Apparently the groups giving out college football's awards are quite fond of converted linebacker Brandon Lindsey, because he was recently named to the Preseason Watch List for the Walter Camp Award, which goes to the most outstanding player in college football.
I'm not going to go into further detail about why Lindsey is deserving of the award, because we've done that already. He is a solid defensive player with a future in the NFL should he stay healthy. That being said, unless Pitt goes 12-0 and is playing for the BCS national championship, I don't think Lindsey would win the award.
Andrea Adelson over at ESPN has provided a list of all the Preseason Award Watch Lists that have Big East representatives.
Finally, there is one last award Watch List for the college football offseason - The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, an award given to players who maintain good academic standing while serving their community through various organizations. One Pitt player was nominated for the award, Andrew Taglianetti. Here is what Adelson had to say:
Andrew Taglianetti, Pittsburgh. Taglianetti is a regular visitor to Pittsburgh’s VA Hospital, interacting with patients and handing out gift bags and is an active volunteer and mentor in the Panther Paws and Little Panther sports clinics. He also is a member of the MDA Muscle Team on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and serves as an MDA Ambassador.