PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 29: Andrew Taglianetti #41 of the Pittsburgh Panthers assists in sacking B.J. Daniels #7 of the South Florida Bulls during the game on September 29, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Panthers defeated the Bulls 44-17. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Andrew Talianetti is a pretty impressive guy. In fact, he's probably better than your kid. He's also probably better than you. He's definitely better than me. Yesterday was a banner day for me because I ran 30 minutes on the treadmill and held the elevator for an old lady. I deserve a beer. And a cake. And maybe a parade.
Andrew Taglianetti, on the other hand, is only a Big East Academic All-American who spent his summer at an orphanage in Haiti, is in NCAA record books for blocked punts and is competing for a starting position as a scholarship athlete at a BCS-level program.
Tags is in a heated battle for starting safety with Jarred Holley, Jason Hendricks and Ray Vinopal. All four men can play, but only two can star. Hendricks missed some camp, so it wouldn't shock me to see him come off the bench with
And to top it off, he was recently selected for quite the national honor:
A redshirt senior defensive back, Taglianetti was recently nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The honor takes into account not only a student-athlete's football exploits, but more importantly their activeness in the community and abilities in the classroom.
"Obviously, it's a big honor," Taglianetti said. "There are a lot of kids from across the country who try to make a difference in the community. It means something to be thrown in a group of them. It's definitely something I'm proud of."