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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 ...

7 Pitt players find NFL homes in free agent deals

7 Pitt players find NFL homes in free agent deals

By Hannah Schneider, Joanna Li, and Trent Leonard

April 29, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Only three Panthers were selected in this year’s NFL draft, starting in round 2 with Brian O’Neill. After the Vikings picked O'Neill, Tampa Bay chose Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round. The Philadelphia Eagles then chose Avonte Maddox with the 125th overall pick. The seven Pitt players in the dr...

Minnesota Vikings pick Brian O’Neill 62nd overall in NFL Draft

Minnesota Vikings pick Brian O’Neill  62nd overall in NFL Draft

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

It took nearly two rounds, but the Pitt football team finally saw some recognition in the NFL Draft Friday night when the Minnesota Vikings selected offensive lineman Brian O’Neill with the 62nd overall pick. This is the culmination of a successful three-year career with the Panthers for O’Neill, whe...

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

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. ...

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...

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

It was a busy couple of weeks for Pitt athletics, as the spring teams’ seasons come to a close and the football team had players up for the NFL draft. Here’s a rundown of everything that you might have missed since the spring semester ended. Football The Pitt football program had five players selected...

Los Angeles Rams select Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price

Los Angeles Rams select Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The Los Angeles Rams selected Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price with the 16th pick in the seventh round of the NFL draft. Price is the fifth Pitt player to be picked, making this the most successful draft for the program since 2011, when six Panthers were selected. The 6-foot, 255-pound lineman first...

Holtz, Grigsby, Pitts sign on with NFL teams

Holtz, Grigsby, Pitts sign on with NFL teams

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Wide receiver Tyler Boyd was the only player from Pitt selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, but three of his teammates found homes with NFL teams after the draft was over. Tight end J.P. Holtz, linebacker Nicholas Grigsby and cornerback Lafayette Pitts all signed deals as undrafted free agents after the...

Minnesota Vikings draft T.J. Clemmings

Minnesota Vikings draft T.J. Clemmings

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

The Minnesota Vikings selected former Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings with the 110thoverall pick in the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon. Clemmings’ fourth round pick follows up the selections of former Pitt players Aaron Donald, Tom Savage and Devin Street in last year's NFL Draft. After starting his ...

Aaron Donald enters NFL

Aaron Donald enters NFL

By Sean Corrado and Ryan Bertonaschi / The Pitt News Staff

May 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Features

Aaron Donald, with his one-year-old daughter wedged between his biceps, squared up in front of Savoy Restaurant as family members surrounded him to pose for pictures before his big moment.“Certainly, this is going to be a wonderful experience, and I am just going to make sure I enjoy it,” Donald said before maki...

Football: Former Pitt punter gets NFL shot with Atlanta

Football: Former Pitt punter gets NFL shot with Atlanta

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

When he found out that he would be a professional football player, Matt Yoklic and his family were watching TV.It was Saturday evening on May 10. The NFL draft had ended, and the former Pitt punter, his parents and two brothers were at home in their family room in Gibsonia, Pa., watching something el...

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