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Seven Panthers signed in post-draft free agency

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi will have to replace many key players next season, as 11 Panthers were signed by NFL teams this weekend. Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 30, 2017

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...

Injuries on Pitt’s D-Line force new faces into key roles

Pitt DT Jeremiah Taleni (94) is a candidate to start for the Panthers against Clemson on Saturday. Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016

The Pitt football team’s much-maligned defense has given up its fair share of devastating plays this year. The Panthers’ defense has struggled all season to come up with stops in key situations. But midway through the second quarter of a 51-28 loss to Miami Saturday, the unit may have experienc...

Sizing up Soto: Senior flourishing in switch from DE to DT

Defensive tackle Shakir Soto (52) led Pitt with eight  total tackles in the Panthers' Homecoming win against Georgia Tech. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 10, 2016

Sometime around the end of Pitt’s season-ending 44-28 loss to Navy in the 2015 Military Bowl, Pat Narduzzi decided he needed to make a change to his defense moving forward. Narduzzi has reiterated his main defensive focus — stopping the run — time and time again, and the Panthers had just been ...

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