The University of Pittsburgh announced today that six student athletes earned Atlantic Coast Conference all-academic football team honors. A 3.00 average in the recent semester and a cumulative average of 3.00 (3.5 in graduate school) is needed for consideration.
Three players were either freshmen or redshirt freshmen, one was a junior, and two were seniors.
Quarterback Tom Savage and punter Matt Yoklic were the seniors that qualified. Defensive back Ray Vinopal was the lone junior and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty was joined by true freshmen, tight end Scott Orndoff and defensive back Terrish Webb.
Savage is dual-majoring in communication and economics. After sitting out last year due to the transfer rule, he started at quarterback his lone year of eligibility at Pitt and threw for 2,958 yards, which ranks fifth on Pitt's all-time single-season yardage total.
Bisnowaty, a Pittsburgh native, started at left tackle in only his second season at Pitt. He redshirted his true freshman year. Orndoff, another Pittsburgh native, had six catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns while seeing action as a true freshman.
Vinopal is a finance major. He had 83 tackles last year which ranked second on the team. He also had three interceptions which led the team, and six pass breakups, which ranked second.
Webb saw action in all 13 games as a true freshman and started in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. He had 18 tackles and a fumble recovery last season. Yoklic already earned a bachelor's degree in Communication. He is currently enrolled in graduate school. He averaged over 40 yards per punt as the team's starting punter this past season.
Pitt's six student-athletes tied for second place in the ACC for number of qualifying players along with Maryland and N.C. State. Duke led the ACC with 21. There were 67 total student-athletes on the list.