Eight Pitt players were honored by the ACC for their on-field work during the 2015 football season. Wednesday, the Panthers also upheld their end as student-athletes with five players named to the All-ACC Academic Team.
Junior offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, junior wide receiver Dontez Ford, sophomore cornerback Avonte Maddox, junior tight end Scott Orndoff and freshman safety Jordan Whitehead were honored by the conference for their work in the classroom. Pitt's five All-Academic selections are the third-most in the 14-team ACC.
"These five young men reflect the very best of Pitt football," Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said in a release. "They are achieving at exceptional levels in the classroom and on the field. Our entire program takes great pride in their academic and athletic accomplishments. I think it is even more impressive that three of our All-Academic players also received All-ACC recognition for the 2015 season."
Whitehead, Bisnowaty and Maddox were also honored for their work on the field. Bisnowaty was selected to the Coaches' All-ACC First Team and the Media's Second Team, while Maddox received an Honorable Mention. Whitehead took home the ACC Defensive and Overall Rookie of the Year awards.
Eligibility for the team is determined by the student-athlete's contributions on the football field while earning a 3.00 grade-point average in the previous semester, as well as maintaining a 3.00 cumulative undergraduate GPA. Graduate students must have achieved a 3.5 GPA in the prior semester and maintained a 3.5 GPA in their graduate school career.