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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...

Pitt football dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni

Jeremiah Taleni breaks into the backfield during Pitt's 2015 game against Notre Dame. TPN File Photo

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 28, 2017

Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi announced the dismissal of defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni from the team for disciplinary reasons on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound senior was expected to start on the Panthers’ defensive line in the fall and help fill the void left by departing seniors Ejuan Pri...

Panthers make last impression on NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day

Wide receiver Dontez Ford turned heads with a 36-inch vertical leap at Pitt's Pro Day Wednesday. Meghan Sunners | Assistant Visual Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017

With a little over a month left before the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pitt football team’s draft-eligible standouts made one last impression on NFL teams Wednesday morning. Dozens of NFL scouts, coaches and reporters packed the practice facility at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side, as 19 Pa...

Nine Panthers named to ACSMA All-ACC football teams

Quadree Henderson (10) earned first-team All-ACC honors as a kick returner and honorable mention as a wide receiver for the 2016-17 season. John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016

Nine players on the Pitt football team received All-ACC recognition Monday from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Four Panthers earned first-team All-ACC honors: redshirt junior running back James Conner, senior offensive guard Dorian Johnson, sixth-year senior defensive end Ejuan Price and ...

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...

Whitehead’s pick-six sparks Pitt to win in Virginia

Jordan Whitehead (9) had a key interception return for a touchdown in Pitt's 45-31 win at Virginia. (Courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 17, 2016

Facing third-and-10 from his own 44-yard line with 18 seconds left in the first half, Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert thought he saw a receiver come open over the middle of the field. But he didn’t see Jordan Whitehead. The Pitt football team had just tied the game at 28 with 40 seconds left in the fir...

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 ...

Tyrique Jarrett saves Pitt in fourth quarter against Georgia Tech

Tyrique Jarrett's (6) remarkable play in the fourth quarter against Georgia Tech secured Pitt it's final field goal opportunity of Saturday's game. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein and Ashwini Sivaganesh | Sports Editors

October 10, 2016

Pitt tradition wasn’t limited to the reappearance of the royal blue and mustard yellow retro uniforms at Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. For the fifth week in a row, the Panthers honored what’s become another game day ritual: fighting their way through a game-deciding fourth quarter....

Jarrett impressing coaches with improved conditioning, play

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 5, 2015

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi usually refrains from heaping praise on particular players. But when it comes to junior nose tackle Tyrique Jarrett, Narduzzi doesn’t hold back the plaudits.“He can be a special player for us,” Narduzzi said.Throughout spring practice, Jarrett took most of...

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