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Seven Panthers signed in post-draft free agency

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi will have to replace many key players next season, as 11 Panthers were signed by NFL teams this weekend. Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 30, 2017

Five Panthers were selected in this year’s draft — the most since 2011. Seven additional Panthers who didn’t hear their name called had to find a team through post-draft free agency. In total, 12 Panthers were picked up by an NFL team for the upcoming season — with three headed to the Steele...

Panthers make last impression on NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day

Wide receiver Dontez Ford turned heads with a 36-inch vertical leap at Pitt's Pro Day Wednesday. Meghan Sunners | Assistant Visual Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017

With a little over a month left before the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pitt football team’s draft-eligible standouts made one last impression on NFL teams Wednesday morning. Dozens of NFL scouts, coaches and reporters packed the practice facility at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side, as 19 Pa...

Saying Goodbye: Pitt seniors lament last loss, cherish memories made

Senior middle linebacker Matt Galambos (47) sings Pitt's victory song with teammates after the Panthers' 42-39 win over Penn State Sept. 10. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017

The Pitt football team’s Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Northwestern was supposed to be a coronation of sorts for the Panthers’ 2016 senior class. After two 6-6 seasons under Todd Graham in 2013 and 2014, the seniors helped engineer a smooth transition to Pitt’s new regime, posting back-to-b...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Syracuse Football

James Conner (24) celebrates a late touchdown reception by teammate Jester Weah (85). Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor

November 27, 2016

  Quadree Henderson (10) leads the NCAA with four combined kick and punt return touchdowns on the season. Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor ...

Young WRs Ffrench and Tipton fill in, break out against Marshall

True freshman wide receiver Maurice Ffrench (2) scored his first career touchdown against Marshall Saturday night. Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 6, 2016

The call was for the Panthers’ trademark jet sweep –– a handoff where a wide receiver gets a running start before the snap. But this time, the call wasn’t intended for the usual receiver. Usually, jet sweeps go to sophomore Quadree Henderson, who spent Pitt’s first five games gashing opposin...

Passing offense falters late against Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State defeated Pitt on Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Courtesy of Pitt Athletics.

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 18, 2016

Pitt’s passing offense could not keep up with Oklahoma State Saturday, due in part to redshirt senior Dontez Ford sitting out the game because of a reported broken collarbone. Playing without the team’s only experienced wide receiver, quarterback Nathan Peterman threw for 237 yards and completed less than 50 percent...

No repeats of 2012 debacle in forecast for Panthers

Pitt running back James Conner will take the field Saturday for the first time since recovering from a torn MCL and Hodgkin's lymphoma. Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016

Pitt fans know all too well the perils that can come with taking the first opponent of the season lightly just because it is a Football Championship Subdivision — formerly I-AA — team. In 2012, Paul Chryst was in his first game as head coach of the Panthers, and a win -- good start to his tenu...

Panthers set to kick off 2016 football season Saturday

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi gets the Panthers ready for their first ACC game of the season against the Tar Heels.  Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016

The Pitt football team will face a grueling three-week stretch against a dangerous trio of opponents in Penn State, No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 22 North Carolina beginning Sept. 10. But even though tougher teams loom, head coach Pat Narduzzi reminded Pitt fans this week that winning Saturday’s se...

Pitt football training camp notebook: Week one

Pitt RB James Conner was one of three Panthers named to the Lombardi Award watch list. Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 13, 2016

Change is in the air at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex this month, and Pitt’s new script jerseys haven’t even seen the light of day yet. The Panthers opened training camp at the complex Monday, Aug. 8., in preparation for the 2016 season. And while it may be Pat Narduzzi’s second year as head ...

Pitt football places five on ACC All-Academic team

Panthers DB Jordan Whitehead earned his fourth award watch list selection Friday. | Meghan Sunners / Senior Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 10, 2016

While Pat Narduzzi’s team put together a successful 2015 campaign on the field, a group of football players thrived off the gridiron as well. The ACC announced that five Pitt football players — redshirt junior offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, junior wide receiver Dontez Ford, sophomore cornerback A...

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