PURDUE'S SHORT RECOGNIZED: Purdue's Kawann Short (E.C. Central) has received national recognition after his three-sack performance in the Boilermakers' 26-23 overtime win against Ohio State on Saturday. Short was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and the Big Ten's Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
His sacks, which totaled nine yards lost, and four solo tackles sparked Purdue to season highs in sacks (five) and tackles for loss (10).
CRUSADERS EARN NATIONAL HONORS: Valparaiso University quarterback Eric Hoffman and punter Greg Wood earned national recognition for their performances in Saturday's win over Campbell.
Hoffman and Wood were named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Performers of the Week at their respective positions for Division I-FCS.
Hoffman was also selected as The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS co-National Freshman of the Week and the Pioneer Football League's Co-Offensive Player of the Week. He completed 30-of-40 passes for 314 yards and a career-high four scores as VU snapped a 29-game losing skid.
Hoffman has completed 60.1 percent of his passes (191-of-318) for 1,938 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Wood punted three times against Campbell for a 46.7-yard average. He had a long of 58 yards and landed one at the Camels 1-yard line.
VALPO SIGNS PLAYER: Daniel Oakes has signed a national letter of intent to play for Valparaiso.
Oakes, a native of Elburn, Ill., finished ninth at the state championships in doubles as a junior at St. Charles North High School and qualified for state all three seasons there. He was also named all-state the last two years.
"I believe Danny's best days are ahead of him," VU coach Jim Daugherty said in a media release. "He has continued to improve each year in high school and I believe he will make an even bigger jump once he gets exposure to the college circuit. He also demonstrates the strong character that I expect out of all of my student-athletes."
ROOT BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD, NAMED LEAGUE'S DEFENSIVE BEST: After breaking the Horizon League record for career digs last week, Valparaiso's Taylor Root set another record Monday, then was named the Horizon League's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.
The libero became the first player in league history to earn honors eight times when she was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.
Root broke Leanne Felsing's previous digs mark of 1,929 in the fourth set of the Crusaders' victory over Chicago State on Tuesday. She finished with 26 digs, then notched 25 against Milwaukee on Friday.
Root is 42 digs shy of becoming the second VU player to surpass the 2,000 milestone.
The junior is joined on the Horizon League team by senior Jenny Pokorny, a repeat pick, and freshman Morgan Beil, who was tabbed for the all-newcomer squad as well.
Root averaged 5.37 digs/set, which ranked second in the Horizon League and 24th nationally. She has 618 digs on the year, standing fifth on the league's chart.
Pokorny becomes the fifth Crusader to earn a spot on the team in multiple seasons. She has registered 1,120 assists, pushing her career total to 2,852 (fifth all-time). Pokorny is also tied for second on the team in digs (345), and is third in blocks (60) and aces (22). She has also posted 137 kills, over 40 more than any of the league's other primary setters.
Beil is the first frosh to make the all-league team since Root earned a spot on the 14-member squad in 2009. The middle hitter, the only newcomer on this year's list, ranks fifth with a .291 hitting percentage. She has racked up 240 kills, second-most among Crusaders, and has paced Valpo in league play with 128 kills on .296 hitting.
BEECHER OPENS WITH ROAD WIN: Amari Griffin had eight points, 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Beecher girls basketball team to a 27-21 season-opening win over Herscher on Monday.
Paige Wehling added 12 points and three assists. Rachel Lee had eight rebounds.
At Illinois Lutheran, the Chargers opened the season with a 41-33 road win over Trinity.
CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP ON TV: The Brother Rice vs. Mount Carmel game will be televised on Comcast Cable (CN 100) at noon Saturday.
The game is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Gately Stadium.
The winner will play the Public League champion on Nov. 25 in the Prep Bowl.