Adam Bisnowaty, Ejuan Price and Jordan Whitehead are rated among the nation’s best.
PITTSBURGH—The 2016 Pitt football team will boast three of the nation’s finest players at their respective positions according to Athlon Sports.
Senior offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, senior defensive end Ejuan Price and sophomore safety Jordan Whitehead were named preseason All-Americans in the recently released Athlon Sports College Football Preview.
Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) was named a second team All-American. He has been a fixture on Pitt’s offensive line, making 30 starts and paving the way for two 1,000-yard rushers during his career. Bisnowaty was an All-ACC performer last year and enters his final campaign as a leading candidate for the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, presented to the league’s top offensive lineman.
Price (Rankin, Pa./Woodland Hills) was a third-team All-America selection. Last season he was one of college football’s most disruptive players, compiling 19.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Price led the ACC and ranked eighth nationally with an average of 0.88 sacks per game. He was a first-team All-ACC selection and finished third (tied) in the media voting for ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Whitehead (Aliquippa, Pa./Central Valley), who is featured on the regional Athlon cover, was a third-team All-America pick. He enjoyed a decorated debut season in 2015, earning ACC Rookie of the Year, ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and consensus Freshman All-America honors.
Whitehead led Pitt in tackles with 109 stops (the most by a true freshman in school history) and added six tackles for loss, a sack assist, six pass breakups, one interception and a fumble return for a touchdown (22 yards against Navy in the Military Bowl). He was also utilized as an offensive weapon and averaged 10.2 yards per rush, carrying 12 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.