A 3-9 season will tend to result in a lack of postseason honors. It’s certainly the case this season for Pitt football.
Pitt had nine All-ACC honorees following the 2022 season, including four first-team All-ACC selections, and the Panthers have five honorees following the 2023 season — none of which are first-team selections.
M.J. Devonshire earned second-team All-ACC defensive back honors, following up All-ACC honors last season as a defensive back and punt returner. Gavin Bartholomew (tight end), Bub Means (wide receiver), Donovan McMillon (safety) and Kenny Johnson (special teams) earned honorable mentions.
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Devonshire recorded the most defensive snaps of any Pitt player this season, often serving as a fourth team captain during the opening coin toss, and he was productive. In 12 games this season, starting all 12, he recorded 32 tackles (18 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and broke up 10 passes.
He has a decision to make now when it comes to leaving for the NFL or returning to Pitt for one more season after back-to-back All-ACC seasons.
It was a confusing season for Bartholomew, who wasn’t targeted at all over the latter half of the season and missed the last two games of the season with an injury — which he suffered against Syracuse in New York City.
Bartholomew recorded 18 receptions for 326 yards (18.1 yards per catch) with a touchdown this season, serving as an elite playmaker when he was actually targeted.
Means had a very difficult start to the season, failing to haul in a single one of his 11 targets against Cincinnati, but he turned it around in a big way down the stretch for the Panthers. In 12 games this season, he hauled in 41 receptions for 721 yards (17.6 yards per reception) and six touchdowns.
Means served as that explosive deep-ball threat in the second half of the season, flashing his ability to be a No. 1 wide receiver in the offseason.
McMillon didn’t begin the season as a starter, but once he started to gain more playing time, he emerged as perhaps the best tackler on the team. He became the first Pitt defender since Jordan Whitehead to hit the 100-tackle mark.
In 12 games, he recorded 105 tackles (54 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a forced fumble — and he’s expected to serve as a key cog in the 2024 defense next season.
Johnson was the breakout star of the summer for Pitt, working his way into the lineup as a true freshman, and while he wasn’t given the best chance to showcase his ability offensively (10 carries for 72 yards and 15 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown), he did make an impact as a returner.
He earned his All-ACC honors by returning 15 kickoffs for 347 yards (23.1 yards per return) and a touchdown — a 100-yarder against North Carolina.