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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 5 51 D.C. sports base. Right now the Wizards and Capitals are in the playoffs and you feel the buzz around. There is some- thing pretty special about that." Gold and Black: What is the biggest political figure you've met or had come to your games? Kerrigan: "My rookie year in my very first game, Colin Powell did the coin toss and I thought that was pretty cool. I didn't really get to meet him, but he came into our locker room. A few years ago, I got to go to the Easter Egg Roll and met the former First Lady Michelle Obama. It is almost surreal." Gold and Black: What was it like meeting her? Kerrigan: "She had a lot to do and a lot of people to meet, so I'm sure I was just another face she met that day, but she made it very welcoming and even asked me how my parents were doing. She was very impressive." Gold and Black: What do you know about Jeff Brohm? What do guys need to do in this transition year, as you have also experienced a transition year of coaching? Kerrigan: "I know his teams can put up some points. I saw that at Western Kentucky with him at the helm. Not only throwing the ball but also running yards per carry, it was im- pressive to see how balanced they were given how explosive they were. It is definitely an exciting feeling, and it has a bit of the feeling of Boilermakers in the late-'90s. Hopefully, it can make a big impact on the program. "Transitioning from Coach Tiller to Coach (Danny) Hope, it was pretty smooth since Hope was already on staff. The big thing is buying in, and as a play- er you have to treat every day as if you're interviewing for a job and trying to get your spot back. Just because you were a starter with the old version of the team doesn't mean you will be the starter for the new version. Players need to treat it that way because this staff has limited knowledge of what these players have done in the past." Gold and Black: You were one of the better high school players in the state of Indiana when you were recruited. What does it mean to be recruited to a school in your home state? Kerrigan: "I think there is certain- ly a pride element in being an in-state guy coming to Purdue. They are more likely to have more knowledge about the program than somebody who is out of state would. I think it is important to recruit Indiana and recruit the Midwest. I know a lot is placed on the recruiting numbers a guy has and where he is ranked, but certain guys develop earlier and some develop later. I was certainly a guy who developed lat- er into my college career. It took some good coaching and strengthening, and there are a lot of similar stories like that from guys in the league. "Look at J.J. Watt. He was a two-star recruit and look at him now. You just have to recruit the right guy as both a play- er and as a person." Gold and Black: Kawann Short just signed a massive deal, reportedly worth $80 million over five years with the Panthers. What were your thoughts when you saw that? Kerrigan: "My first thought was that (legendary Purdue bar) Harry's is on him next time I see him. I am really happy for KK. He's another guy that was more of a basketball player when he committed to Purdue, and you could see the ath- leticism and size, but it just took some fine-tuning. Look at him now. He is an All-Pro, has been to a Super Bowl, and he has put in a lot of work. He has earned that contract and that extension." j Your Bank. For Flexibility. Fix Up or Fly Away Limited time offer. Rates, terms & conditions effective as of 3/15/17. Subject to credit approval. Property insurance required. Other restrictions may apply, see bank for details. 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