The Big East Conference announced its all-conference team on Thursday and six Panthers made the list—two on the first team and four on the second team. Pitt's best player on offense and best player on defense were obvious choices to make the all-conference first team.
Senior running back Ray Graham turned in his best season in his four-year career at Pitt. He ran for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career by gaining 1,042 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns on 222 carries (4.7 avg.). He also had 36 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior defensive lineman Aaron Donald spent most of the season disrupting the opposing team's backfield. He led the conference in tackles-for-loss with 18.5. He had 63 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries overall this regular season.
Four Panthers earned all-Big East second team honors—three on offense and one on defense. Redshirt senior wide receiver Mike Shanahan and redshirt junior Devin Street as well as redshirt senior center Ryan Turnley on offense, and redshirt junior defensive back Jason Hendricks on defense rounded out the Panther representatives.
Shanahan averaged 77.2 receiving yards per game (second in the Big East) or 926 yards overall on 58 catches for the season. He also scored five touchdowns.
Street had a team-best 66 catches (second in the Big East) for 892 yards (13.5 avg.) and a 74.3 yards per game average which was third in the Big East.
Turnley is a second-year starter at center. He has started 25 consecutive games and played in 42 games in his career at Pitt.
Hendricks had five interceptions this season which led the Big East and was ranked eleventh in the nation. He also had a team-high 73 tackles for the year.
All six players are expected to be major contributors in Pitt's bowl game, the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5.
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