Nov. 11, 2009
PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh senior tight end Dorin Dickerson has been named the “John Mackey Tight End of the Week” by the Nassau County Sports Commission for his performance in the Panthers’ 37-10 victory over Syracuse this past weekend.
Dickerson (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny) compiled a career-high 118 receiving yards on seven receptions (16.9 avg.) and caught his 10th touchdown of the year in leading Pitt past Syracuse. His 14-yard scoring catch in the third quarter gave the Panthers a 24-point lead and essentially sealed the result.
With his 10th TD catch, Dickerson established a new single-season Pitt record for a tight end, eclipsing the prior mark of nine set by Kris Wilson in 2003. Dickerson also had the first 100-yard receiving game by a Pitt tight end since 2004 (Erik Gill, 126 yards at South Florida).
Dickerson ranks No. 1 among the nation’s tight ends in touchdown catches (10). The next closest tight end has only seven TDs. (Among all receivers, Dickerson ranks second in TD catches, only one behind the national leader).With three regular-season games remaining, he has 39 total receptions for 450 yards (11.5 avg.).
Dickerson is also a viable candidate for the John Mackey Award, annually presented to the nation’s top tight end. The 2009 recipient will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10. For additional information on the John Mackey Award, please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org or www.nassausports.org.
Ranked No. 8 by The Associated Press and No. 9 in the USA Today coaches poll, Pitt has its highest November ranking since 1982. The Panthers are 12th in this week's Bowl Championship Series ratings, their highest BCS listing ever.
Pitt achieved its lofty rankings after winning five consecutive games to improve to 8-1 on the year, its best start since the 1982 Panthers, led by quarterback Dan Marino, also started 8-1.
Pitt will take on Notre Dame (6-3) at Heinz Field this Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. The game is being televised as part of this week's ABC Saturday Night Football package and will be aired locally on WTAE-TV, channel 4. Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color) and Lisa Salters (sideline) form the broadcast crew.
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