Two weeks, eight ACC Player of the Week honors for Pitt. That’s quite a way to end the regular season.
Fresh off Saturday’s 42-16 win over Miami to finish the regular season with an 8-4 (5-3 ACC) record, four Pitt players were named to this week’s ACC Team of the Week.
Jared Wayne was named the ACC Wide Reciever of the Week, Dayon Hayes was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week, Erick Hallett was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week and Javon McIntyre was named the ACC Rookie of the Week.
#ACCFootball Players of the Week! ⬇️
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) November 28, 2022
Wayne put together one of the best weeks by a wide receiver this season, racking up career highs in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Pitt’s offensive explosion wouldn’t have been possible without Wayne’s 11 receptions, 199 yards and three touchdowns — pushing him over 1,000 yards for the season.
Hayes put together a dominant defensive effort, an effort needed without Calijah Kancey or Habakkuk Baldonado in the lineup, recording five tackles (all solo), four tackles for loss and three sacks. It was a breakout performance from Hayes, who will be relied upon more heavily next season.
Hallett, after a couple of ho-hum games during his excellent senior season, returned to the stat sheet with seven tackles (six solo) and two fumble recoveries. With three interceptions and three fumble recoveries this season, Hallett has been a difference-maker on defense.
And McIntyre recorded his first career interception against Miami, picking off Jacurri Brown in the first quarter. He added two tackles, a tackle for loss and two pass breakups in what could be a potential sign of the future.