The Panthers, who finished 10-3 and were ranked 15th after a bowl win against North Carolina, have three players participating in postseason games, including the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl.
Pittsburgh players in the East-West Shrine Game include cornerback Aaron Berry and tight end Nate Byham. Played in Orlando at the Florida Citrus Bowl, the game will be a 3 p.m. (ET) ESPN2 telecast January 23.
The following week, tight end Dorin Dickerson represents the Panthers in the Senior Bowl, which will be held January 30 in Mobile, Ala. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be a 4 p.m. (ET) telecast on the NFL Network.
Byham and Dickerson also received invitationsto the annual NFL Combine.
Berry ended his career as a two-time All-Big East selection. As a senior, he was a first-team honoree after collecting 31 tackles, 10 pass breakups and an interception despite missing two games and parts of two others with an injury.
Byham is the first tight end in Pitt history to twice be named to the All-Big East team. A devastating blocker, Byham was an integral contributor to the Big East's top rushing attack this past season and also had 10 receptions for 108 yards (10.8-yard average).
Dickerson was named to the 25-player All-America team selected by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) following a highly productive senior year. He set a Pitt single-season tight end record with 10 touchdown catches among 49 receptions for 529 yards (10.8-yard average).
Dickerson also became the first Panthers tight end to earn first-team All-America status since the legendary Mike Ditka was honored in 1960. He additionally was a finalist for the 2009 John Mackey Award, annually presented to the country's top tight end, and selected first-team All-Big East.
Pitt was 15th in both The Associated Press rankings and USA Today coaches' poll. The lofty rating was earned following a 10-3 season that included a 19-17 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
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