Dec. 13, 2008
PITTSBURGH--University of Pittsburgh senior linebacker Scott McKillop has been named to the 25-player All-America Team selected by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), it was announced today on ABC Television.
McKillop, a native of Export, Pa., and graduate of Kiski Area, is the second Pitt linebacker in the past three seasons to be selected to the prestigious FWAA All-America Team. H.B. Blades, now with the Washington Redskins, was honored following his senior season in 2006.
For more than six decades the FWAA has selected an All-America team with the help of its members and an All-America Committee which represents all the regions in the country.
"On the field and off, Scott McKillop exemplifies what it means to be an All-American," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. "He will leave a tremendous legacy at Pitt, not only because of how many tackles he made, but more importantly because of the type of leader and person he has been. Our entire program is incredibly proud of Scott. He is very deserving of this recognition."
"I am tremendously appreciative and humbled to be selected an All-American," McKillop said. "I would like to thank the Football Writers Association for this honor as well as Coach Wannstedt, our assistant coaching staff and each of my teammates. This award is a reflection of the support they have given me during my five seasons at the University of Pittsburgh."
Earlier this week, McKillop was selected the 2008 Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He additionally was a unanimous first-team All-Big East selection for the second consecutive season. McKillop and receiver Larry Fitzgerald (2002-03), now an All-Pro with the Arizona Cardinals, are the only Pitt players to twice earn unanimous All-Big East honors.
McKillop has been one of the country's most productive defenders the past two seasons.
Heading into the 2008 bowl season, he ranks second nationally in solo stops (tied, 6.50 solos/game), 11th in total tackles (tied, 10.50 tackles/game) and 20th in tackles for loss (tied, 1.38 TFLs/game). He leads the Big East in each of those categories.
Overall this year, McKillop has compiled 126 tackles, 16.5 TFLs, four sacks and one interception (returned 18 yards for a TD vs. Louisville).
In 2007, his first season as a starter, McKillop led the entire country in tackles (12.58 tackles/game). He has compiled an astonishing 277 tackles over his junior and senior seasons.
McKillop and the Panthers are in the midst of preparing for the 75th Annual Brut Sun Bowl. Pitt (9-3, 5-2 Big East) will play Oregon State (8-4, 7-2 Pac-10) on New Year's Eve in El Paso, Texas. The game will be a national CBS telecast at 2 p.m. (ET) and aired on KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.
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