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Trio of Panthers pegged as Bednarik Award contenders

Jaylen Twyman has received All-American honors and is a candidate for the Outland and Nagurski trophies.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 14, 2020

A trio of Pitt football defenders — redshirt junior safety Paris Ford, redshirt junior defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman and senior defensive end Patrick Jones II — were named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watchlist Monday.

Jones, Twyman have sights set on 2020 season

Defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman (97) posted a career-high six tackles and added 1.5 sacks, bringing his team leading total for the season to 4.5.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

May 20, 2020

For most people, control is in short supply right now. Stay-at-home orders, business closures and quarantines are expected to extend well into the summer and timelines for a return to normalcy are fluid. It can be easy to lose focus on the world beyond COVID-19, but Pitt senior defensive end Patrick Jones II said he believes in that future, and its dependence upon his present.

Making the case for Pitt’s defensive line

Pitt led the nation with 3.92 sacks per game during the 2019 season.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 24, 2020

The Panthers return nearly all of their defensive line production from last season and should only improve thanks to a combination of incoming recruits and previously injured starters returning to health.

Panther Spotlight: Twyman, West, Akeo lead group of autumn overachievers

Jaylen Twyman rushes to tackle. Twyman contributed seven sacks to Pitt’s total of 36, which is the highest in the nation this season.

By Elliott Borawski, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

With the fall sports season approaching its final stretch, these three Pitt athletes have been crucial in helping their teams outperform expectations.

Football Takeaways: Twyman and the defense prove true to hype, while the offense continues to disappoint

Defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman (97) posted a career-high six tackles and added 1.5 sacks, bringing his team leading total for the season to 4.5.

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

September 15, 2019

So close and yet so far — Pitt football was within a yard of closing its rivalry with Penn State out with a colossal upset Saturday at Beaver Stadium, but came up short in a 17-10 loss.

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