This will tell you a little about Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short: He's 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, chiseled and can dunk.
With authority, apparently.
"K.K. is definitely, I would call, a specimen," said defensive end Ryan Russell. "He is, pound for pound, the best athlete on the team. At his weight and height, the way he windmill dunks ..."
Wait a minute. Windmill dunks? At 6-3, 315, that must be one scary-looking windmill.
Russell doesn't think Short has brought down a backboard, but he worried about it when witnessing one of those throw-downs.
"I ran the other way, because I thought it would happen," Russell said.
Generally, Short confines his throwing down to offensive linebackers, running backs, quarterbacks and any other opponent in the way. He has six tackles in three games, and all are solos, with four tackles for loss, three of them sacks. Short is leading a Boilermaker team with a three-game total of nine sacks, five against Notre Dame and one short of last year's mark after seven games.
Short will try to make short work of Marshall at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium. The game will air on the Big Ten Network.
A fifth-year senior from East Chicago, Ind., he is by far the team's grizzled vet. He is expected to log his 41st career start, 12 ahead of the nearest teammate, cornerback Ricardo Allen. His NFL stock is high - ESPN.com has him ranked 17th overall, fifth among defensive tackles.
One of Short's goals in the offseason was to redefine his body from a stereotypical big tackle into a fearsome athlete with optimum NFL size. He is benefiting from the arrival of new position coach Kevin Wolthausen, who once coached Elvis Dumervil at Louisville.
"About a year and a half ago, we had a change in director of sports and performance; we brought in Duane Carlisle, and he is really an advocate of promoting lean muscle mass," said Purdue coach Danny Hope. "Kawann has really changed his body around significantly in the last year and a half. He carries his 315 or 320 pounds a lot better than he has in the past.