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Pitt QB honored by The Athletic

rom Mirror report

PITTSBURGH — Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett’s strong play this season has garnered national praise and accolades.

On Tuesday, his latest high-profile honor came when The Athletic named him a first-team, midseason All-American.

Through six games, Pickett has completed nearly 70% of his passes (143 of 205) for 1,934 yards with 21 touchdowns and only one interception. With his three rushing scores, he has accounted for 24 total touchdowns in piloting college football’s third-highest scoring offense (48.3 points per game).

Pickett owns top-10 national rankings in no fewer than nine NCAA statistical categories. He ranks in the top five in passing efficiency (third, 181.8 rating), points responsible for per game (third, 24.0 avg.), total points responsible for (fourth, 144), passing touchdowns (fourth, 21) and total offense (fifth, 352.3 yards/game).

Pickett’s play has also earned Heisman Trophy buzz from many national observers. Former Heisman winning quarterback Robert Griffin III listed Pickett as one of four top candidates for the prestigious award. CBS College Football analyst Aaron Taylor tabbed him in the top three.

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