The 12 Pitt Panthers honored by the ACC, including 4 first-teamers

A look at the football players lauded for regular-season play
Israel Abanikanda directing the band
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – A dozen Pitt Panthers honored as All-ACC selections on Tuesday including four on the first team.

1st Team All-ACC

RB Israel Abanikanda-the junior from Brooklyn broke Tony Dorsett’s single-game rushing record and tied a long-time record with six rushing touchdowns in a game. He also won the ACC rushing title by 439 yards and had six more rushing touchdowns than anyone in the league.

G Marcus Minor-in just two years with the Panthers as a graduate transfer from Maryland, the guard started 25 games and was named 3rd Team All-ACC last year.

DL Calijah Kancey-a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Award, the senior is second in the ACC with 14.5 tackles for loss as an interior lineman.
It’s the second consecutive season Kancey is 1st Team All-ACC.

LB SirVocea Dennis-the only underclassman captain, led Pitt with 92 tackles, adding 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. It was a progression for the junior, going from 3rd Team to 2nd team to 1st team this season.

2nd Team All-ACC

WR Jared Wayne-coming off a career-high 199 yards receiving against Miami, the Canadian finished with 1,006 yards, third in the ACC.

S Erick Hallett-a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist, Hallett is responsible for a team-high six turnovers (three interceptions, three fumble recoveries-forcing two of them).  The senior had 47 tackles, three for loss and nine pass breakups.

CB MJ Devonshire-the Aliquippa star started the second with a game-winning interception return against West Virginia. He also had a Pick Six against Virginia. He leads the ACC with a 9.9 punt return average including a touchdown.

3rd Team All-ACC

C/G Jake Kradel-the senior from Butler split his starts between the two positions seamlessly taking over for the injured Owen Drexel. Kradel named All-ACC at guard and Honorable Mention at center.

OT Matt Goncalves-the versatile junior played in all 12 games this season and started at both left and right tackle during his Pitt career.

Honorable Mention All-ACC

DE Deslin Alexandre-the second consecutive year to be honored, the senior finished with 29 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks and eight QB hurries. He also established the 5th Down Campaign to raise money for kids in his native Haiti.

S Brandon Hill-the junior was 2nd Team All-ACC last season and finished with 67 tackles this year with a fumble recovery and a pair of pass breakups

CB Marquis Williams-had the second Panthers a Pick Six against Virginia along with an interception against Western Michigan. The senior forced a fumble and finished the regular season with 23 tackles.

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