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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 redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) runs with the ball during the first half of Saturday evening’s ACC Championship game against Wake Forest University at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Steelers draft former Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett No. 20 overall in 2022 NFL Draft

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor April 28, 2022
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected former Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett with the No. 20 overall pick.
Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett throws a pass during the NCAA Senior Bowl football game on Feb. 5 in Mobile, Alabama.

Pitt in the Pros: Trio of Panthers have much to gain at NFL combine

By Brian Sherry, Staff Writer March 2, 2022
Three former Panthers — Kenny Pickett, Damari Mathis and Cal Adomitis — all have a lot to gain and lose from their performances at the 2022 NFL combine this week.
Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett throws a pass during the first half of the NCAA Senior Bowl football game on Feb. 5 in Mobile, Alabama.

Former Pitt football stars put on strong showing at 2022 Senior Bowl

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer February 10, 2022
February marks the end of the NFL’s season and the beginning of draft season. NFL prospects — including three former Panthers — competed in last week’s Senior Bowl practices and game, hoping to increase their stocks in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Head football coach Pat Narduzzi and the team run out of the tunnel ahead of Pitt’s football game vs. UNC on Nov. 11.

Column | Pitt football’s 2021 season will serve as a launching pad for years to come

By Frankie Richetti, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
The Panthers’ best season in 40 years has opened a window of success to build on. Given the era of the transfer portal, Pitt knew it had the chance to continue to build on this season through adding to the roster externally.
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) looks to throw the ball at the Pitt vs. Miami game.

Pickett opts out of Peach Bowl to prepare for NFL Draft, ending Pitt career

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 17, 2021
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett announced Thursday night that he would forgo Pitt’s Peach Bowl matchup and instead begin preparing for the NFL Draft, confirming his record-breaking career at Pitt was over.
Heisman trophy finalists, from left, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, and Alabama quarterback Bryce Young stand for a photo with the Heisman Trophy before attending the award ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in New York.

Alabama’s Bryce Young wins Heisman Trophy, Pickett places third

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 11, 2021
Despite embarking on a record-setting season, Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett finished behind Alabama sophomore quarterback Bryce Young, who won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday evening.
Heisman Trophy finalist Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett speaks during a news conference before attending the Heisman Trophy award ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in New York.

‘Not there yet’: Ahead of Heisman ceremony, Pickett looks to keep climbing after college

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 11, 2021
Scrolling down to the bottom of Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett’s Instagram, you’d find a post with a simple message — “One day, I want to honestly say, ‘I made it.’”
Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) looks to throw the ball at the Pitt vs. Miami game.

ACC names Pickett as offensive, overall Player of the Year

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 1, 2021
The ACC announced Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett as the conference’s Player of the Year on Wednesday morning. Pickett won the award by a wide margin — earning 52 of a possible 64 votes.
Kenny Pickett practices throwing the ball on the sidelines of the Pitt vs. UNH game in September.

‘As authentic as it comes’: Former coaches reflect on Pickett’s career

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor December 1, 2021
Ocean Township, a small town on the coast of Jersey with the “Big Red Country” moniker, now proudly represents the Steel City. From blue and gold lawn flags to Pickett jerseys at school, the Spartans make sure Pickett feels supported in his hometown.
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) scrambles out of the pocket during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

Panthers overpower Orange, win 10th game for first time in 40 years

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor November 28, 2021
After overcoming a slow start, No. 20 Pitt football beat Syracuse 31-14 and cleared the 10-win mark in a season for the first time since 1981. Kenny Pickett threw for four touchdowns — two to Jordan Addison — in the win, a last hurdle before Saturday’s ACC title game.
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