Billy Gaines Award

In the spring of 2004, The University of Pittsburgh’s head coach Walt Harris and his coaching staff started the Billy Gaines Award which would have been awarded at the annual spring game to the player who best captured Billy’s spirit of determination, perseverance and courage. But after just one season, new coach Dave Wannstedt came in and discontinued the award.

 

Blue & Gold Game - 2003

Billy, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound true freshman, had five catches for a game-high 109 yards and a touchdown and ran for 27 and 24 yards on end-around reverses.

 

2004 Recipient:

The first-ever Billy Gaines Award was announced - senior defensive lineman
Vince Crochunis (Schuylkill Haven, PA. / Schuylkill Haven)
was named the inaugural recipient.

 


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