Pitt was really short on good performances against Oklahoma State. A few other guys were kind of deserving, I suppose. Backup quarterback Ben DiNucci came in and made a few plays, for example. But he still only completed about half of his passes and threw two interceptions. Wide receiver Rafael Araujo-Lopes had a solid game with six catches, 89 yards, and a touchdown.
But my pick here goes to punter Ryan Winslow, who had a pretty busy day with six punts. Half of Winslow's punts were inside the 20-yard line and two, inside the 5-yard line. Pitt had a big issue with field position against Penn State last weekend and while they had plenty of problems yesterday against Oklahoma State, that wasn't one of them.
Winslow's first punt went for a whopping 63 yards and was downed at the 4-yard line. His second was a touchback, but went for 58 yards. Later, Winslow had a punt downed at the 1-yard line. He also kept the Cowboys from making big plays on special teams as none of his six punts were returned. On the day, he punted the ball for 292 yards, giving him a 48.7 yard per punt average.
Typically, if your punter is one of the best players on the field, it's a problem. But while they don't get a ton of credit, Winslow did a great job on special teams for the Panthers on Saturday and deserved the award from my vantage point.
Who would be your pick for the award?