Pickett’s Roll to the Heisman

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Pitt’s Pickett Named First Team Midseason All-American by The Athletic

PITTSBURGH—Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett’s elite play this season has garnered national praise and accolades. His latest high-profile honor came this morning when The Athletic named him a first team Midseason All-American.  

The recognition is richly deserved. Through six games, Pickett has completed nearly 70% of his passes (143 of 205) for 1,934 yards with 21 touchdowns and only one interception. With his three rushing scores, he has accounted for 24 total touchdowns in piloting college football’s third-highest scoring offense (48.3 points per game). 

No FBS quarterback has arguably been more effective or impactful. Pickett owns top-10 national rankings in no fewer than nine NCAA statistical categories.

He ranks in the top five in passing efficiency (third, 181.8 rating), points responsible for per game (third, 24.0 avg.), total points responsible for (fourth, 144), passing touchdowns (fourth, 21) and total offense (fifth, 352.3 yards/game). 

Pickett’s play has also earned Heisman Trophy buzz from many national observers. Former Heisman winning quarterback Robert Griffin III listed Pickett as one of four top candidates for the prestigious award.  CBS College Football analyst Aaron Taylor tabbed him in the top three. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables this week compared Pickett to a recent Heisman winner and current NFL quarterback. “(Pickett’s) a lot like Joe Burrow,”

Venables said. “Experience, calmness, accuracy and can run, makes all the right decisions, having a heck of a year. He’s really good. He’s going to play in the NFL.”

 In evaluating Pickett’s season, Pro Football Network’s Cam Mellor wrote, “He isn’t just the best quarterback in the ACC this season, he’s been the best QB in the entire country.”

 In addition to his athletic excellence, Pickett has distinguished himself academically and in his efforts to give back. Pitt’s two-time team captain earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and is presently enrolled in the Katz Graduate School of Business. 

Pickett has been nationally lauded for his NIL initiatives, which have emphasized philanthropy as well as his teammates. 

Pickett has led the Panthers to a 5-1 overall record and first place in the Coastal Division with a 2-0 ACC mark. Pitt, ranked No. 23 in both national polls, hosts Clemson (4-2, 3-1) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

The game will be nationally televised by ESPN.