July 20, 2012
PITTSBURGH — Senior running back Ray Graham (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) has been named to yet another preseason watch list as he was selected as one of 50 candidates for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award.
Last fall, Graham was on a dazzling rushing pace comparable only to the legendary Tony Dorsett in Pitt annals before a knee injury ended his season in late October. Through his first seven games, Graham was second nationally and first in the Big East in rushing yards per game (134.14 avg.). A knee injury early in the eighth game against Connecticut ended his year and he finished with 958 yards and nine TDs on 164 carries (5.8 avg.).
Graham was also named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, annually presented to the country’s outstanding collegiate football player, and the the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the top college running back in the nation.
Entering his final season with the Panthers, Graham is 10th on Pitt’s career rushing list with 2,229 yards. He was voted first team All-Big East last year despite the injury-shortened season.
Pitt opens the 2012 season on Sept. 1 against Youngstown State. Season-ticket packages are currently on sale for as low as $99 and can be purchased online (PittsburghPanthers.com), by phone (800/643-PITT) or in person at the Petersen Events Center ticket office. All Pitt and UPMC employees are eligible for a 20% discount.
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