Top 50 Countdown: No. 37 (tie) Pittsburgh Panthers

The Comeback’s 2017 college football preview coverage continues with the next team in our Top 50 countdown. Coming in tied for No. 37 (with the Texas Longhorns) is Pittsburgh out of the ACC.  Will Pittsburgh win the Coastal Division in 2017? That question speaks volumes about what Pat Narduzzi has accomplished during his short tenure as the head coach. Instead of wondering...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cameron Johnson Transfers to UNC

Cameron Johnson has transferred from Pitt to North Carolina. As a graduate transfer, Johnson is eligible to play immediately for the Tar Heels. Johnson averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33 games for the Panthers last year, while shooting 41.5% from three-point range. Roy Williams says "We are happy to have someone join our program who wanted to be with us so badly."
Via ACC Digital Network
June 16, 2017

2017 ACC Position Previews: Jester Weah leads explosive group of receivers

We’ve talked about quarterbacks and running backs earlier this week, so now it is time to take a look the tight ends and receivers. Here’s everything you need to know about all of the talent that the ACC welcomes back at those positions. Q. Who are the top returning receivers in the ACC? 4. Cam Phillips, WR, Virginia Tech – Looking at the numbers, Phillips is the top returnee...
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June 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson cites head coach, AD departures in letter arguing for immediate eligibility

Pitt forward Cameron Johnson is transferring. That much is certain.To which school is still up in the air, as is when he’ll actually be eligible to play. That’s all thanks to the University of Pittsburgh, their athletic department, and head coach Kevin Stallings. Johnson graduated in three years, ostensibly completing the most important part of the NCAA’s mission for student...
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June 06, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 UDFA Reports: Pitt LB Matt Galambos

The draft is over but we’re not finished breaking down their prospects just yet. While we had a scouting report on every non-long snapper drafted, we didn’t write one on most of the Pittsburgh Steelers undrafted free agents. So we’ll be covering those names over the next several weeks. Our look...
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May 17, 2017

WATCH: Quadree Henderson: Pitt's All-Purpose Star | ACC Football Spring Spotlight

The Pitt Panthers' all-purpose dynamo Quadree Henderson emerged as one of the most dangerous players in the country in 2017. With over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016, Henderson is a threat to score anywhere on the field. A wide receiver by trade, Henderson is a dynamic runner as well as return man. Check out Pitt's All-Purpose Star in this ACC Football Spring Spotlight.
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May 12, 2017

Taleni Gone And Draft Thoughts

Sorry, about the absence. Some family stuff came up last week that had me in-and-out-of-town through the past week plus. Nothing major, but time was at a premium. Glad to be done with April. Fridays in April have been a month of bad news dropping. Most of it was related to basketball, but football decided to get in on the action with the dismissal of Jeremiah Taleni for disciplinary...
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May 03, 2017  |  Discuss

Steelers sign nine undrafted free agents

There were plenty of players left undrafted when the seventh round ended on Saturday night and nine of them are now on the Steelers roster. The team announced the signings on Sunday. The group includes Pittsburgh tight end Scott Orndoff, who will stay in town along with college teammate James Conner after the running back…
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April 30, 2017

New York Giants Trade Up, Select Pittsburgh OT Adam Bisnowaty

After trading up in the sixth round, giving up their sixth and seventh round pick, the New York Giants have selected Pittsburgh OT Adam Bisnowaty with their final draft choice. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reports that Bisnowaty can play both guard and tackle while also having the reputation of being a “nasty” player. At this point, the Giants are looking for as many options as they...
Via Big Blue Unbiased
April 29, 2017

Statistical Reasons Why You Should Continue To Love James Conner

James Conner is the embodiment of Pittsburgh, both on the field and in his heart. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a former member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Conner has never played football for a team outside of the Pennsylvania. And by becoming a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization last...
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April 29, 2017

Kozora: Initial Reaction To Sutton, Conner Selections

As we’ve been doing through the draft, my quick hits on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ selections of CB Cam Sutton and RB James Conner. The pros, cons, and how they fit into their side of the ball. And of course, let me know your thoughts on those two guys and the...
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April 29, 2017

Evaluating The Value: RB James Conner

With the 105th pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select … James Conner, running back, Pittsburgh. Wow! What a pick for the black and gold. James Conner is a great feel-good story and one heck of a running back. The fact that he’s a local product coming...
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April 29, 2017

