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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...
Via Pitt Blather
29 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Sportsnaut
April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh freshman Manigault, sophomore Clark transferring

PITTSBURGH (AP) Freshman forward Corey Manigault and sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark are transferring from Pittsburgh. The players announced the move shortly after the Panthers finished a disappointing 16-17 season in coach Kevin Stallings' first year. Manigault appeared in 18 games, averaging less than a point and a rebound per contest. Clark did not appear in a game for the...
Via Associated Press
March 14, 2017  |  Discuss

James Conner receives clean scan before NFL Combine

James Conner — and NFL teams interested in him — received good news on Thursday.The former Pitt fullback received a clean scan, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Conner announced in Dec. 2015 that he had been diagnoses with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He went through chemotherapy, completing the treatment in May. Conner announced after that point that he was cancer-free.Conner rushed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Pat Fitzgerald pumped Northwestern up with video of Danny Kanell putting 40 confidence points on Pitt

Playing in a bowl game with a 6-6 record, there weren’t many on chips on Northwestern’s shoulder. At that point, you’re more or less just happy to play another game. But ESPN analyst Danny Kanell gave the Wildcats some extra motivation by basically guaranteeing on national television that Pittsburgh would beat Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday. Kanell put 40...
Via The Comeback
December 28, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the players from the Pittsburgh Panthers that are members of the NFL Hall of Fame

Eight players from the University of Pittsburgh Panthers are members of the NFL Hall of Fame. Can you name them all? Clue: Position/Years active in NFL  
December 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Conner declares for 2017 NFL Draft

Pittsburgh running back James Conner has opted out of his senior year, announcing his decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday. Forever Grateful. pic.twitter.com/B8wXA9ABZz — James Conner (@JamesConner_) December 10, 2016 Conner, a cancer survivor, returned to Pitt this season with a vengeance after beating Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After announcing he had been diagnosed...
Via Sportsnaut
December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Duke Vs. Pittsburgh Highlights NESN, NESNplus Saturday College Football Schedules

The Pittsburgh Panthers pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the college football season in their last game, but that doesn’t mean facing 4-6 Duke on Saturday will be a walk in the park. The Panthers stunned Clemson last week and shook up the College Football Playoff race. They already are bowl eligible, so they mostly have pride and bowl positioning left to play for this season...
Via NESN.com
November 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh players go nuts celebrating after win over Clemson (VIDEO)

Pittsburgh and Clemson battled it out in the game of the day on Saturday, which ended with the No. 3-ranked team in the country, falling 43-42. The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season at the worst possible time, as it seemed as if they had gotten their most difficult games out of the way already. Don’t tell that to the Panthers, who fought until the final whistle to...
Via The Sports Daily
November 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Panthers nail late 48-yard FG to upset No. 2 Clemson 43-42

The Pittsburgh Panthers upset No. 2 Clemson 43-42, giving Pat Narduzzi a signature win to build his program around. Make no mistake about: this upset came as quite a surprise. After losing to Miami 51-28, Pittsburgh was mathematically eliminated from the Coastal division race. With nothing other than pride to play for, one had to wonder what kind of team would show up for Pittsburgh...
Via The Comeback
November 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Chris Blewitt makes game-winning kick after kiss from Pat Narduzzi

A kiss might have contributed to one of the biggest upsets of the college football season. Clemson opened as a 19-point favorite over Pittsburgh, but that didn’t matter to the Panthers. Pittsburgh trailed 42-34 after three quarters, but scored the final nine points of game to knock off the No. 2 team the country. The hero was Chris Blewitt, who made a 48-yard field goal with six...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt coach has interesting choice of words after Clemson upset

Pitt pulled off a major upset on Saturday night as they handed previously unbeaten Clemson their first loss of the season. Afterwards, Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi used a very interesting choice of words during a postgame interview. During his interview with ESPN, Narduzzi said his team “had a lot of guts” in their 43-42 win over Clemson. “It’s a team win, and I’m...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 12, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pitt 300-pound OL Brian O’Neill scores touchdown

First and goal at the five-yard line, down eight points in the fourth quarter. Seems like a perfect time for… a handoff to your 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle? Huh? Well, that’s what Pittsburgh did on Thursday night against Virginia Tech, and it worked! Check out this beautiful end-around touchdown run from Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill: And that dive! Awesome. Then...
Via The Comeback
October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every member of the Pittsburgh Panthers to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft

