If there’s an award that Pitt’s Kenny Pickett can win this season, he’s probably a finalist for it already.
Pickett was named as a finalist for the 2021 Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award Thursday — adding yet another potential honor to his resume.
Finalists for Walter Camp National Player of Year award
Georgia NT Jordan Davis
Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson
Pitt QB Kenny Pickett
Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III
Alabama QB Bryce Young
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 2, 2021
Pickett’s impact with Pitt this season is hard to quantify, but with the awards and honors that he’s currently in the running for, perhaps that’s a decent showing of how important he’s been for the Panthers.
Through 12 games, Pickett has reached previously unmatched by ACC quarterbacks in throwing for 4,066 yards and 40 touchdowns on 314-of-464 passing attempts. He’s completed 67.7 percent of his passing attempts this season with just seven interceptions while rushing for 213 yards and four more touchdowns.
Aside from Pickett, Georgia’s Jordan Davis, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III and Alabama’s Bryce Young are in the running for National Player of the Year.
The award will be voted upon by the 130 FBS head coaches and sports information directors, and the winner will be announced at the College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Pitt has had three Walter Camp Award winners since the honor’s 1967 unveiling. Tony Dorsett won the award in 1976, Hugh Green won the award in 1980 and Larry Fitzgerald won the award in 2003.