Pitt defensive lineman Patrick Jones II and kicker Alex Kessman have earned ACC Player of the Week honors after the Panthers’ 23-20 win over Louisville on Saturday to improve to 3-0 this season.
Jones was named the league’s defensive lineman of the week after recording three of Pitt’s seven sacks on the afternoon to go along with six tackles. Jones was also part of a Pitt front that allowed only 223 total yards to Louisville, despite the Cardinals averaging over 500 yards per game coming into the contest.
Jones is the second straight Pitt player to win the award. Rashad Weaver was co-ACC Defensive Lineman of Week after Pitt’s Week 2 win over Syracuse.
Kessman hit three field goals against the Cardinals, including a 42-yarder in the third quarter that ultimately provided the Panthers their final margin of victory. Kessman also hit from 41 and 45 yards, righting his season after starting the year by missing his first three attempts. Kessman also hit two extra points for 11 total points scored. He was also one of the Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week.
The ACC Players of the Week are voted on by a media panel. Pitt linebacker Cam Bright was also a Week 2 honoree.