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Notebook: Offense works on limiting turnovers with Duke on deck

Notebook: Offense works on limiting turnovers with Duke on deck

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Last September, Pitt football fans expected a walk in the park when their 1-1 team traveled to Durham, N.C., for the Panthers’ first-ever conference game against what used to be a lowly Duke team.The Panthers did pull out a 58-55 win over the Blue Devils in a shootout, and, on paper, it ended up being their marque...

Notebook: Young Pitt team benefiting from experience

Notebook: Young Pitt team benefiting from experience

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Regardless of its win and loss total, a football team can only grow over the course of a season.Players begin to master a coach’s system and, by January, they’ve learned more about their personal tendencies, as well as those of their teammates’.A team with more underclassmen than any other in Division...

Notebook: Conner could see defensive snaps Thursday

Notebook: Conner could see defensive snaps Thursday

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After a week and a half off, the Pitt football team returns to action against Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Heinz Field in a nationally-broadcastgame on ESPN.While the team is on a three-game losing streak, sophomore running back James Conner says the season isn’t lost for the Panthers.“[We...

Notebook: Chryst talks Akron loss, explains Garner’s comment

Notebook: Chryst talks Akron loss, explains Garner’s comment

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After Pitt’s all-around dismal performance in a 21-10 loss to Akron Saturday, wide receiver Manasseh Garner confidently told reporters something that turned heads and enraged many members of Pitt’s fanbase.“We don’t play for the fans,” Garner said. “We play for each other and for our families. That...

Notebook: Conner continues run into national prominence

Notebook: Conner continues run into national prominence

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Led by running back James Conner, Pitt succeeded in its first three games of the 2014 season because of a powerful ground attack.During Saturday’s 24-20 loss to Iowa, the Panthers suffered because of the predictability of their reliance on that aspect of the offense. They went to Conner a lot in the fi...

Conner big again, while defense manages youth

Conner big again, while defense manages youth

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Conner carries the teamComing into the season, football fans knew that Pitt had two dangerous offensive threats: running back James Conner and receiver Tyler Boyd.It’s now week four, and one of those threats, Conner, has more carries (81) than any other player from a Power 5 conference, while Boyd has just 11 catches.P...

Notebook: Paul Chryst reflects on play of defensive ends

Notebook: Paul Chryst reflects on play of defensive ends

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Last season, a lackluster showing from Pitt’s defensive ends was masked by the presence of All-American defensive tackle Aaron Donald.Donald is now a starter in the NFL, and Pitt’s ends are doing just fine.Senior David Durham leads the Panthers’ ends with six tackles, and redshirt freshman Luk...

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