a 58-14 loss to Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, but it looks to be a pretty future for Kawann Short.
The E.C. Central grad is projected to be a first- or early second-round NFL draft pick this coming April. According to nfldraftscout.com, Short is the No. 4 ranked defensive tackle, while another publication has him going to either the Denver Broncos or New England Patriots late in the first round.
Either way, it looks like Short will be working on Sundays in the near future.
The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Short battled an ankle injury late in the season, but still mustered 42 tackles, and team-highs in tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (6). He also blocked four kicks and was named to the 2012 Associated Press All-American Second Team.
Short, who blocked more field goals (6) than any player in school history, was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Short forced two fumbles and recovered one this season.
Munster’s Joe Torres, a junior linebacker, was named a 2012 Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete for the University of St. Francis (Fort Wayne).
Illinois senior B.J. Futrell (Mt. Carmel) was the runner-up at 141 pounds at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, recently held at Northwestern University in Evanston.
Futrell (18-1) suffered his first loss of the season, falling 5-1 to the top-seed, Oklahoma’s Kendric Maple, in the finals.
Crown Point’s Jason Tsirtsis might be redshirting at Northwestern, but he made sure he got into the action at the Midlands Championships, too. Tsirtsis finished eighth at 141 pounds.
Some thought Andrew Howe had vanished without a trace, but he is alive and well. The 2010 NCAA 165-pound national champion has left Wisconsin, but is currently redshirting at Oklahoma University. Howe, a three-time state champ at Hanover Central, left Wisconsin, and after tearing his ACL in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials in April, transferred to Oklahoma, where his dad Mike said he will redshirt and hopefully come back strong in 2014.
What a productive four years it was for Kelli Parks. The Andrean grad finished her career at IUPUI by netting second-team All-Summit League honors. Thanks to Parks, the IUPUI defense allowed only eight goals in eight league games.
For her career, Parks made 78 appearances, starting 45 games. She played virtually every position at IUPUI, and even scored the game-winning goal in the 2009 Summit League championship game.
Parks, the team’s top defender, started 18 of 19 games this season.
Grant Anikienko (Hobart) was honored as a 2012 Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete for the University of St. Francis.
Valparaiso native Brad Karp keeps netting honors at St. Xavier University. The junior guard has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Month three times, while also averaging a double-double for points and rebounds in the month of December.
Karp was honored at halftime of the Saturday’s home win over Holy Cross by being named the World Hyundai-St. Xavier December Athlete of the Month.
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