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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

Pittsburgh DL Aaron Donald Could Go As High As No. 6 Overall?

  Tony Pauline’s sources have informed him that Pittsburgh DL Aaron Donald could be draft as high as No. 6 overall by the Falcons, depending on what happens in the first five picks. According to Pauline, that in order for this scenario to play out the quarterback prospects would need to fall out of the top-five with the offensive tackle and pass rushing prospects coming off...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cowboys draft series: Why Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald makes sense at No. 16

After yet another 8-8 season that fell short of expectations, the Cowboys aim to improve their roster through the draft. With the 16th pick, the team hopes to select a player who will be an immediate contributor and help the Cowboys for years to come. Here is a look one of five prospects who may make sense for Dallas: Aaron Donald Position: Defensive Tackle School: Pittsburgh Height...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Pitt basketball freshmen take a big step forward in 2014-15?

Can Pitt's promising group of freshmen take the "next step" ? Pitt is coming off a good, but not great season. The Panthers won 26 games, participated in the NCAA tournament for the 12th time in 13 years, and transitioned from the Big East to the ACC with a 5th place finish. All of those were positive signs. The negative signs were more of a "what could have been...
Via SCACC Hoops
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Hits: Pittsburgh routs Colorado to advance in tourney

In one of the biggest mismatches between Nos. 8 and 9 seeds in NCAA Tournament history, the ACC's Pittsburgh Panthers routed their Pac-12 opponents, the higher-seeded Colorado Buffaloes, 77-48. Here are three quick observations off the game: 1. Pittsburgh rode a late-season wave of positive momentum into the tournament, and now look forward to the biggest upset in Jamie Dixon...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt cornerback Pitts sets tone during spring drills

Pitt defensive coordinator Matt House called it a “pursuit drill,” with all 11 players chasing the ball carrier over 50 yards of turf. The objective: never give up, even when the task appears hopeless. During the second day of spring drills Tuesday — still without pads — rising junior cornerback Lafayette Pitts set the tone. Later, House enjoyed talking about it. “It...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

What Seed Did Pittsburgh Get In The 2014 NCAA Tournament?

Seed: For the upcoming 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Pittsburgh Panthers were given a 9-seed in the South-region. They are coached by Jamie Dixon and hail from the ACC. You can view the entire 2014 NCAA Tournament field here in our official bracket. Where: They will open play against Colorado in Orlando on Thursday. Why: Pitt finished with an 11-7 record in the ACC, good enough for...
Via College Spun
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Virginia Pulls Off A Triple-Block On Pitt’s Cameron Wright

Cameron Wright probably regrets his decision to drive the basketball on the possession shown below. Wright, a junior guard for the Pitt Panthers, tried to take it hard to the hole against Virginia in the second half of Saturday’s ACC semi-final matchup. He was met by three Cavaliers, all of whom blocked his attempt. It’s one of the rare “triple-blocks” we’ve ever seen.
Via College Spun
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

COMMIT: JUCO PF Tyrone Haughton to Pittsbugh

The Pittsburgh Panthers landed the fourth member of their 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday, as 6′-9″ power forward Tyrone Haughton of Iowa Western CC (IA) announced his pledge. Haughton was originally headed to play for the South Carolina Gamecocks out of high school, prior to taking the junior college route. Presently, Haughton is averaging 3 points, 6 ...
Via Hoopniks
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ten former Pitt Panthers players participate in pro day workout

Pitt All-American defensive lineman Aaron Donald, one of the breakout stars at the recent NFL Scouting Combine, chose not to run the 40-yard dash at Pitt’s pro day workout Monday for NFL coaches and scouts in attendance. “I retired my 40 cleats,” Donald joked. After being timed at 4.68 in the 40 and bench pressing 225 pounds 35 times at the combine in Indianapolis, there...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Don’t blame Pitt for feeling snake-bitten

