Pittsburgh — Senior defensive back Andrew Taglianetti (Bridgeville, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) has been nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, an award recognizing student-athletes for their commitment to volunteerism.
Taglianetti is an active member of the community, including volunteer work with the MDA Muscle Team, an event held to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Additionally, Taglianetti took part in a football clinic for the Duquesne Youth Athletic Association, as well as the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit. Recently, he was one of 15 Pitt student-athletes to take a week-long trip to Haiti to volunteer with two orphanages..
Within the Pitt athletic department, Taglianetti assisted with Pitt's Century of Change event, which celebrated the remarkable achievements and advancements since the first African-American student-athletes competed and graduated from Pitt 100 years ago.
Taglianetti has been named to the Big East All-Academic Football Team in each of the past two seasons. A three-year letterwinner, he put up some of the best stats of his career last season with 77 tackles, including two for a loss, one interception and four forced fumbles. His six career blocked punts is a school record..