Eastport-South Manor High School graduate Matt Goncalves, a left tackle at Pittsburgh, has been named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
The 6-foot-6. 315-pound Manorville resident played in nine games this fall as a redshirt freshman, starting the Panthers’ final three games. During his first start against Virginia Tech on Nov. 21, Pitt’s offense amassed a season-high 556 yards and cruised to a 47-14 win.
Goncalves, 19, is Pitt’s first Freshman All-American on offense since 2015. The 2019 ESM graduate earned numerous individual honors during his high school years, including spots on the American Family Insurance All-USA New York Football Team, Newsday All-Long Island and the All-Suffolk County team.
The FWAA’s Freshman All-American list features 32 standout first-year players. A 13-person panel of college football experts, representing each of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences and independents selected the team.
Check out Goncalves’ interview with the press after practice on Dec. 8.