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...
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August 21, 2014  |  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...
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August 20, 2014  |  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...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Pitt Football Training Camp Preview Questions

At the end of the spring practice sessions, I put together a list of the top five developments afterwards. With football training camp kicking off today, I wanted to throw out five things I'll be watching for over the next few weeks. There's a lot more, obviously, and things will develop, but here are five that might be at the top of the heap: 5. Running Back Distribution...
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August 04, 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...
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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...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

So Much For RB Depth

At least for the rest of spring practices. It’s been quite a few months in the offline world. Not necessarily in a good way. That’s really all I want to say about the latest gap in posting. When last I posted on football it was about the running back position. About how there was depth and lots of good feelings at the spot. Naturally that couldn’t last. Pitt running backs James...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Good Runs

A year ago the running back position was a mess. Rushel Shell had thrown his tantrum and was in the midst of deciding where he would consider transferring. Pitt only had two backs in Malcolm Crockett and Isaac Bennett. None of the guys coming in as freshmen seemed like anything close to saviors. Heck, it really seemed the plan was for either if not both James Connor and Rachid Ibrahim...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Boyd, Voytik, and Conner bring optimism for 2014 Pitt offense

Pitt was without Devin Street in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl game. Quarterback Tom Savage played, but only for a half. The team's starting running back, Isaac Bennett, was a non-factor with only five carries. Had you told me all of that would happen yesterday, it would have difficult to see a Pitt win. But that's exactly what happened as some offensive players had huge...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt's season ends with a whimper in a 41-31 loss to Miami

Pitt came out flat against Miami today and playing a clearly better team, that wasn't the way you wanted to see things start. On the way to an ugly 41-31 loss (the score wasn't really indicative of how the game went as Pitt scored a late TD in garbage), the Panthers had about as rough a beginning as you could have asked for. Lafayette Pitts, who had a horrible day all around...
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November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt beats Syracuse 17-16, becomes bowl-eligible

Isaac Bennett scored the decisive touchdown on a 5-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, Tom Savage passed for 218 yards and another score, and Pittsburgh rallied past Syracuse 17-16 on Saturday in a critical game for both teams. Both needed a victory to become eligible for the postseason, and Pitt (6-5, 3-4 ACC) got the job done. Syracuse (5-6, 3-4) has one more chance...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh seeks to extend Navy's losing streak

Pittsburgh and Navy bring vastly different goals into Saturday's game. The Panthers (4-2) are seeking their best start since 2009. The Midshipmen (3-3) are trying to avoid only their second three-game losing streak since 2003. Navy is coming off losses at Duke and Toledo. But the Midshipmen are 2-0 at home, a trend coach Ken Niumatalolo is eager to see continue. ''...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt holds on to beat Old Dominion

On a rainy night at Heinz Field, the Pitt Panthers overcame an early deficit to take down the Old Dominion Monarchs 35-24. Pitt found themselves down in an early 10-0 first quarter hole. Old Dominion's Taylor Heinicke engineered an impressive opening drive that resulted in a 15 touchdown pass to Marquel Thomas. After a punt by Pitt, Old Dominion's Jarod Brown kicked a Heinz...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Shallow Thoughts After ODU

Am I too old to be sleeping on a buddy’s couch after a night out? Judging by the ongoing grogginess and discomfort in my back, I would have to say yes. So this won’t be the deepest, most well thought out post-game post. After a very sluggish first quarter, Pitt asserted itself and took ODU out of the game. Even when there was the obligatory letdown by the defense in the third...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt avoids upset-minded ODU 35-24

Isaac Bennett ran for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns as Pittsburgh held off Old Dominion 35-24 on Saturday night. The Panthers (4-2) overcame an early 10-point deficit behind Bennett. Making his first start of the season, Bennett scored three times in a 12-minute span in the second quarter. Quarterback Tom Savage passed for 104 yards and a touchdown and also ran for...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt falls to Virginia Tech, 19-9

Well, that was fun. Or not. Pitt lost to Virginia Tech on the road today 19-9 and there really wasn't much to celebrate about the game. Box Score I made this point earlier in the week, but the Panthers' offense, while getting a lot of credit this year, hasn't played particularly well when facing good defenses. Against Florida State and Virginia, the running game in particular...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt offense explodes for 49-27 win over New Mexico

Okay, so we all figured Pitt would win. Our staff all predicted a Panthers win and while we mostly saw a comfortable one. In my Q&A over with the Mountain West Connection blog, I picked a Pitt win by a couple of touchdowns and the Panthers actually ended up winning by 22 - a number right around the spread. Box Score Earlier this week, I wrote about the Panthers' offense needing...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh cruises to a 49-27 win over New Mexico

Pitt scored touchdowns on six of its first eight possessions and defeated New Mexico 49-27 in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field. The Panthers (1-1, 0-1 ACC), who return to ACC play Saturday at Duke, got five touchdowns from their talented freshman class and a dominant performance from their defense in the first half. Pitt held New Mexico (1-2) to just 59 total...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Pitt's Isaac Bennett and James Conner continue to share carries?

After the transfer of Rushel Shell, Pitt junior Isaac Bennett looked to be the starter getting the bulk of the the carries for Pitt this season. Then a funny thing happened, though. Bennett got injured in camp and that gave Conner more carries than expected. It was those reps that opened the door for him and if the Florida State game was any indication, the Panthers will be going...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt's Bennett, Conner should be ready against Florida State

There's been a lot of concern about Pitt's running back situation - and for good reason. With the passing game a significant question mark, the Panthers need a solid running game. While Isaac Bennett doesn't have a ton of game experience, the thought is that he should be a reliable runner for the team this year. But with injuries to he and freshman James Conner, the backfield...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Will Run the Ball

I honestly don’t know, and don’t think anyone will know until Pitt’s offense takes the field on Monday Night. Here’s Coach Paul Chryst’s comments on Isaac Bennett. “He did some stuff yesterday in practice. He obviously missed quite a bit of time, so it’s too early to tell if he’ll be ready. But he was able to go through some things yesterday. We’ll see how he comes...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Panthers Football Preview

A new era begins for Pitt football with their transition to the ACC. The Panthers have made bowl games in five straight years, and 10 out of the last 13 in the former Big East conference. They make their debut with a second year coach in Paul Chryst, who unlike their previous coach, stayed for his second season. He faces stiffer competition in the ACC, and is going to have a tall...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Retooled Panthers ready to make a splash in ACC

The superficial touches are done. Every last symbol of Pittsburgh's time playing football in the Big East has vanished, as if the program hit control/alt/delete to erase two decades of only sporadic success. The school's fresh start in the Atlantic Coast Conference has pumped life into every corner of the athletic department. Nowhere is it more evident than in the sport...
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August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Bennett giving Pitt hope after Shell's departure

It's a post-Rushel Shell world, and Pitt's just living in it. Shell was expected to fill the void left by departed senior Ray Graham and become the next in a line of 1,000-yard backs at Pitt, a list that includes Graham, Dion Lewis, and LeSean McCoy. Instead, Shell abruptly left the program following his freshman season and eventually transferred to West Virginia. His departure...
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August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitt Football Q&A

To break up all of the Chapman discussion, I posted a comment to see if anyone had any ideas for some different talking points and it kind of evolved into a Q&A session about a cornucopia of topics. If I missed your question, sorry, once I got close to 1500 words I had to edit so I could get back to my day job. If you see any glaring errors, my apologies. Upittbaseball asked...
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August 01, 2013  |  Discuss
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