Sep 10, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Calijah Kancey (8) reacts after recording a sack against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Tennessee won 34-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Star Pitt DT Calijah Kancey to miss bowl game

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.

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