Conor Lee Earns Big East Honors

Pitt fifth-year senior place-kicker Conor Lee is as close to perfect as a player can be, and he's been recognized for his performance as the Big East special teams player of the week for the second time this season.

Conor Lee's most recent brush with perfection came this past Saturday when he was 3-for-3 on extra points and 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts, including four in overtime periods to give Pittsburgh a dramatic 36-33 victory in four overtimes against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

Lee (Upper St. Clair, Pa./Upper St. Clair/Fork Union Military Academy) needed a 22-yard field goal in the fourth overtime for the game-winning points.

"Conor's one of our real leaders,'' Pitt senior center C.J. Davis said. "He's one of the most consistent people that I know in my life, and that's not just in football. That's in everyday life.

"He works really hard and watches as much film as I do, and all he has to do is kick a football. So, I really respect him a lot. He works really hard at what he does, and I'm happy for him that he's in the spotlight a little bit.''

Lee set three Pitt records in the process, including single-game kick scoring (18), single-game field goals made (five) and career field goals (46). The single-game records dated back to 1975 and were held by Carson Long (17 points and four field goals, both against William & Mary). Lee also surpassed Long's school mark for career field goals (Long had 45 from 1973-76).

Additionally, Lee remained perfect on extra points for his career, kicking his 100th as Pitt tied the game, 24-24, late in the fourth quarter.

Lee's five field goals are the most (tied) by a player in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) this season. He ranks fourth nationally in field goals (tied, 2.00 per game) and 19th in overall scoring (9.13 points per game). Lee leads the Big East in field goals, PAT percentage (tied, 100 percent, 25-25) and kick scoring (9.1 points per game).

On the year, he is converting 88.9 percent of his field goals (16-for-18). Lee is fifth nationally among active players in career field goal percentage (85.19 percent, 46-54) and seventh (tied) in career field goals made (46).

This is Lee's second Big East special teams award this year. He previously was honored following a 14-point performance at Syracuse Sept. 27 and also received the honor following a 10-point performance against Cincinnati, Oct. 20, 2007.

For more information on Lee, go to www.ConorLee37.com.

Ranked 25th this week by the Associated Press, Pittsburgh (6-2, 2-1 Big East) will face Louisville (5-3, 1-2) Saturday at noon at Heinz Field. The game will be ESPN Regional's Big East Network Game of the Week.

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