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Former Panthers poised for success this NFL season

Steelers running back James Conner plays in a game against the Colts last August. (TPN file photo)

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

August 31, 2018

The SEC isn't the only institution that produces notable football players -- the ACC does as well. As the NFL is underway, the Pitt News reviews major former Panther's that can positively impact their respective teams.

Panther pride: O’Neill, Whitehead and Maddox’s journeys to the NFL

Avonte Maddox was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles 125th overall in the fourth round. He served as a team captain during his senior year at Pitt and was awarded the University’s Panther Award, for best promoting Pitt Athletics through outstanding athletic achievement. (The Pitt News File Photo)

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018

Pitt’s 2018 NFL Draft selections — offensive lineman Brian O’Neill, safety Jordan Whitehead and cornerback Avonte Maddox — all share common skills that made them appealing to professional teams — positional diversity and exceptional speed. Had these athletes played for different college teams, they may ...

Philadelphia Eagles snag Avonte Maddox in 4th round of NFL Draft

Pitt cornerback Avonte Maddox gets drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. (TPN file photo)

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 28, 2018

Just eight spots after fellow Pitt defensive back Jordan Whitehead was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Avonte Maddox joined the NFL ranks when the Philadelphia Eagles snagged him in the fourth round with the 125th overall pick. As a Panther, Maddox was a consistent presence in the defensiv...

Pitt defense demands new approach

Pitt linebacker Saleem Brightwell (#39)  and Elijah Zeise (#25) tackle YSU player in Saturday, Sept. 2, game against the Penguins. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

September 8, 2017

With victories over the national champions Clemson and Big Ten champions Penn State, the 2016 Pitt football team racked up some of the program’s biggest accomplishments in recent memory. But to continue the success in 2017, head coach Pat Narduzzi will have to find different ways to win games — s...

Top 5 ACC Kickoff takeaways

Max Browne (4) transferred to Pitt this winter and will begin the season as the starting quarterback. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Visual Editor)

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

July 18, 2017

With less than two months until the start of the 2017 college football season, Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program are preparing for fall camp and the opening week game against the Youngstown State Penguins. This weekend, Narduzzi, senior cornerback Avonte Maddox and redshirt junior offensive...

Rotstein: Despite losses, football will improve

Head Coach Pat Narduzzi enters his third season hoping to take the next step and reach the ACC Championship Game. Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2017

As the Pitt men’s basketball team tries to recover from a mass exodus of graduating players, transfers and dismissals, the Pitt football team will be dealing with its own loss of talent next season. Just don’t confuse the two. While the Panthers’ hoops roster for next season looks like a barren...

Gold team rules: Rosters set for Saturday’s spring game

Gold team general manager/cornerback Avonte Maddox makes a selection for the upcoming Pitt football Blue-Gold game. Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 13, 2017

The Pitt football team’s players and coaching staff gathered in the team room Wednesday morning at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side for some very important business: picking teams for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game. Linebackers coach Rob Harley will coach the Blue team, while running backs and spe...

Sostek Selects: Pitt football 2016 midseason awards

Quadree Henderson is the only player in college football with multiple kick return touchdowns in 2016. Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 19, 2016

The Pitt football team entered its bye week on the strength of three straight wins but will face a gauntlet of a three-game stretch coming out of the break. With a 5-2 overall record and 2-1 record in ACC play at the midway point of the season, the Panthers are in position for a run at the division ...

Prediction: Panthers offense to keep rolling in Virginia

Pitt cornerback Avonte Maddox gets drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. (TPN file photo)

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2016

One week after defeating Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers will have to harness a Bronco — Bronco Mendenhall, that is. Pittsburgh travels to Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12:30 p.m. to take on Mendenhall, the first-year...

Whitehead practices on Tuesday, expected to play Saturday

Pitt's defense could receive a huge boost against Georgia Tech on Saturday with the return of safety Jordan Whitehead (9).  John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 4, 2016

For at least the 30-minute window that was open to the media, Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead suited up and returned to practice with the Panthers Tuesday morning. After missing Pitt’s 43-27 win against Marshall on Saturday, Whitehead –– the reigning ACC rookie of the year –– appears to be on tr...

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