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Star Pitt DT Calijah Kancey to miss bowl game

Field Level Media
04 Dec 2022, 03:19 GMT+10

Standout Pitt defensive tackle Calijah Kancey announced Saturday he will miss the Panthers' bowl game.

The Atlantic Coast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year alluded to a health issue in an Instagram post.

Kancey did not play in the Panthers' 42-16 victory at Miami in the Nov. 26 regular-season finale.

"I left it all on the field in 2022. I was disappointed to not play at Miami, in my hometown. Unfortunately, I will also be out for the bowl game," Kancey wrote. "But I look forward to helping my teammates prepare. Thanks to the best trainers in the country at Pitt. I know they will help me get back to 100% very soon."

He collected 14.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 11 games this season for Pitt (8-4), becoming the first player from the school to earn the ACC's top defensive honor since Aaron Donald in 2013.

The 6-foot-1, 280-pound junior has not confirmed whether he will enter the 2023 NFL Draft.

The bowl schedule will be released Sunday.

--Field Level Media

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