Live and Die On the Line

This is no great secret. As important as it will be for Chad Voytik to develop quickly at QB. As much as there are big questions about who will be the second and third WRs to take some of the coverage away from Tyler Boyd. As curious as I am to see how James Conner looks. It all starts on the O-line. Chad Voytik isn’t going to have much success (or avoid injury) if the O-line isn’t...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh: Piecing together a starting five

Based on Tuesday's practice, the Panthers best starting five might surprise you. With less than three months remaining before the start of the 2014-15 basketball season, it is time to begin looking at possible starting fives. Tuesday's practice allowed us to see a lot of what the Panthers plan to do and are capable of. Who will start for the Panthers? And, is that any different...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

That Cautious Optimism

Tyler Boyd got left off the  pre-season 1st team All-ACC squad. For what it’s worth, Phil Steele did the same in his annual preview guide. I wonder how much of that is a “disrespecting” of Boyd or a belief that his numbers will drop with increased focus and Chad Voytik at QB. Either way, it isn’t a huge thing beyond additional motivation. As should be the fact that no Pitt...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Durand Johnson expected to be healthy for Pitt to start the season

Following a torn ACL, Durand Johnson is expected to be healthy by the start of the season One main offensive weapon for the Panthers was not practicing with the team at the Pitt men's basketball practice on Tuesday - Durand Johnson. Johnson tore his ACL in early January in a game with Wake Forest and has not been cleared to practice. At first, many analysts pegged him to be out...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd talks leadership and improvement

ACC Media Days are officially underway with Tyler Boyd and Ray Vinopal addressing the media on Sunday as representatives of Pitt's football lprogram. Earlier, I wrote about the somewhat unusual selection of Boyd serving as one of the team reps - an honor generally reserved for upperclassmen. He was, as you would expect, grateful for the opportunity.     Speaking to SB Nation...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Uchebo Coming Along, Luther Readies for Redshirt

Regardless of the ability to help Pitt, can we at least agree that the best thing in the long-term for Joseph Uchebo was coming to Pitt and getting better medical help for rehabbing his knee. In moments like these, it’s easy to forget Uchebo is still recovering from a devastating knee injury that put his basketball career on hold for almost two years. But then he runs up the court...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before: Ejuan Price Is Hurt

I’m sure you all know, but to repeat the news from this afternoon. Defensive End Ejuan Price has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will require surgery. This will keep him out for the entire 2014 season. To say Price has had some issues with injuries is putting it kindly. 2012: Missed entire season with torn right pectoral muscle. 2013: Missed 7 out of 13 games with back problems...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

ACC Countdown: No. 8 Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh did quite well in its inaugural ACC season, beating the teams it should beat more often than not while losing to the teams it should lose to more often than not, too. All that ultimately resulted in a 7-6 record and a bowl game win over Bowling Green. There's a lot of change on this year's roster at important spots, like quarterback and defensive tackle (without...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Football Notes, 7/11

Hard to believe the work up to football season is coming quickly. Conference media days in less than two weeks. School media days. The flurry of before the beginning of training camp articles. The insane parsing of the meaning of every padless practice. Good times coming soon. At the ACC media days, Pitt will send Tyler Boyd and Ray Vinopal as the player reps. It’s been quite a...
Via Pitt Blather
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Basketball Club Summer Pro-Am Update: Week 2

The Panthers are leading in most statistical categories at the pro-am. The second week of the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Summer Pro-Am is in the books and the averages and stats for the Pitt Panthers are:   G FGM FGA FG% 3PTM 3PTA 3PT% FTM FTA ...
Via SCACC Hoops
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh: Notes and takeaways from week one of the Pro-Am

Week one of the Pro-Am is in the books and many Pitt players looked quite impressive. The first week of games in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club summer Pro-Amateur league is in the books. Many Panthers played and preformed admirably. Below are their week one statistics: Name Games FGM FGA 3PTM ...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Draft Night for Patterson And Zanna

Talib Zanna is not going to hear his name called tonight. He will get a chance in the NBA summer league with the possibility of a free agent signing, but he is likely heading overseas. Lamar Patterson has a shot at the end of the second round. What do the mock drafts say?: For what it’s worth, Patterson’s stock seems to have dropped a bit by this standard. In April, NBAdraft...
Via Pitt Blather
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to watch in 2014 Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am

