Things didn’t go the way the Pitt Panthers would have liked Saturday against Notre Dame at Heinz Field, but a pair of Panthers were recognized by the league.
Senior defensive end Ejuan Price has been named the ACC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week, while freshman safety Jordan Whitehead is the ACC’s Rookie of the Week.
Both former WPIAL standouts had pretty big weeks as Price had a big day with eight tackles, two quarterback sacks, 2.5 total TFLs and a 32-yard fumble return for a touchdown. The tackles and sacks matched career highs for the former Woodland Hills product.
His fumble return was also the first time a Pitt player has returned a fumble for a touchdown since 2011, which in itself is hard to believe.
As for Whitehead, what can you say about the Central Valley product?
Whitehead has been getting it done from his safety position all year long and Saturday the freshman made an impact on the offensive side of the ball as well.
He not only had a game-high 11 tackles, but the freshman also ran for two touchdowns on his four carries.
Whitehead is Pitt’s leading tackler with 73 stops. He is averaging 8.1 tackles per game, which ranks seventh in the ACC. It is the second time this season that Whitehead has been named ACC Rookie of the Week.
Pitt has had at least one player be honored by the ACC in nine of the 10 weeks during the season.
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