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Pitt trio earns ACC recognition

A trio of Panthers earned recognition from the Atlantic Coast Conference Tuesday after their impressive performances in Pitt's 45-37 victory over Youngstown State Saturday.

Nicholas Grigsby, Avonte Maddox and Qadree Ollison were given league accolades Tuesday after their play against Youngstown State Saturday. Grigsby was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week, Maddox the Specialist of the Week and Ollison the league's Rookie of the Week. 

In Saturday's 45-37 victory, Grigsby was the defense's top performer as he set career-highs with 10 tackles, three for loss, and a pair of sacks. 

Maddox earned his accolade in large part because of his 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He and fellow cornerback Lafayette Pitts collided when they attempted to field a kick with less than a minute to go before Maddox scooped up the loose ball, cut to the right to escape a scrum and sped down the opposing sideline for a touchdown that gave Pitt a 24-13 lead at halftime. 

Maddox's return touchdown was Pitt's first since Buddy Jackson scored on a kickoff against Utah in 2011. The sophomore also made six tackles and broek up three passes. 

Ollison was forced into duty in the second half after injuries to James Conner and Chris James. The game marked his Pitt debut after he redshirted last season as a true freshman. 

He proceeded to carry 16 times for 207 yards and a touchdown.

Ollison's performance set a program for rushing yards by a freshman in a season-opener, healthily eclipsing Dion Lewis' 129 yards that also came against Youngstown State in 2009. 

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