Per the Pitt Sports Information Department
PITTSBURGH—Pitt sophomore defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman, who distinguished himself this season as one of college football’s top interior pass rushers, has been named to the 2019 Walter Camp All-America Team unveiled this evening.
A second-team honoree, Twyman was the only underclassman defensive lineman on this year’s Walter Camp team. The 51-player squad was selected by the nation’s 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.
This is the latest postseason accolade for Twyman, who previously was honored as a first-team All-ACC selection by both the league’s official voting panel and Associated Press. He additionally was named a second team All-American by The Athletic.
A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of H.D. Woodson High School, Twyman leads the Panthers’ nationally ranked defense with 12 tackles for loss and 10.5 quarterback sacks.
The last time an interior defensive lineman (nose tackle or defensive tackle) led Pitt in sacks was in 2013, when unanimous All-American Aaron Donald had 11. Twyman changed his jersey to number 97 this season in tribute to Donald, who is now a perennial All-Pro for the Los Angeles Rams.
The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Twyman has been a spearhead up front for Pitt, which ranks 11th in the nation in total defense (302.5 yards per game), 11th in rushing defense (106.9 yards per game) and 20th in passing defense (195.6 yards per game).
The Panthers have compiled 49 team sacks—their most since 1987—and rank second nationally with an average of 4.08 sacks per game.
Twyman and the Panthers will close the 2019 campaign on December 26, when they face Eastern Michigan in Detroit’s Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN and kick off at 8 p.m.