Pitt senior defensive end Dayon Hayes has been named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his outstanding performance in the Panthers’ 24-16 win over Boston College last week. During the game, Hayes made six tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, and two deflected passes. His tackles for loss went for a total of 15 yards in losses.
Hayes played a pivotal role in holding the ACC’s top rushing attack (202.5 yards per game) to just 154 yards, which was more than 48 yards below Boston College’s average. On the season, Hayes has recorded an impressive 40 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, four sacks, and a forced fumble. He currently leads the team in TFLs and hurries while ranking second in sacks.
This is Hayes’ second career ACC Player of the Week award, having previously been recognized for his three-sack performance at Miami on November 26th, 2022. Hayes and the Panthers will next face off against Duke this Saturday at noon on the ACC Network. Be sure to tune in to see if they can continue their impressive play and come out on top.