QB Kenny Pickett becomes Pitt’s first Heisman finalist since Larry Fitzergald

It’s been a charmed 2021 season for Kenny Pickett. The veteran quarterback returned to Pittsburgh for his fifth season of college football. Along the way, Pickett completed 67.2 percent of his pass attempts (No. 1 ACC), while throwing for 4,319 yards (No. 2 ACC) and 42 touchdown passes (No. 3 FBS).

Last week, Pickett was named ACC Player of the Year; he then went on to lead the Panthers to their first ever ACC title. In “The Year of the Quarterback In the ACC,” Pickett was the best of the bunch. Now, he’ll be headed to New York City as one of four finalists for the 2021 Heisman Trophy.

Pickett will be joined by fellow finalists: Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (the favorite to win the award), Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.


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