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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

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

Seven Panthers signed in post-draft free agency

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

GALLERY: Pitt vs Syracuse Football

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

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

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

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,...

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

Passing offense falters late against Oklahoma State

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...

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

No repeats of 2012 debacle in forecast for Panthers

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,...

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

Panthers set to kick off 2016 football season Saturday

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...

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

Pitt football training camp notebook: Week one

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,...

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

Pitt football places five on ACC All-Academic team

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...

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