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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 ...

Panthers put on show for pro scouts

The Pitt football team casually stands around and spectates teammates undergoing various tests in the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. (Photo by Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor)

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor

March 22, 2018

The newest Panther football players are just getting used to life in Oakland at spring practices. The draft-eligible former players, however, had a chance Wednesday morning to impress NFL scouts and potentially find their new homes. Representatives for all 32 NFL teams gathered in the UPMC Rooney...

Seven Panthers invited to NFL combine

Senior wide receiver Jester Weah (85) is one of 7 Pitt football players invited to the NFL Combine. (Photo by Thomas J. Yang | Visual Editor)

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 6, 2018

There will be seven Pitt Panthers potentially heading to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine this March. Among the Panthers going to Indianapolis are wide receiver Quadree Henderson, safety Jordan Whitehead and offensive lineman Brian O’Neill, who each announced that they we...

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

Brian O'Neil (70) blocks down field during a game against Syracuse last year. (Photo by Steve Rotstein / Contributing Editor)

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

December 15, 2017

Pitt will now lose its third player from this year’s roster to the NFL. Redshirt junior offensive tackle Brian O’Neill joins juniors Quadree Henderson and Jordan Whitehead in declaring for the draft this April. O’Neill announced his decision in a statement released to the media on Friday morning. ...

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...

Nine Panthers named to ACSMA All-ACC football teams

Quadree Henderson (10) earned first-team All-ACC honors as a kick returner and honorable mention as a wide receiver for the 2016-17 season. John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016

Nine players on the Pitt football team received All-ACC recognition Monday from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Four Panthers earned first-team All-ACC honors: redshirt junior running back James Conner, senior offensive guard Dorian Johnson, sixth-year senior defensive end Ejuan Price and ...

Chris Blewitt, Brian O’Neill earn weekly ACC honors

Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt (12) hit a game-winning field goal in the Panthers' 37-34 win over Georgia Tech. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 10, 2016

The Atlantic Coast Conference recognized two Pitt Panthers Monday for their performances in the Panthers’ 37-34 Homecoming win over Georgia Tech Saturday. The ACC named senior kicker Chris Blewitt Specialist of the Week after he made all four of his extra point attempts and all three of his fiel...

Brian O’Neill builds body, changes positions

Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 4, 2015

It wasn’t a GNC protein bar or rare animal meat that Pitt redshirt freshman Brian O’Neill credited as a staple of his weight-gaining regimen this offseason. Instead, the first of six meals he ate every day was much more mundane. “I’d wake up at about 3:30 in the morning and eat two peanut but...

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