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Former Panthers poised for success this NFL season

Former Panthers poised for success this NFL season

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

August 31, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

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

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

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

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 ...

Tampa Bay selects Jordan Whitehead with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft

Tampa Bay selects Jordan Whitehead with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football had its second player taken off the board— after offensive lineman Brian O’Neill— when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected safety Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Despite dealing with two shortened seasons after an impressive first year, Whi...

Panthers put on show for pro scouts

Panthers put on show for pro scouts

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor

March 22, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

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

Seven Panthers invited to NFL combine

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

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...

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 11, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football has lost yet another member of the squad to the NFL, as junior defensive back Jordan Whitehead declares for the 2018 draft. The Aliquippa native and former WPIAL player made his announcement Monday morning on Twitter. “After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to begin prepar...

Hall and Whitehead receive ACC honors

Hall and Whitehead receive ACC honors

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Football

Two Pitt football players received ACC honors this week for their performances in Saturday’s defeat of the Duke University Blue Devils. Junior running back Darrin Hall earned the ACC Offensive Back of the Week title, and junior safety Jordan Whitehead was named Co-Defensive Back of the Week. This marks ...

Panthers’ secondary shows improvement in Syracuse loss

Panthers’ secondary shows improvement in Syracuse loss

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Pitt’s defense — particularly the secondary — has become an easy target for criticism during the last two years. There have been low moments, such as last year’s 37-36 loss at North Carolina and this year’s 59-21 loss to Oklahoma State, but in Saturday’s loss against Syracuse, the Pitt defense earned som...

Narduzzi keeps focus on Youngstown ahead of PSU rematch

Narduzzi keeps focus on Youngstown ahead of PSU rematch

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

With Pitt football’s highly anticipated matchup against Penn State only 11 days away, some might look at this week’s game against the Youngstown State Penguins and dismiss it as an easy win for the Panthers. Just don’t count head coach Pat Narduzzi among them. At his weekly press conference ...

Narduzzi dismisses DE Blair, suspends three others

Narduzzi dismisses DE Blair, suspends three others

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

July 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Narduzzi announced Friday the dismissal of senior defensive end Rori Blair and suspensions of redshirt junior offensive lineman Alex Bookser, senior linebacker Quintin Wirginis and junior safety Jordan Whitehead Friday afternoon. With two of its first three games coming against some of the best...

Nine Panthers named to ACSMA All-ACC football teams

Nine Panthers named to ACSMA All-ACC football teams

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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 ...

Whitehead’s pick-six sparks Pitt to win in Virginia

Whitehead’s pick-six sparks Pitt to win in Virginia

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 17, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Facing third-and-10 from his own 44-yard line with 18 seconds left in the first half, Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert thought he saw a receiver come open over the middle of the field. But he didn’t see Jordan Whitehead. The Pitt football team had just tied the game at 28 with 40 seconds left in the fir...

Pitt defeats Virginia for third straight win, 45-31

Pitt defeats Virginia for third straight win, 45-31

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Saturday’s Pitt-Virginia football game was a tale of two halves. The Panthers (5-2 overall, 2-1 ACC) recovered from a shootout of a first half in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which the two teams scored a combined 63 points, holding the Cavaliers (2-4 overall, 1-1 ACC) to just three second-half...

Whitehead practices on Tuesday, expected to play Saturday

Whitehead practices on Tuesday, expected to play Saturday

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 4, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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...

Pitt tops Marshall at home, 43-27, in first win since Penn State

Pitt tops Marshall at home, 43-27, in first win since Penn State

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 2, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

On paper, the score of Saturday’s Pitt-Marshall game would seemingly tell the story of a blowout win for the Panthers. But numbers can be deceiving, and the 43-27 final certainly was, as the Panthers utilized two touchdowns in the final minute of play to beat the Thundering Herd at Heinz Field Sa...

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...

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 ...

Whitehead garners fourth award watch list selection

Whitehead garners fourth award watch list selection

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

July 15, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt sophomore defensive back Jordan Whitehead earned a spot on his fourth 2016 award watch list Friday, the most of any Panther so far. Whitehead was named a preseason candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, created in 2010 and presented to college football’s most versatile player. While he play...

Whitehead named to Jim Thorpe Award watch list

Whitehead named to Jim Thorpe Award watch list

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

July 11, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The preseason accolades keep rolling in for Pitt defensive back Jordan Whitehead. The Panthers’ star sophomore was named a preseason candidate Monday for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to college football’s best defensive back. Last Friday, Whitehead was named to the Bronko Nagurski award wa...

Four more Panthers named to preseason awards watch lists

Four more Panthers named to preseason awards watch lists

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

July 8, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt had four more players selected to prestigious preseason awards watch lists on Thursday and Friday. Junior punter Ryan Winslow was selected on Thursday to the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation’s best punter. Winslow is coming off back-to-back seasons of ...

