PITTSBURGH—The Pitt football team received 10 selections to the recently released Athlon Sports’ 2017 All-ACC Team as the widely recognized college sports magazine published its predictions for the first team through fourth team performers in the ACC this upcoming season.
Returning consensus All-American Quadree Henderson led the way with three total selections. After Henderson joined Tony Dorsett in 2016 as the only players in Pitt football history to top 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season, Athlon touted the junior wide receiver as a preseason first team kick returner, second team offensive all-purpose player and second team punt returner for 2017.
After Pitt had its most potent offense in school history in 2016, Athlon expects the Panthers to be talented and explosive again on the offensive side of the ball, naming six Panthers to its preseason All-ACC Team for 2017.
Junior offensive tackle Brian O’Neill, a second team All-ACC selection in 2016 by the league’s coaches, received 2017 first team offensive line recognition by Athlon, while senior Alex Officer (second team) and junior Alex Bookser (third team) both earned mention as well.
Joining Henderson in garnering Athlon 2017 All-ACC honors among the offensive skill positions, senior wide receiver Jester Weah and junior running back Qadree Ollison were both touted as third team performers at their positions. Weah will be the nation’s returning leader in yards per catch after he averaged 24.2 yards per reception last season with six touchdowns of 50+ yards. And Ollison, the 2015 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, hopes to lead a Pitt backfield looking to replace James Conner.
Safety Jordan Whitehead received recognition from Athlon as a 2017 second team All-ACC talent at his position. The junior recorded 65 total tackles in nine games last season with a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown at Virginia and a nine-yard fumble return against Penn State before he suffered an injury at Clemson that cut his campaign short.
Rounding out Pitt’s Athlon preseason honorees is senior punter Ryan Winslow, who was touted as a fourth team All-ACC selection as he returns for his fourth consecutive season as the Panthers’ punter. Winslow averaged a career-high 42.6 yards per punt in 2016 with seven boots of 50+ yards.
Looking to build upon back-to-back eight-win seasons under head coach Pat Narduzzi, Pitt Football is exactly 100 days out from its Sept. 2 opener against Youngstown State at Heinz Field.
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