Since 1961, the Pittsburgh Panthers have sent 25 players to the pros in the first round of the NFL draft. How many can you name? Clue: Year-Draft Number-Position-Team  
September 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Untangling the highs and lows of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry

In the ever-changing and constantly in-your-face sports climate we live in every day, it's increasingly more difficult to remember beyond what happened yesterday. But it's as important as ever to know your history and be able to contextualize the present. Or in this case, the near future, as Penn State and Pittsburgh will face off on a football field on Saturday at Heinz Field for...
Via Yardbarker
September 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB Conner scores two TDs in first game after beating cancer

One of the absolute best feel-good stories of the college football season unfolded Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Pitt running back James Conner, who recently won a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, led his team onto the field and scored two touchdowns against Villanova in his first game back since taking a leave of absence to focus on his health last fall. Blessed to be...
Via The Comeback
September 03, 2016  |  Discuss

James Conner Scores Two Touchdowns For Pittsburgh After Beating Cancer

On paper, a Week 1 matchup between Pittsburgh and FCS foe Villanova isn’t much to get excited about, but James Conner changed that with his triumphant return to football. The Panthers running back walked out of the tunnel with his teammates and played in his first game since beating Hogkin’s lymphoma Saturday, and he announced his return with a pair of touchdowns. Conner ran...
Via NESN.com
September 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Cancer survivor James Conner wants to spike ball after first TD

The Pittsburgh Panthers open their season on Saturday with a game against the Villanova Wildcats. And Panthers running back James Conner has special plans if he scores a touchdown during the game. And to say he has a good reason to want do do so would be a drastic understatement. Conner has navigated an incredibly tumultuous and difficult year. After suffering a season-ending...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Look: Pittsburgh Panthers unveil alternate uniforms

Take a look at these alternate “retro” uniforms that the Pitt Panthers will wear during their homecoming game this year on October 8th against Georgia Tech…. For you, #PantherNation. pic.twitter.com/zrWSQak9aW — Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) August 16, 2016 #PantherNation…Get a closer look at the #PittRetro uniforms: https://t.co/mQAGZnGUL4 pic.twitter.com/ScocSHNYU2...
Via The Student Section
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Fresh off beating cancer, Pitt running back James Conner is on track to play in season opener

It has only been three months since James Conner was declared cancer free, but the Pittsburgh Panthers running back is already a full participant at fall practice and is on track to play in the Panthers’ season opener on Sept. 3, according to a report from ESPN. Conner’s journey to this point is nothing short of remarkable. It is a testament to his perseverance that he is...
Via The Comeback
August 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt RB James Conner tweets that he is cancer free

This past December, Pitt star running back James Conner, who missed most of the 2015 campaign due to injury, announced that he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma and would soon be undergoing cancer treatment. This past spring, Conner underwent chemotherapy to treat the disease – while making a few cool public appearances along the way. Monday, Conner took to Twitter with an important announcement...
Via College Spun
May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every player from the University of Pittsburgh that has been a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro NFL player

30 players from the University of Pittsburgh have found success in the NFL as a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro NFL player. How many of them can you name? Clue: Draft year/#All Pro selections/#Pro Bowl selections
May 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Pitt Sports Academics on the Rise

From the Pitt Media Department: PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh athletic programs posted strong numbers in the most recent measurement of the Academic Progress Rate, as scores were released by NCAA Wednesday afternoon. Division I student-athletes across the country continue to make gains in the classroom, earning all-time high results in the APR. “As a whole, we are...
Via Pitt Blather
April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Chris Harris Jr. doesn’t consider Josh Norman a top-five CB

After cornerback Josh Norman and the Carolina Panthers were unable to come to terms on a long-term deal, the team decided it best to rescind his franchise tag. The move sends Norman to a promising free agent market. While Norman is of the opinion he is worth top dollar after recording career-highs in 2015, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. isn’t buying it. When Harris...
Via Sportsnaut
April 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Pitt RB James Conner Went On ‘The Ellen Show’ To Discuss Cancer Battle

Pitt running back James Conner has inspired many during his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. The Panthers star was diagnosed in December, and has participated in off-season workouts and practices while undergoing chemotherapy. Conner, who missed almost all of last season with an MCL injury, is aiming to be back in action when Pitt opens up its 2016 season against Villanova on Sept....
Via College Spun
April 21, 2016  |  Discuss
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