Conner, Price, Whitehead named to Maxwell preseason awards watch lists

Conner, Price, Whitehead named to Maxwell preseason awards watch lists

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

July 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Three Pitt Panthers are on preseason watch lists for the prestigious Maxwell Football Club awards. On Tuesday, junior running back James Conner was picked as a preseason candidate for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the College Player of the Year. The same day, senior defensive end Ejuan Price and s...

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Columns

Although the gray Pittsburgh winter has passed, the fog surrounding the University of Pittsburgh’s sports teams remains. After several major changes in the University’s big-name sports, including record-setting receiver Tyler Boyd’s departure to the NFL and Kevin Stallings taking over as the new...

Out with the old, in with the new: Pitt script makes its return

Out with the old, in with the new: Pitt script makes its return

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 19, 2016


Filed under Sports

After 20 years, the Pitt script’s scrawling lettering and vintage design is back –– with a twist. With the Petersen Events Center lobby jam-packed with people, the Athletic Department unveiled brand new uniforms for Pitt’s 19 varsity athletic teams all emblazoned with the cursive Pitt script ...

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...

Whitehead named to FWAA All-Freshman Team

Whitehead named to FWAA All-Freshman Team

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 11, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Jordan Whitehead’s big freshman season just earned him another honor. The Football Writers Association of America named the Pitt football safety to its 15th annual Freshman All-American team as one of five defensive backs selected. A 10-person panel consisting of writers representing each Football ...

Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

Superlatives highlight highs and lows of 2015 Pitt football season

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football navigated its shares of peaks and valleys this season, with a 2-4 finish dampening the excitement of a 6-1 start. With so many twists and turns along the way, an effective way to summarize the Pitt football season is through superlatives. These monikers will recognize the apexes and na...

Panthers fall to ferocious Navy offense 44-28 in Military Bowl

Panthers fall to ferocious Navy offense 44-28 in Military Bowl

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — After a dynamic start, the Pitt football team looked lost at sea against the Navy Midshipmen’s attack. Pitt struggled to contain Navy’s offense all game, and fell to the No. 21 Midshipmen by a final score of 44-28. After a long delay— their last game action was on...

ACC Coaches recognize nine Panthers with All-ACC honors

ACC Coaches recognize nine Panthers with All-ACC honors

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

After the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association honored a litany of Pitt football players in late November, the conference’s coaches heaped recognition on an array of Panthers. On Wednesday morning, the ACC released the 2015 Football Coaches’ Awards and All-ACC teams. It honored freshman runnin...

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team swept the conference’s rookie of the year awards Tuesday, becoming the first team in ACC history to take both rookie honors. One day after the Panthers placed eight players on All-ACC teams, freshman safety Jordan Whitehead earned the ACC overall and defensive rookie of the year...

Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Following an ACC loss on Friday to Miami, the Pitt football team received a conference “win” of sorts on Monday afternoon. The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association selected eight Panthers in total to either the first, second, third or honorable mention teams, recognizing them as some of the best player...

Sound off: Pat Narduzzi quotes from his weekly teleconference

Sound off: Pat Narduzzi quotes from his weekly teleconference

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With a dangerous Louisville Cardinals team heading to Heinz Field this weekend, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi spoke on the weekly ACC Coaches’ Teleconference Wednesday. Here are some of the most important nuggets the Pitt head coach said on the call. On the team’s success without injured running back...

Pitt football notebook: Week 11

Pitt football notebook: Week 11

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 17, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Pressed with another road game and injuries at the defensive tackle position, head coach Pat Narduzzi was thrilled with the way his team performed against Duke last Saturday after two straight losses. Narduzzi spoke about his team’s output against the Blue Devils, as well as his quarterback’s success i...

Pitt ready to dance with the Blue Devils

Pitt ready to dance with the Blue Devils

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Artie Rowell has to admit it; losing two straight games elicits some dejection “You try not to get down, but when you invest a lot into something — your time, your energy — it’s hard not to take it rough,” Rowell said. Rowell and his teammates can’t mope too long, though, as an important conference gam...

Pitt football notebook: Week ten

Pitt football notebook: Week ten

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 10, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Coming off two consecutive losses, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and his team will try to shape up for the final three games of the season, and continue to hunt for a Coastal title. In that time, Narduzzi will have plenty to ponder, notably his usage on offense of Jordan Whitehead, as well as improving...

Change-up: five positional switches for Pitt to consider

Change-up: five positional switches for Pitt to consider

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 10, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

On Saturday, the Pitt football team couldn’t pull off a monumental upset, falling to the loaded No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-30 at Heinz Field. But even with the loss, the Panthers stumbled upon an interesting offensive development. Head coach Pat Narduzzi occasionally used freshman safety ...

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Jordan Whitehead might be inexperienced. He might not completely know the playbook. Sometimes, he might not even be in the right place. But whatever mistakes the young defensive back makes early in his career, they’ll be easy to swallow after considering his raw skill and athleticism. The freshm...

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