WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs has been named a first team preseason All-American by SportsIllustrated.com. The senior from Grand Prairie, Texas, owns the four longest field goals in school history (59, 55, 53 and 52 yards), has the highest career field goal percentage ever at Purdue (.715, 37 for 51) and has converted 80 percent of his attempts inside 50 yards.
At Purdue’s annual Black and Gold spring game last April, Wiggs hit a 67-yard field goal which would have tied the Football Bowl Subdivision record shared by Russell Erxleben of Texas (vs. Rice, 1977), Steve Little of Arkansas (vs. Texas, 1977) and Joe Williams of Wichita State (vs. Southern Illinois, 1978).
Wiggs and the Boilermakers open the 2011 college football season this Saturday when Middle Tennessee visits Ross-Ade Stadium. Kick-off is set for noon and the game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.