Pitt’s Henderson Consensus All-American

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PITTSBURGH — Pitt’s sensational sophomore Quadree Henderson added another remarkable achievement today in officially being recognized by the NCAA as a Consensus All-American.

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The NCAA uses five All-America selectors to determine consensus status: Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Henderson was named a first team All-America kick returner by three of those organizations (FWAA, Sporting News and Walter Camp). He was named a second-team all-purpose player by the AP and AFCA. Because each of the five teams has a different way of listing the returner or all-purpose player, the Consensus All-America team treats those categories as one position.

Henderson is the first Pitt sophomore to earn consensus status since wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in 2003. Other sophomore Panthers to earn Consensus All-America honors include receiver Antonio Bryant (2000) and defensive end Hugh Green (1978).

Overall, the Panthers boast 51 all-time Consensus All-Americans. Prior to Henderson, defensive tackle Aaron Donald earned that distinction as a senior in 2013.

Henderson is the first All-America return man in Pitt history. He has four returns for touchdowns this season, including a nation-leading three on kickoffs. Henderson ranks second in the country in combined kick return yards (1,121) and fifth in kickoff return average (31.1).

Henderson is also among the country’s most productive all-purpose players, ranking 11th with an average of 159.75 per game. He has compiled 1,917 all-purpose yards, the fifth highest total in Pitt history.

If Henderson hits his average in the Panthers’ bowl game, he will become only the second Pitt player to reach 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season. Legendary tailback Tony Dorsett, who had 2,217 all-purpose yards during his 1976 Heisman Trophy season, is the only Pitt player to reach that milestone.

Henderson’s play helped the Panthers to an 8-4 record this season and Top 25 rankings in the Associated Press poll (No. 22) and College Football Playoff ratings (No. 23).


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