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Feb. 9, 2012

PITTSBURGH - The Pitt football team had 16 student-athletes named to the Big East's All-Academic Team as announced by the league office on Thursday.

The Big East recognizes student-athletes who have posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work.

Myles Caragein (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks), a defensive tackle working towards his master's in education, is a four-year honoree for the Panthers.

Caragein is joined by three-year honoree Mike Shanahan (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin), who is a senior wide receiver majoring in history.

Those receiving the honor for the second year include: Kevin Harper (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), who is working towards his MBA; Marco Pecora (Johnstown, Pa./Richland), who is a history major; Andrew Taglianetti (Bridgeville, Pa./Central Catholic), a business marketing major; Joe Trebitz (Boca Raton, Fla./West Boca Raton), also a business marketing major and Matt Yoklic (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine Richland), who is majoring in communications.

First time honorees for the Panthers are psychology major Joshua Brinson (Homestead, Fla./South Dade/El Camino (CA) College); administration of justice major Desmond Brown (Miami, Fla./Miami Norland Senior/Miami Dade College); liberal arts major Drake Greer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bishop Canevin); administration of justice major Jarred Holley (Easton, Pa./Easton); liberal arts major Adam Lazenga (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park); liberal arts major Ray Vinopal (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney); history major Kris Wildman (Champion, Ohio/Champion); Chris Yankoski (Plum, Pa./Plum), who is pursuing his MBA; and administration of justice major Brett Zuck (Shippenville, Pa./Keystone).

In addition to his academic honor, Holley was named to the All-Big East First Team for his efforts on the field in 2011.

Joshua Brinson Jr. WR Homestead, Fla. Psychology
Desmond Brown Jr. RB Pittsburgh, Pa. Administrative Justice
Myles Caragein Gr. DT Pittsburgh, Pa. Education
Drake Greer Jr. K/P McKees Rocks, Pa. Liberal Arts
Kevin Harper Gr. K Mentor, Ohio MBA
Jarred Holley Sr. DB Pittsburgh, Pa. Administrative Justice
Adam Lazenga Jr. LB Bethel Park, Pa. Liberal Arts
Marco Pecora Sr. DB Johnstown, Pa. History
Mike Shanahan Sr. WR North Huntingdon, Pa. History
Andrew Taglianetti Sr. DB Bridgeville, Pa. Business Marketing
Joe Trebitz Sr. LB Boca Raton, Fla. Business Marketing
Ray Vinopal So. DB Youngstown, Ohio Liberal Arts
Kris Wildman Sr. FB Warren, Ohio History
Chris Yankoski Gr. K/P Plum, Pa. MBA
Matt Yoklic Jr. P Gibsonia, Pa. Communications
Brett Zuck So. WR Shippenville, Pa. Administrative Justice

Sixteen Football Players Named To Big East All-Academic Team

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