The Purdue defense certainly had its flaws this season, but there was improvement throughout the year that gave all of us a glimmer of hope as to what is possible under Ryan Walters and his defensive mind. The Big Ten conference also found some bright spots on this Purdue team when the defensive and special team all-conference honorees were announced yesterday.
Unfortunately, no Boilermakers made it on the first team defense. While that’s not a total surprise given the season that Purdue had I think that one could make an argument for both of Purdue’s honorees to have made the first team.
The two honorees for Purdue aren’t particularly surprising either. Nic Scourton, who made the game winning stop against IU to keep the Bucket, was named 2nd team all defense by both the coaches and the media. Scourton finished the season with 50 tackles, 10 sacks, and one forced fumble. It was an incredible season for the sophomore who increased his sacks from two to 10 in one season. He’s got a very bright future.
Hard hitting and ball-hawking true freshman safety Dillon Thieneman was named 2nd team all defense by the coaches but not the media. Apparently the media failed to pay attention to the actual games being played. The true freshman burst onto the scene in game one and refused to cede the spotlight. It was an incredible season for the young man that saw him become the Purdue freshman leader in interceptions. Overall, he had 74 tackles and 6 interceptions. An incredible season for the Purdue legacy.
There was one more honor for Purdue via special teams. Tyrone Tracy Jr. was named to the third team as a return specialist. On the season he returned 16 kickoffs for 408 yards and 1 touchdown with a long of 98 yards.