Send to Kindle  Credit: Pitt Athletics   Pardon the Pitt Panthers if they feel snake-bitten… January 27 – Pitt faces Duke at home in a much ballyhooed ACC showdown for the Panthers.  They can’t shut off Duke’s 3-ball and the Blue Devils make 13 in winning a closer game than the 80-65 margin suggests. February 2 – Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia hits a three-pointer with...
Via College Chalktalk
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Zanna's bad ankle gave glimpse at glaring issue

Forgive Jamie Dixon if Pitt's season flashed before his eyes when Talib Zanna collapsed on the court. A hush fell over Petersen Events Center on Sunday when Zanna twisted his left ankle against Virginia. Pitt already had lost one key contributor when sophomore swingman Durand Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury Jan. 11. The Panthers can ill afford to lose Zanna, the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Finding Space To Win

Lots of gallows humor with last night’s Pitt-Miami game. Miami plays an even slower tempo than Virginia. And it was a slog. Pitt escaped with the win. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t good basketball. It still counts as a win. Pitt is struggling. The reasons are obvious. Zanna is clearly hobbled with the ankle sprain he suffered on Sunday, but he is still the best option for Pitt...
Via Pitt Blather
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Scouting Report: Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald

Name: Aaron Donald Position: DT School: Pittsburgh Year: Senior Ht: 6’0” Wt: 288 2010 Stats: 8 Solo Tackles, 3 Assisted, 3 TFL, 2 Sacks, and 2 Pass Deflections 2011 Stats: 22 Solo Tackles, 25 Assisted, 16 TFL, 11 Sacks, 1 FF, and 4 Pass Deflection 2012 Stats: 42 Solo Tackles, 22 Assisted, 18.5 TFL, 5.5 Sacks, 1 FF, and 2 Pass Deflections 2013 Stats: 43 Solo Tackles...
Via Standing O Sports
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Patterson, No. 25 Pitt overcome Miami in OT

Lamar Patterson scored 25 points to help No. 25 Pittsburgh end a two-game losing streak with a 57-55 overtime victory over Miami on Wednesday night.
Via Philly Sports Live
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt Panthers Legitimacy in Question

On Monday, January 27, the Duke Blue Devils defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 80-65, handing the Panthers their first home loss this season.  The Blue Devils were paced by Jabari Parker’s 21 points, and proved to be too much for the Panthers to handle who were led by Lamar Patterson’s 14 points. This loss has all fans and analysts wondering, are the Panthers worthy of their top...
Via isportsweb.com
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt's Lamar Patterson: Focus on performance, not Wooden snub

Have you met Lamar Patterson? Passionate followers of the Pitt Panthers, and there are more of those than there once were, found themselves a bit vexed by the release of a Wooden Award midseason top 25 list that omitted young Mr. Patterson. We have told you before the Wooden Award is the least trustworthy of the three major ballot-based player of the year awards — the Naismith...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Donald Interview

Our interview with Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Via Walter Football
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 20 Pittsburgh defeats Maryland 83-79

Lamar Patterson scored 28 points, and No. 20 Pittsburgh beat Maryland 83-79 Saturday night to complete its first regular-season sweep as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Pittsburgh (18-2, 6-1) never trailed in the second half against the struggling Terrapins, who lost by 20 to the Panthers on Jan. 6. Although this game was significantly closer than the first one, Maryland...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Donald impresses at the Senior Bowl

In a year when the Senior Bowl is lacking in top-level talent, the best college player who chose to attend was Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who won the Outland Trophy as the best college lineman, the Lombardi Award as the best lineman or linebacker and the Bednarik and Nagurski awards as the best defensive player. The best college players don’t always turn out to be...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Breakdown: Pitt Commit Jamal Davis

The Pittsburgh Panthers landed a commitment from Canton (OH) McKinley linebacker Jamal Davis over the weekend following an official visit. What are the Panthers getting with the three-star athlete?
Via recruiting.scout.com
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitt breezes by Clemson, 76-43

Pitt center Talib Zanna said the Panthers were "mad" after their loss Saturday against Syracuse and wanted to "take it out" on Clemson, who happened to be their first opponent after the Orange. Panthers coach Jamie Dixon said the Panthers "practiced angry" because they knew they let that game slip away and wanted to prove they could play a lot better...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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