Two more Pitt Panthers were placed on preseason college football watch lists.
Senior wide receiver Tre Tipton was selected as a candidate for the prestigious Wuerffel Trophy, which is awarded to college football’s individual champion for community service.
Throughout his time at Pitt, Tipton has been an active member and a great representative for the university in numerous local charitable events. The Western Pennsylvania native also started an on-campus program called L.O.V.E. (Living Out Victoriously Everyday) to give student-athletes a forum to deal with anxiety, depression and injury concerns through communication with others.
Tipton joins James Conner, Darrin Hall, Brian O’Neill, Adam Bisnowaty, Mike Caprara and Chad Voytik as former Pitt Panthers who were on the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List.
Wide receiver Maurice Ffrench finds himself on another preseason Watch List, this time the Paul Hornung Award, which is given to the most versatile player in the country.
Not only will Ffrench be a key member of Pitt’s offense, he’ll also be counted on to be Pitt’s top kickoff and punt returner. Earlier this week, he was nominated as a All-ACC preseason player as a kickoff returner and is a candidate for the Maxwell Award, given to college football’s most outstanding player.
Last season, Ffrench scored 10 touchdowns three different ways (receiving, rushing and kickoff return) and also led the ACC in kickoff return average (27.4 yards).