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Panthers crush Delaware in opener 62-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Conner rushed for 153 yards and four first-half touchdowns as Pittsburgh ripped Delaware 62-0 on Saturday. Conner scored on runs of 7, 8, 1 and 19 yards as the Panthers opened the season with a victory for the first time under third-year coach Paul Chryst. Pitt pushed the overmatched Blue Hens around, outgaining Delaware 501-64 to post the program's first...
Via AP on Fox
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Maturing Panthers wary in opener against Delaware

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ray Vinopal can't quite find the words to describe the transformation in the Pitt program since Paul Chryst took over. And while that transformation hasn't quite made it onto the field on a consistent basis, the senior safety is confident it's on the way because of the tone set by the unassuming man with the biggest office in the building. ''The...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

One More Day

We get to see the Panthers 2014 version play their first game tomorrow and I’m sure you guys are excited as I am.  Last night I sat in the car while my wife was shopping and I tried to gather all the info I know and all the opinions I have and come out with some sort of handle on what the PITT team will be like this year. Not an easy thing to do.  You guys have read what I...
Via Pitt Blather
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pitt's Durand Johnson working on game and rehab

Durand Johnson is fighting his way back in hopes of being ready to start the season with the Panthers in November. Johnson is on track to do just that and when he gets back on the court, he wants to be more than just an outside shooter: "Last year, before I went down, I was trying to mix up my game, not just be a spot-up shooter and get out in transition, but also take guys...
Via SCACC Hoops
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Pitt Basketball playing at the right tempo?

The Pittsburgh Panthers don't need to play faster in the new ACC. They're fitting in just fine. Is it really true that ACC teams love getting up and down the floor and play in games with a lot of possessions?  There's certainly a lot of people who assume that.  Which conference players, both past and present, truly are the embodiment of that description?  Maybe former...
Via SCACC Hoops
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Catching Up On Things

For real media companies and reporters, this past week and this one would be where all the coverage is ramped up and there would be lots of articles. Chasing page views and taking advantage of the growing excitement for the new season. Not at Pitt Blather. Noooo. Instead we take the less is more approach. Letting our pieces breathe, and – Okay, that’s an obvious load of crap...
Via Pitt Blather
3 days ago  |  Discuss

For real media companies and reporters, this past week and this one would be where all the coverage is ramped up and there would be lots of articles. Chasing page views and taking advantage of the growing excitement for the new season. Not at Pitt Blather. Noooo. Instead we take the less is more approach. Letting our pieces breathe, and – Okay, that’s an obvious load of crap...
Via Pitt Blather
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt’s New Walk-On Program

Do you want to know how some of that ACC money is being spent and what dividends we’ll get out of spending it?  Look no further than the growing PITT walk-on program.  Walk-ons are an interesting breed with interesting rules attached to them. There are two different types of walk-on players; the preferred walk-on and the regular walk-on. The Preferred Walk-on is usually contacted...
Via Pitt Blather
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh and Kentucky Series in the Works, Keg of Nails Remains Dormant

Bill Koch dropped some information this morning over at Cincinnati.com. The most relevant information is that it appears that the Pittsburgh Panthers are coming back on the schedule. Koch says that a series starting in 2023 is looking likely. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh haven’t played since the Panthers took off for the ACC. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh play for this ugly ass trophy...
Via Bearcats Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 61 – Damon Wilson

61. Damon WILSON Height: 6’-5” Weight: 190 Position: PG High School (State): Our Savior New American (NY) Club Team (Affiliation): Game Elite (adidas) Commitment: Pittsburgh Panthers Breakdown: Capable of playing on and off the ball, Wilson was a valuable pledge to Pitt when his verbal commitment was announced last November. Wilson started out high school ...
Via Hoopniks
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chad Voytik named as Pitt's starting quarterback

In the least obvious move of Pitt's training camp, head coach Paul Chryst has finally named Chad Voytik as the team's starting quarterback. Voytik beat out backup Trey Anderson for the job and will officially get the nod against Delaware in the season opener. There was never really any true suspense here. Voytik didn't play terribly well in camp, but was still a pretty...
Via SCACC Hoops
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt names QB Chad Voytik starter for opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) Chad Voytik will be the starting quarterback for Pitt when opens the season on Aug. 30 against Delaware. Coach Paul Chryst officially announced Voytik as the starter on Thursday after watching Voytik separate himself from Trey Anderson during the two-plus weeks of training camp. Voytik took the majority of the snaps with the first string during camp and impressed...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh names Chad Voytik starting quarterback

Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst has named Chad Voytik the team's starting QB heading into the 2014 season, a source told CBSSports.com. The 6-1, 205-pound Voytik played in four games as a backup to Tom Savage last season, completing 6 of 11 passes for 116 yards. He played the second half of the team's 30-27 win over Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Bowl, relieving an...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Isaac Bennett to be ready for Pitt-Delaware opener

Some pretty significant news dropped on Wednesday regarding Pitt running back Isaac Bennett. For starters, Bennett is expected to be ready for the Panthers' opener against Delaware. "Oh, I am ready," declared Bennett. "I am ready to be out there with my team; it is always a great pleasure, especially it being my senior year." In fact, he said there was never...
Via SCACC Hoops
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Comings and Goings

Well, the euphoria of a nice recruiting get lasted all of 24 hours. Is this where we are supposed to gnash our teeth and mutter or whine about not being allowed to have nice things? Welp, start with the older and positive news. The depth at running back will continue to swell as Pitt got a verbal on Tuesday from Darrin Hall out of Youngstown. The four-star running back announced...
Via Pitt Blather
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at Pitt Football's crowded backfield

Paul Chryst's recruiting abilities have come into question during his time at Pitt. But it's clear that Chryst has been able to recruit two positions very well - offensive line and running back. The already deep running back group just got a bit stronger with Tuesday's commitment of 2015 four-star running back Darrin Hall. According to Rivals, Pitt landed Hall over offering...
Via SCACC Hoops
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers QB Voytik closing in on starting job

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sophomore Chad Voytik is moving closer to grabbing the starting quarterback job at Pitt. Voytik took the majority of the snaps with the first team during a scrimmage over the weekend, drawing praise from coach Paul Chryst. Voytik, a sophomore, and junior Trey Anderson are both competing to be the starter when the Panthers open the season against Delaware on Aug....
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

James Robinson: A Model of Consistency for Pitt

Point guard James Robinson isn't the most flashy player, but when it comes to winning, that isn't a bad thing. There's something to be said for consistency.  Perhaps more than anything else, that's what Pitt point guard James Robinson is best known for in some fashion or another: he consistently doesn't turn the ball over, he consistently plays hard on the defensive...
Via SCACC Hoops
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleaning Up Some Football Debris

First off, I can’t thank Reed enough for the work he’s done in August. It’s been tremendous having him writing and making the trips for practices and scrimmage. Some fantastic stuff. There’s not a lot I can add to that part. So I’m just going to clear some tabs, hit the links, and toss a few of my own thoughts in along the way. The offensive line is either going to have...
Via Pitt Blather
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt Football Preview

Pitt's premiere season in the ACC produced their sixth consecutive trip to a bowl, winning seven games, with two of their three conference wins coming against fellow Big East transplant Syracuse, and beating eventual Coastal Division champion Duke in Durham. This season, the Panthers bring back plenty of offense, minus quarterback Tom Savage and wide receiver Devin Street, ...
Via SCACC Hoops
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers football searching for identity in ACC

PITTSBURGH (AP) Tyler Boyd is used to the attention that comes with being among the best players on the football field. Still, the Pittsburgh sophomore wide receiver's stellar 2013 season - when he set school freshman marks in receptions (85), yards receiving (1,174) and touchdowns (seven) - wasn't enough for him to generate much buzz. Boyd didn't make the preseason...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers searching for Donald's replacement

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pitt coach Paul Chryst says the Panthers are going to rely on several players to replace the production of former defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Donald was an All-American last year while racking up 11 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss. He's now in the NFL, forcing Pitt to regroup. Juniors Darryl Render and Khaynin Mosley-Smith have impressed early in training...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitt: Paul Chryst not rushing Isaac Bennett back from injury

Back in the spring, Pitt running back Isaac Bennett went down with a shoulder injury. Both he and James Conner missed a lot of time during the spring practices, but Bennett's injury also required surgery. Bennett's status for fall camp at the time was up in the air. The running back has been practicing in camp, but has been limited. As Jim noted briefly on Monday, Bennett...
Via SCACC Hoops
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Eyes On the Defense to Start

Usually the first couple days of practice, most of the media attention is on the offense. There’s a logic to that. The practice is padless, so there isn’t any hitting or tackling. It’s a chance for skill players to really stand out. Add in when a new QB is taking the reins, the extra attention is there. Not that the offense hasn’t gotten some notice. Freshman RB Chris James...
Via Pitt Blather
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Jamie Dixon experiments with Pitt rosters in The Bahamas

As I wrote earlier, Pitt's international trip to The Bahamas really came during a good season. The Panthers not only have a young team as they expect to rely heavily on several underclassmen for the second straight season, but the team has some new faces as well. With Pitt still in a bit of a transition as a program, Jamie Dixon has some work to do in the configuration of...
Via SCACC Hoops
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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