Pitt kicker Conor Lee was named the Big East football scholar-athlete of the year today by the conference’s academic affairs committee, becoming only the second Pitt player to earn such honors.
Lee, 24, of Upper St. Clair, will receive a $2,000 scholarship toward graduate or professional studies. He earned dual degrees in business and economics in April, and is pursuing an MBA at the Katz School of Business.
Pitt’s Vince Crochunis earned the same award in 2004.
Lee was named to ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-America second team, and is one of 13 Panthers named to the Big East all-academic team. The others are quarterback Pat Bostick, kickoff specialist Lucas Briggs, defensive lineman Myles Caragein, long snapper Mark Estermyer, linebacker Max Gruder, fullback Henry Hynoski, holder Andrew Janocko, offensive lineman John Malecki, linebackers Austin Ransom and Tristan Roberts and defensive lineman Tyler Tkach.