Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead has been stealing the attention when it comes to preseason watch lists lately as the sophomore is up for three major awards already. But linebacker Mike Caprara picked up some recognition as well, being named as a candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
The team is named later in the year and honors players for off-field work. The redshirt senior played in 13 games last year, starting eight of them.
If the award sounds familiar, it should. Pitt running back James Conner was not only a candidate, but was named to the team last season for his work with numerous groups, including the National Kidney Foundation, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the Mel Blount Youth Home.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the award and Caprara will have a chance to be one of 24 players selected along with a head coach. 12 will come from the FBS ranks while 12 will be from the FCS, D-II, D-III, and the NAIA.