Brandon Hill has been a rock solid defender for Pitt’s secondary this season and his performance has received some national recognition.
Pitt’s sophomore safety was named on Monday as one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the best defensive back in college football.
Hill was all over the field on Saturday vs. Clemson as he recorded a career-high 11 tackles and a career-high 3 pass breakups. For the season, Hill leads Pitt with 46 tackles and six pass breakups.
This list of 12 names will be paired down to just three at the end of the month and the winner will be announced on December 9, during ESPN’s telecast of The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
Hill was 3-star recruit from Wekiva High School in Apopka, Florida and a member of Pitt’s Class of 2019. He committed to Pitt over other offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, NC State, Purdue, Central Florida, South Florida and Virginia.