Pitt's Mike Shanahan and Devin Street are among 48 players named to the Bilenikoff Award watch-list, given annually to the nation's top receiver. The only other Big East receiver on the list is Syracuse's Alec Lemon. The only other 2012 opponents on list are Notre Dame's TJ Jones and Virginia Tech's Marcus Davis. Pitt, Texas A&M, West Virginia and Tennessee are the only teams with multiple players on the list.
Pitt has had two winners in the award's 18 year history - Antonio Bryant and Larry Fitzgerald - and has the award's first winner - Bobby Engram - on the coaching staff.
Both players should benefit from the transition back to a pro-style offense. Both are tall receivers that weren't really quick enough to excel in Todd Graham's spread, although failure to excel under Graham isn't really unique to these two. A return to actual route-running should benefit the two greatly.
Aaron Donald picked up a spot on the Lombardi Award watch-list, given to the best lineman, linebacker or tight end. It's an absolutely huge watch-list, but it's the third such recognition for Pitt's junior defensive tackle.
Unsurprisingly, Pitt failed to land a linebacker on the Butkus Award watch-list for the nation's top linebacker.