Purdue Cornerbacks Allen, Johnson Ranked By ESPN


The Boiling Point: Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson ranked in Big Ten’s best cornerbacks.

Josh Johnson

ESPN Big Ten Blogger Adam Rittenberg ranked the best cornerbacks in the Big Ten today. Purdue’s Ricardo Allen came in at two and Josh Johnson was ranked 10. Allen is one of the most exciting and driven players on the team. After this year they’ll both be back again, making them what should be one of the best corner back duos in the country. As you saw here yesterday, Rittenberg ranked Purdue’s secondary seventh in the conference.  Doesn’t seem to add up if Purdue has two of the top 10 corners in the league. Below is what he had to say about Allen and Johnson: 

"2. Ricardo Allen, Purdue, sophomore: Get to know this name, Big Ten fans. Allen is one of the nation’s most dynamic young defensive backs. He recorded three interceptions in 2010, returning two for touchdowns, and finished fourth on the team with 73 tackles. Just 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, Allen uses an aggressive style that’s a lot of fun to watch."

"10. Josh Johnson, Purdue, junior: Allen garnered much of the attention in 2010, but Johnson forms a nice complement on the other side. He tied for second in the league with three forced fumbles and added an interception, seven passes defended, a fumble recovery and 53 tackles. Johnson’s playmaking ability should come in handy, especially if opposing teams start throwing away from Allen."