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Former Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi has been named the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Narduzzi was the Big Ten's highest-paid coordinator this year and has been a long-time HC candidate. He has spent the past 11 seasons on Mark Dantonio-led coaching staffs, three of those coming with Cincinnati. His defenses have impressed without producing star names into the NFL.
Dec 26 - 3:20 PM

Pittsburgh will name former Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi head coach on Friday.

ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad reported on Wednesday that Pitt and Narduzzi had finalized a contract, and the school announced it will conduct a 3:30 p.m. ET press conference Friday to "address its head football coaching vacancy." Narduzzi was the Big Ten's highest-paid coordinator this year and is a long-time HC candidate. He has spent the past 11 seasons on Mark Dantonio-led coaching staffs, three of those coming with Cincinnati.
Dec 24 - 3:13 PM

Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi is in talks to be Pitt's next HC, according to Pat Forde.

Narduzzi was the Big Ten's top paid coordinator last year and has frequently been mentioned as a potential candidate for multiple jobs. In fact, Narduzzi reportedly turned down UConn's opening last year. His defenses have impressed without producing star names into the NFL.
Dec 23 - 10:41 AM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd "is a smooth and flexible athlete who runs fluid routes and has a strong feel for the position," observed Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

The Panthers prospect has 69 receptions for 1,149 yards and eight touchdowns this season after recording 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 as Tom Savage's favorite target. "Boyd has broken many of Larry Fitzgerald's records in his first two seasons at Pitt," the duo noted. "Boyd has excellent overall ball skills, showing the body control to adjust to throws outside of his frame, and will often make the tough catch look routine. At 6-2 and 197 pounds, he needs to continue to get stronger, but does show the focus to secure catches in traffic." Boyd is eligible for the draft after next season.
Dec 20 - 6:08 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl isn't sure "there is an offensive tackle with a higher ceiling" than Pittsburgh senior T.J. Clemmings.

"Continues to get better with more experience," Weidl wrote. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings is popular in scouting circles. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler expects him to be a "riser" during the offseason. The former defensive lineman is raw, but is very strong and displays good mobility.
Dec 13 - 9:48 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner was named ACC Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Conner upset reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston by three votes in POY voting, and also beat him 23 to 16 in the top offensive player balloting. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner has rushed for 1,675 yards and 24 touchdowns on the season, averaging 6.0 yards a carry on 277 attempts. He's the nation's sixth-leading rusher with an average of 139.6 yards per game. "I'm greatly honored and humbled to receive this honor," Conner said in a release. "I want to thank my coaches, teammates and especially my offensive linemen who did such a great job blocking this year. I also want to thank the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association for selecting me for this award. Finally, I want to thank all of our great Pitt fans for their support. They share in this honor, too."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 3 - 5:12 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd had five receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's victory against Miami.

A huge end to the season is going to help Boyd exceeds last year's gigantic freshman showing. The Panthers prospect has 69 receptions for 1,149 yards and eight touchdowns this season after recording 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 as Tom Savage's favorite target. Boyd is eligible for the draft after next season.
Dec 2 - 5:22 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner makes all-ACC first team.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner, the nation's sixth-leading rusher with an average of 139.6 yards, had the most points with 164. The Pittsburgh prospect received the most all-ACC votes of any player at any position. Conner has rushed for 1675 yards on the season, averaging 6.0 yards a carry on 277 attempts, with 24 touchdowns on the ground. The running back has been the foundation of Pitt's offense all season long, and was even asked to play some defensive end at times.
Source: FOX Sports
Dec 1 - 3:45 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd had seven receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-7 win over Syracuse.

Boyd only went over 100 yards once in the school's first seven games as he waited for new QB Chad Voytik to sort through his throwing issues. Boyd has been utterly dominant over the past month, however, going over 125 receiving yards in four straight games. He's eligible for the draft after next season.
Nov 23 - 6:44 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner will miss the remainder of the game against Syracuse with a hip injury.

Conner rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries before leaving. The running back has been the foundation of Pitt's offense all season long, and was even asked to play some defensive end at times.
Nov 22 - 5:35 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner has no plans of easing his workload anytime soon, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner.

"I kind of knew that I was going to have a little bit of a workload this year so I was already prepared for it," Conner told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Panthers prospect currently ranks third in Division I-A with 250 carries, which is 10 carries behind leader Jay Ajayi of Boise State. This past weekend against UNC, Conner had his fourth 30-carry game of the season, as he rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries in the school's 40-35 loss to UNC. Conner has rushed for 1,562 yards this season.
Nov 19 - 2:07 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Pittsburgh senior RT T.J. Clemmings has accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

"Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings has accepted his invitation to the seniorbowl. Expect him to be a "riser" and compete to be the top SR OT prospect," Brugler tweeted. The former defensive linemen lacks experience on the offensive side of the ball, but he has a ton of strength and good mobility for a 6'6/315 pounder. The Pitt prospect is likely to be pigeonholed as a right tackle prospect.
Nov 17 - 2:04 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore RB James Conner rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries in the school's 40-35 loss to UNC.

Conner opened the game with a 56 yard touchdown run, something not many expect from a 6'2/240 pound back. He is not draft-eligible, but Conner offers skills that are fairly unique and also has experience on the defensive side of the ball last year.
Nov 15 - 4:56 PM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner reports that Pitt HC Paul Chryst notes that sophomore WR Tyler Boyd has sparked some "good dialogue" within the Pittsburgh Panthers.

"In a story Monday in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Boyd cited by name some players who are willing to "go all out," but neglected to include others, notably quarterback Chad Voytik. Chryst clarified that, after speaking with Boyd, it wasn’t an intentional omission. He said Boyd told him he wished he had not used individual names," Werner wrote. The Panthers prospect has 52 receptions for 791 yards and five touchdowns this season after recording 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 as Tom Savage's favorite target.
Nov 14 - 3:11 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes a case can be made for Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings being graded as the top senior T.

Clemmings has "moldable traits," according to Brugler. The former defensive linemen lacks experience on the offensive side of the ball, but he has plenty of strength and good mobility for a 6'6/315 pounder. Likely to be pigeonholed as a right tackle prospect, Clemmings could be viewed as a "riser" throughout the process.
Nov 14 - 10:20 AM


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