James Conner beats cancer to become a Pittsburgh Steelers running back

Of all of the eligible players in the 2017 NFL Draft, one of the toughest battles to make it to the league belongs to running back James Conner. After being named the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year in 2014, his football career took an unfortunate turn. In the Pittsburgh Panthers season opener in 2015, Conner suffered a season ending Medial collateral ligament injury...
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April 29, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers land Pitt star James Conner, who beat cancer, in third round

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April 29, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers Select Pitt RB James Conner in Third Round

The Pittsburgh Steelers select running back, James Conner, in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The hometown hero, James Connor, stays in the Steel City as the 105th overall pick in 2017 NFL Draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers were hoping to keep the Pitt product at home, and they did just that while adding […] Pittsburgh Steelers Select Pitt RB James Conner in Third Round - Still...
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April 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Steelers keep James Conner in Pittsburgh

James Conner is leaving college football, but he’s not leaving the facility where he practiced or the stadium where he played. The Steelers have made the former running back a third-round pick in the draft. Conner’s story is well-documented; he survived cancer to return to football. Conner recently has said he was only 60 percent…
Via Pro Football Talk
April 28, 2017

Steelers Select Pittsburgh RB James Conner In The Third Round Of The 2017 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Pittsburgh running back James Conner in the third-round of the 2017 NFL Draft with the 105th overall pick. Conner, who measured in at the scouting combine at 6014, 233-pounds, rushed for 3,733 yards and 52 touchdowns during his college career. He overcame Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during...
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April 28, 2017

Steelers grab Pitt star, cancer survivor James Conner

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A year ago, James Conner was in the middle of chemotherapy treatment as it waged a battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that left the Pittsburgh star running back drained but resolute. Conner never doubted he’d make the NFL. Even as the drugs sapped his strength and wreaked havoc on his immune system. Then the phone rang on Friday night as the third round of...
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April 28, 2017

WATCH: Dorian Johnson NFL Draft Tape | Pittsburgh G

Dorian Johnson NFL Draft Tape: Pittsburgh's Dorian Johnson will fit the profile of any team looking for a road grader in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Panthers guard was the first Pitt lineman to garner All-American honors in 22 years. His technique and tenacity helped lead a Panther offense that averaged over 40 points per game. Check out his NFL Draft Tape right here!
Via ACC Digital Network
April 27, 2017

Pitt Players and the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft was my first dive into the world of amateur football over-analysis. While I unfortunately lack the time these days to dedicate more to the hobby, I’m still able to keep close tabs on Pitt players and what we can expect from them next week when they find their new, hopefully long-term, homes. A huge point of emphasis that any negative thing I post has nothing to do...
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April 27, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: James Conner NFL Draft Tape | Pittsburgh RB

James Conner NFL Draft Tape: Pittsburgh running back James Conner has established himself as one of the best power backs available in the 2017 NFL Draft. Conner displays his immeasurable heart with every carry and always looks to gain the tough yards. He finished his career as the ACC's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 52. Check out his NFL Draft Tape right here!
Via ACC Digital Network
April 25, 2017

James Conner Sounds Like A Steeler While Sounding Off To GMs

In an open letter to general managers around the league via an article in The Players’ Tribune, former Pitt running back James Conner sounded mature. He sounded confident. He sounded hungry. He sounded committed. And, dare I say it, he sure sounded like a Pittsburgh Steeler. Not that it would...
Via Steelers Depot
April 21, 2017

James Conner says he was “60 percent” entering 2016 season

One of the more compelling 2107 NFL draft prospects played in Pittsburgh. Known widely as the man who overcame cancer to return to college football, former Panthers running back James Conner is a lot more than that. In an open letter to NFL General Managers posted at ThePlayersTribune.com, Conner makes it clear that he was a…
Via Pro Football Talk
April 20, 2017

James Conner was ‘at about 60% going into last year’ after cancer

Former Pitt running back James Conner put together an unbelievable season last year after beating cancer, but incredibly he wasn’t 100-percent healthy while he did it.Writing for The Players’ Tribune, Conner penned “A Letter to NFL GMs” in which he details the immense obstacles he’s had to overcome in his pursuit of the NFL dream.One thing many might not know is that Conner...
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April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitt To Honor Dan Rooney At Spring Game With Steelers Logo On Helmets

The Pittsburgh Panthers will play their annual Blue-Gold Spring Game Saturday at Heinz Field and the players will wear the Pittsburgh Steelers logo on one side of their helmets as a tribute to team chairman Dan Rooney, who passed away a few days ago at the age of 84. Panthers...
Via Steelers Depot
April 15, 2017
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