The annual Pittsburgh Basketball club Pro Am games are kicking off tonight down at Montour High School. As I wrote earlier, there are some changes this year. It's always difficult to take too many things away from the games since only a couple of Pitt players will be on any given team and they'll be playing with mostly non-teammates. Still, it's a good chance to get your...
Via SCACC Hoops
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicting Wins and Losses for the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers, the only NFL franchise with six Super Bowls, are one of the NFL’s most notable teams in not just football, but all of sports. The Steelers have a following like few other teams have in America and with that come huge expectations each and every season. Pittsburgh is a hardworking city full of hardworking of people who love their Steelers.The 2013 season...
Via Football Nation
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt’s James Conner May Play Both Ways This Year, Wants 10 Sacks And 10 Touchdowns

Pitt’s James Conner had a very solid freshman year, putting up 799 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. As a sophomore, he really plans to step things up…in more ways than you’d think. Conner is prepared to play defensive end this season, and could bring some serious speed to the pass rush.  Crazy excited to play both ways this season! pic.twitter.com/Gs0h6MM92P —...
Via College Spun
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Recruiting: Henderson in Backyard Brawl

Just when you thought the Backyard Brawl was over, West Virginia and Pittsburgh are in a battle for Alexis I DuPont (DE) running back Quadree Henderson. Henderson, 5-foot-8 and 172 pounds has listed his Top 3 schools as Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Boston College with Pitt currently leading the pack. After building a solid relationship with the Pittsburgh staff and wide receiver...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Fisher: With Donald joining D-line, Rams will 'be hard to deal with' up front

ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Fisher isn't afraid to heap praise on rookie defensive tackle Aaron Donald, even though it's been only a few weeks since the NFL Draft and not even one full week since the start of Rams OTAs. "Aaron Donald, our second first-round pick, is going to be a difference-maker inside," Fisher told NFL Network during an interview last week. "It'...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

CBS Sports picks Pitt fifth in early look at ACC basketball

We're still stuck in the offseason for Pitt basketball where lots of predictions will continue to be made. CBS Sports didn't have an all-out ACC prediction for next season, but did piece together a few thoughts. Chip Patterson of the site put together an early top five and thought enough of the Panthers to rank them fifth overall: Pitt loses Lamar Patterson and Zanna, but...
Via SCACC Hoops
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

99 Days Until College Football: Can Pitt return to glory?

The Pittsburgh Panthers were once considered among the elite programs in college football, but the glory days enjoyed under the reign of Johnny Majors and Jackie Sherrill are more and...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Path to the Draft: Devin Street

Devin Street is self-motivated, competitive, and a role model. Now he’s ready to take his game to the next level (via lehighvalleylive) Devin Street, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Panthers, always knew he wanted to play football. Unlike most toddlers just learning to speak, he seemed to know what his future held. “My first word was “ball”. It wasn’t ‘mama’ or ...
Via Grandstand University
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Draft Blog Interview with Lamar Patterson

A common theme when talking to players getting ready for the NBA Draft every year is development. For young players, how much works still has to go into their game; and with juniors and seniors, what kind of work did you do and how did you go about it. Often the improvement is steady, but sometimes, all of the hard work comes together and a player can take his game up another level...
Via NBA Draft Blog
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Jameel Poteat Finally Comes To Pitt

When Jameel Poteat decommitted from Pitt during the Wannstedtian upheaval of 2010-11, it was a difficult but understandable action. Difficult because the 4-star, Bishop-McDevitt kid was also relative of one of the few standout Panthers from the late 90s. He attended the same high school LeSean McCoy did, and was talking of following his path. Difficult because Pitt had done so well...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears interested in Princeton DT Reid

While the Bears continue be linked to Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald at No. 14 overall in many mock drafts, the club continues to investigate interior defensive linemen that are projected to come off the board in the later rounds. The Bears are believed to have done extensive pre-draft work on Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid, who is rated as the 8th best at his...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Randall May Be Weaving Out of Pitt

Even though Derrick Randall didn’t contribute an overwhelming amount during the conference portion of the season, I did expect that Randall would be a nice cog for 2014-15. If, for no other reason, the lack of experienced depth in the frontcourt. Especially as far as true centers go. The Rutgers transfer had noticeably slimmed down and gotten into very good shape by the end of...
Via Pitt Blather
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Donald Is the NFL Draft’s Interior Terror

There are dozens to choose from, but there is one play from Aaron Donald’s remarkable senior season that stands alone as his favorite. It was early in the first quarter against Duke, with the Blue Devils driving. On a second-and-10, they ran an option play in the red zone. As the guard lined up across from him pulled, Donald knifed into the backfield. Rather than make a choice...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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