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Six Panthers Make All-Big East Teams

Yes, Ray. You still are #1. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Yes, Ray. You still are #1. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The All-Big East teams were released by the conference today and six Panthers made either the first or second-team.

Ray Graham and Jarred Holley both made the first-team selections. Even though Ray was injured for the final four games of the season, he was arguably one of the top running backs in not just the conference, but the entire country as well. As for Holley, he was clearly one of the leaders on this defense that really stepped up their game in the latter half of the season and was second on the team in tackles. He also had two sacks and forced two turnovers.

Four others on defense made the cut as well.

Aaron Donald, Chas Alecxih, Antwuan Reed, and Max Gruder all made the second-team. Donald was Pitt's leader in sacks with 10 on a team that finished in the top 10 nationally in sacks. He also had 15 tackles for loss. Alecxih had a similar disruptive effect on opposing offenses, recording 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Gruder led the team in tackles with 107, the first Panther to top 100 tackles since Scott McKillop in 2008. Reed led the team in pass breakups with seven and had two fumble recoveries, including the recovery last weekend that sealed Pitt's win over Syracuse.