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Seven Panthers signed in post-draft free agency

Seven Panthers signed in post-draft free agency

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 30, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

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

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

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

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

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

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

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

GALLERY: Pitt vs Syracuse Football

By Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor

November 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Visual

  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

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

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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

Passing offense falters late against Oklahoma State

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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

No repeats of 2012 debacle in forecast for Panthers

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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

Panthers set to kick off 2016 football season Saturday

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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 football training camp notebook: Week one

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 13, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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

Pitt football places five on ACC All-Academic team

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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...

Military Bowl loss highlights areas of improvement for next season

Military Bowl loss highlights areas of improvement for next season

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

A 44-28 loss to Navy confirmed one fact: The Pitt football team couldn’t conquer high-caliber talent this season. Still, Pat Narduzzi’s first year as the Panthers’ head coach was an unmitigated success. An 8-5 record might not seem too impressive on paper, but eight wins represents stability in the Pi...

Pat Narduzzi’s first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

Pat Narduzzi’s first season brings about culture change for Pitt football

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

While scrolling through Twitter on Friday during Pitt football’s final game of the season, I came to a realization. Unfortunately, that realization wasn’t, “Maybe I should spend less time on Twitter.” Instead, as the Pitt football team fell to an early deficit in an eventual loss to Miami, I s...

Pitt football notebook: Week three

Pitt football notebook: Week three

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Before Pitt sets off for Kinnick Stadium, questions about position battles and health linger following a 24-7 win at Akron on Saturday. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi addressed his team’s quarterback controversy, injuries and depth at his weekly press conference Monday at the UPMC Sports Performance...

Ford finally receiving opportunity at wideout

Ford finally receiving opportunity at wideout

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Three years ago, Dontez Ford thought he had everything figured out.Ford, a prolific football player out of Sto-Rox High School in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, decided to play football at Syracuse University. He planned to study engineering, play wide receiver and relish the time away from home.It wasn...

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