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And the nominees are…

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One of college football’s great plays of the 2006 season was overshadowed in Pitt’s loss to West Virginia, but it was a highlight tailor-made for ESPN’s SportsCenter.

No surprise that Darrelle Revis’ 73-yard punt return for a touchdown against West Virginia on Nov. 16 has been nominated by ESPN for an ESPY in the category of Best Play. Sprung by a devastating block by receiver Derek Kinder, who took out two Mountaineers with one blow, Revis eluded several defenders to score.

Pitt’s punt return is up against Boise State’s two-point conversion against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, a Dwayne Wade shot in a win over the Indiana Pacers, an Endy Chavez catch in the NLCS Championship game and Travis Pastrana’s Moto X double back flip.

Fans can go to www.espn.com to vote through the end of the day on July 7. The show, which airs at 9 p.m. on July 15, will broadcast from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre with Jimmy Kimmel and LeBron James serving as hosts.

Speaking of Kinder, he is one of two Pitt seniors who have been named to preseason watch lists announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club.

Kinder has been nominated for the Maxwell Award, presented to the nation’s outstanding collegiate football player. Defensive end Joe Clermond has been nominated for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive football player.

Kinder was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s top receiver and earned first-team All-Big East honors as a junior.

Clermond was a second-team All-Big East selection last season when he led the conference in tackles for loss with 16.5 and ranked 15th nationally with 1.38 per game.

Semifinalists for both awards will be announced in early November, with three finalists for each award to be announced Nov. 26. The awards will be presented on ESPN Dec. 6.

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