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Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) is sacked by Pittsburgh defensive lineman Calijah Kancey (8) and defensive back Marquis Williams (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pitt led the way with 12 selections for the All-ACC team announced on Tuesday.

First-team selections were quarterback Kenny Pickett, wide receiver Jordan Addison and defensive tackle Calijah Kancey.

Pickett, who led the ACC with 40 touchdowns and a 67.7 completion percentage, became the first quarterback in Pitt history – and just the third in ACC history – to pass for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.

Sophomore receiver Addison had a breakout year after earning honorable mention All-ACC honors in his true freshman season of 2020. Addison leads the country with 17 touchdown receptions and is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

Kancey was also named to the first team after posting 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks, the most of any defensive tackle in the ACC.

Earning All-ACC second-team honors were defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado, linebacker SirVocea Dennis, safety Brandon Hill, tight end Lucas Krull and offensive tackle Carter Warren.

Hill and Dennis are the top two tacklers for the Panthers, while Baldonado leads the team with eight sacks. Krull is second on the team behind only Addison with six receiving touchdowns. Warren has been a major part of an offensive line that has taken a step forward this year in both pass protection and run blocking.

In addition to being named to the All-ACC first team at wide receiver, Addison was named to the third team as an all-purpose player after taking over punt return duties for Pitt’s past four games due to injuries to Jaylon Barden and Melquise Stovall. Addison has averaged 14.6 yards per punt return.

Offensive tackle Gabe Houy and guard Marcus Minor earned third-team honors, as did kicker Sam Scarton, who has made 16-of-19 field goal attempts this season.

Nine Pitt players earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors. Fifth-year long snapper Cal Adomitis was named in the specialist category. Center Owen Drexel and guard Jake Kradel also earned honorable mentions, as did true freshman tight end Gavin Bartholomew.

The defense had five players earn honorable mentions – defensive end Deslin Alexandre, linebackers Phil Campbell III and John Petrishen, cornerback Damarri Mathis and safety Erick Hallett.

There were no Pitt players named to the Preseason All-ACC team as the Panthers were picked to finish fourth in the Coastal Division.

Pickett’s extraordinary season could earn even more ACC accolades this week. The conference will announce offensive, defensive and overall players of the year on Wednesday.

Amanda Filipcic-Godsey is a freelance writer in Pittsburgh. She covers Pitt football and basketball for CNHI Pa. newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @AmandaFGodsey.

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