Dec. 16, 2009
PITTSBURGH—The Pitt football team continues to garner impressive individual honors during the postseason.
Freshman tailback Dion Lewis’ status as the top newcomer in college football continues to be solidified with his growing list of honors. Lewis (Albany, N.Y./Blair Academy [N.J.]) was the only true freshman named to The Associated Press All-America Team announced today. He was a second-team All-America selection by the AP as well as by Sporting News, CBSSports.com, SI.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Lewis has also been named the National Freshman of the Year by Sporting News, CBSSports.com and the Offensive Freshman of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com.
The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Lewis enters the Meineke Car Care Bowl against North Carolina as the country’s third-leading rusher (136.67 yards/game). His 1,640 total rushing yards are the most ever for a Big East freshman.
One of the players who helped open holes for Lewis, junior offensive tackle Jason Pinkston, also has garnered national accolades. Pinkston (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) was named a second-team selection on the SI.com and Rivals.com All-America teams.
Senior tight end Dorin Dickerson (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny) last week was named to the Football Writers’ 25-player All-America Team after catching 45 passes for 508 yards and 10 touchdowns. He additionally has been named a first-team All-America selection by CBSSports.com and is a second-team honoree by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Sporting News.
Sophomore Jonathan Baldwin gained recognition with his 1,000-yard receiving season (1,080 yards, 20.0 yards per catch) and was named a third team All-American by Rivals.com.
On the other side of the ball, junior defensive end Greg Romeus was named a third team All-American by Sporting News and Rivals.com. Romeus has compiled 40 tackles, 10.5 TFLs and eight sacks. He additionally has an interception, a fumble recovery, a blocked PAT and two forced fumbles.
Ranked as high as No. 16 nationally, Pitt (9-3) will conclude its season against North Carolina (8-4) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Bank of America Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN and kick off at 4:30 p.m. For ticket information, go to www.PittsburghPanthers.com.
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