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CBS Sports recently named its All-Big East football team for 2012. Making the cut were offensive lineman Chris Jacobson and defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Both are worthy choices, but for me, the site also omitted a few key Pitt players.
Jason Hendricks, the conference leader in interceptions with five, didn't make it. Interceptions aren't everything for a safety or cornerback, but to not include the Big East leader is a bit of a snub.
The Panthers were also shorted when it came to wide receivers. Syracuse's Alec Lemon was the only Big East player to rack up 1,000 yards so he was a fine choice. But Pitt's Mike Shanahan and Devin Street ranked second and third in the conference and didn't make the team. In addition, Street also was second in receptions with 66. Both were passed up by Louisville's DeVante Parker. Parker did have nine touchdown grabs (second most in the Big East), but he also had only 38 catches for 712 yards. To me, you could have replaced him with either Shanahan or Street.
Ray Graham and Tino Sunseri also had pretty good seasons, but the players selected ahead of them at their respective positions were probably the best choices. But when it comes to Hendricks and Shanahan/Street, Pitt suffered a few snubs.