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Pitt football notes, Monday, Nov. 16


Coach Dave Wannstedt said he is “optimistic” that injured cornerback Aaron Berry will return in time for the Nov. 27 game at West Virginia.
Berry was injured during the second half of the Panthers’ 27-22 victory over Notre Dame.
“He was fine yesterday,” Wannstedt said Monday during his weekly Big East press conference. “He is sore. I would just say it will be day-to-day. It’s not a season-ending injury. He banged it up and we’re optimistic he will be back for West Virginia.”

In other news from Monday:

— Sophomore wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for his effort in the Panthers’ 27-22 victory over Notre Dame this past Saturday.
Baldwin had five receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown. Baldwin is the third Pitt player to be named Big East Offensive Player of the Week, joining Bill Stull (Oct. 5) and Dion Lewis (Oct. 19).
The Panthers have been honored with a Big East player of the week honors (offense, defense or special teams) on seven different occasions this year.

— The Pitt-West Virginia football game will be a national ESPN2 telecast with a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday, Nov. 27 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown.
This is the 103rd edition of the “Backyard Brawl.” No. 8 Pitt (9-1, 5-1) is off this week before returning to play the Mountaineers (7-3, 3-2).
The Panthers will close out their regular season against No. 5 Cincinnati (10-0, 6-0) at Heinz Field on Dec. 5. Game time still is to be determined.

— Senior Dorin Dickerson was named a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation’s top tight end.
Dickerson is one of eight semifinalists selected by a vote of the John Mackey Selection Committee. He leads all tight ends with 10 touchdown catches, the most ever by a Pitt tight end. He has 43 receptions for 496. The finalists will be announced Nov. 23.



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