The fifth and final major All-American publication was released Wednesday morning, in the midst of the 2021 National Letter of Intent Signing Day chaos, and three more Pitt Panthers were named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American teams.
Kenny Pickett and Cal Adomitis were named first team All-Americans at quarterback and long snapper, respectively, and Jordan Addison was named a second team wide receiver. With four first team All-American nominations prior, Addison’s second team nod from AFCA took away his unanimous All-American bid.
ANNOUNCING‼ – The 2021 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Teams
Check out both the first and second team here ⬇https://t.co/z1mLu5lml1
— AFCA (@WeAreAFCA) December 15, 2021
Pickett’s stellar super-senior campaign has now led to five All-American nods (two first team honors from Walter Camp and AFCA and three second team honors from AP, FWAA and Sporting News). His 4,319 passing yards and 47 total touchdowns ranked in the top five nationally among all quarterbacks, and he earned Pitt’s first Heisman finalist honor since Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.
Pickett became Pitt’s first quarterback since Dan Marino in 1981 to earn a first team All-American honor, and he won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for the first time in program history.
Adomitis has gained notice from his charitable efforts this season, raising over $115,000 for UPMC Children’s Hospital and shaving his head, but he also won the Mannelly Award as college football’s top long snapper.
Addison earned second team All-American honors, behind Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Purdue’s David Bell. If he had been awarded first team honors, he’d have become Pitt’s first unanimous All-American since Aaron Donald in 2013 — unanimous being given if a player is a first team All-American honoree from all five major publications.
However, Addison’s Biletnikoff-winning sophomore campaign was the best in college football this season. Addison racked up 1,479 yards and 17 touchdowns to pair with Pickett as college football’s best duo.
Pitt plays No. 10 Michigan State on Dec. 30 in the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.