POTY

Kenny Pickett has officially been named the best player in the ACC for 2021.

I think we can all agree that what Mark Whipple has done with him has been tremendous, and the growth of his supporting cast came just at the right time. Not bad for a mid-tier three-star recruit. This is what college football is all about folks.

Here is a trip down memory lane regarding Pickett’s passing stats. (Stats courtesy of sportsreference.com)

Also, in the Did you Know category:

SCHOOL RECORDS

Kenny Pickett owns the following Pitt school records:

Total Offense (12,839 yards)
Passing Yards (12,050 yards)
Touchdown Responsibility (99 TDs)
Completions (1,025)
Rushing Scores by a QB (19 TDs)
Single-Game Passing (519 yards)
Single-Season Passing (4,066 yards)
Longest Passing Play (96 yards)
Most 300-Yard Passing Games (16)
Most 400-Yard Passing Games (5)
Most 500-Yard Passing Games (1)
Most 3,000-Yard Passing Seasons (2)
Passes in a Season (469 in 2019)
Completions in a Season (314 in 2021)

“The best quarterback in the ACC…and a legitimate candidate for the Heisman.”
    – USA Today’s Paul Myerberg

“This quarterback is special. The game is very, very slow to him. He knows where everybody is. He’s a master of the game within the game. Really understands the nuances of their offense. Very accurate. … He’s the highest-rated guy in the country.”
    – Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney
Kenny Pickett “throws the best deep ball in college football.”
    – Fox Sports’ Matt Leinart, 2004 Heisman Trophy Winner

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

Here is the EJ Borghetti press release:

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All-ACC

First, Pickett for Heisman. VOTE: https://promo.espn.com/espn/contests/nissan/heisman/2021/

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Second, Per the Pitt SID:

Pitt Leads 2021 All-ACC Football Team with 12 Selections

PITTSBURGH—Winners of 10 regular-season games for the first time since 1981, Pitt was fittingly recognized on the 2021 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team with an ACC-high 12 selections.

The Panthers had three first-team All-ACC honorees, five on the second team and four third-team selections.

Earning first-team honors were record-breaking quarterback Kenny Pickett, wide receiver Jordan Addison and defensive tackle Calijah Kancey. Pickett is just the third ACC quarterback—and first at Pitt—to surpass 4,000 passing yards and throw 40 touchdowns in a season. Addison leads the nation with 17 touchdown catches. Kancey has collected 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

The Panthers’ second-team selections were defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado, linebacker SirVocea Dennis, safety Brandon Hill, tight end Lucas Krull and offensive tackle Carter Warren.

Baldonado (11 TFLs, eight sacks), Dennis (69 tackles, 7.5 TFLs) and Hill (74 stops, six pass breakups and an interception) are key performers for a Pitt defense that leads the ACC in sacks, tackles for loss, rushing defense and fourth-down defense. Krull has six touchdown catches, while Warren, a Senior Bowl invitee, has been vital in the run and pass games.

In addition to his first-team nod at receiver, Addison was a third-team selection as an all-purpose player. He averages 14.6 yards per punt return. Two senior stalwarts on the offensive line—tackle Gabe Houy andguard Marcus Minor—earned third-team honors as did placekicker Sam Scarton, who has a Pitt-high (tied) 108 points (16-19 FG, 60-63 PAT).

Nine additional Panthers received Honorable Mention: long snapper Cal Adomitis in the specialist category, defensive end Deslin Alexandre, tight end Gavin Bartholomew, linebacker Phil Campbell III, center Owen Drexel, safety Erick Hallett II, offensive guard Jake Kradel, cornerback Damarri Mathis and linebacker John Petrishen.

The ACC’s offensive, defensive and overall players of the year will be unveiled on Wednesday.

Winners of the ACC’s Coastal Division, the Panthers (10-2, 7-1 ACC) will face Atlantic Division champ Wake Forest (10-2, 7-1) in the Subway ACC Football Championship Game this Saturday at 8 p.m. The game, played in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, will be a national ABC telecast.