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Pitt WR Tyler Boyd dropped only 10 balls on 252 targets over the past two seasons.

This is a highly impressive showing from a player who received more than 120 targets in both 2014 and 2015. Pittsburgh's offense tended to bog down when the ball wasn't in Boyd's hands, encouraging a high-usage but non-explosive strategy that fortunately catered pretty well to Boyd's strengths. We love Boyd's hands and route running ability out of the slot. He should provide a nice Day 2 find.
Feb 11 - 3:00 PM

Pittsburgh will return to Heinz Field to play their final spring game for the first time since 2011.

The game's scheduled for April 16 and admission will not be charged. Said AD Scott Barnes, "We're really looking forward to making a big splash back at Heinz Field. What that [attendance] number is is yet to be determined, but [we want] a large number of our folks for our game." They've been playing these games at local high school fields since 2011. HC Pat Narduzzi actually wanted this Heinz excursion to occur last season, but construction foiled his goal.
Feb 8 - 4:16 PM

Pittsburgh HC Pat Narduzzi indicated that he believes that junior RB James Conner (Hodgkin lymphoma) will be able to play in 2016.

Said Narduzzi, "I saw [Conner] yesterday in the hallway and he's been working out with our kids to keep his sanity and he's having fun doing it." He added that the 6-foot-2, 250-pound junior is "doing well and looks well." Conner's 2015 was about as rough as they come, as he suffered a torn MCL in September and it subsequently became public knowledge in December that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Expect more updates on his health and potential to play during the coming season as we hit spring practice.
Feb 5 - 12:36 PM

Pittsburgh signed four-star CB Damar Hamlin.

Hamlin logged official visits to Ohio State, Penn State and Pitt in January. Pitt earned his last visit and it was Pitt that ultimately secured his letter of intent. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound hails from Pittsburgh, which likely played into his decision here. Scout.com ranks him as the 221st overall player in the 2016 cycle, with analyst Brian Dohn writing, "Hamlin stays low in his backpedal and is smooth in transition to turn and run. He drives well on the ball in front of him and his acceleration enables him to close ground quickly. He tracks the ball well and has a good feel for the position."
Source: scout.com
Feb 4 - 10:27 PM

Four-star DT Keyshon Camp signed with Pittsburgh.

This has been a slow motion train wreck for the Trojans, as they earned Camp's commitment over the summer, only to watch him de-commit in late January before signing with Pitt on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 274-pound defensive tackle hails from Lakeland, Florida, and offers an "elite first step," according to Scout.com, though the outlet adds that he lacks the bulk to be a likely immediate contributor for the Panthers.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 3 - 7:21 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt senior DE Ejuan Price was awarded a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA.

Price missed two and a half years of playing time due to injuries, including a torn pectoral muscle which required surgery. Price was named to the All-ACC first team following the 2015 season. He requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but Pitt picked up an "extra" recruit for the 2016 season with the edge player staying.
Feb 3 - 10:34 AM

Pitt redshirt senior LB Bam Bradley could miss spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery following the 2015 season.

Bradley is expected to be ready for practice in August. Bradley redshirt his first season in 2012 and has played in most games since as a reserve and spot starter.
Feb 2 - 11:31 AM

Pitt junior WR Tyler Boyd's 2014 season is one of the more impressive we have seen from WR prospects in recent years, according to Jon Moore of Rotoviz.

Boyd was "the single most-heavily targeted receiver in college football" during the 2014 season and still managed over 10 yards per target that season. At the age of 20. Both figures surpass Amari Cooper's ridiculous campaign during the same season. Boyd then accounted for 30 percent of Pitt's total offensive yards in 2015, despite just receiving 16 percent of the touches. As Moore puts it, the defense knew Boyd was going to be the target but could not stop him. Boyd's game looked even better in 2015 when he moved into the slot.
Source: Rotoviz
Feb 1 - 10:47 AM

Four-star DT Keyshon Camp de-committed from USC on Saturday.

In a tweet, Camp indicated that after he discussed the commitment decision with his family, he felt it would be best to de-commit from the Trojans and wait until National Signing Day on February 3 to make a final decision. The 6-foot-3, 274-pound recruit had initially chosen USC last June, with Alabama, Michigan and Oregon also chasing him. Chase: Re-opened. Scout.com's analysis team still thinks he has work to do to compete at the collegiate level, writing that Camp needs "time to add weight to his frame, time to add muscle and strength, and time to learn the little things."
Jan 23 - 8:24 PM

Pittsburgh freshman S Jordan Whitehead is "on track to be Pitt’s best DB since [Darrelle Revis]," writes ESPN's Travis Haney.

Quite the endorsement for a player who just completed his first year on campus. But the enthusiasm isn't unjustified. Whitehead was an unmitigated star in his first year on the collegiate gridiron, collecting 110 tackles, seven TFL, 0.5 sacks, one interception, six passes defended, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Oh, that was just his defensive work. While moonlighting on offense, he logged 122 rushing yards (10.2 yards a carry) and two scores with 10 receiving yards.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 21 - 12:47 PM

Four-star RB George Hill committed to Pittsburgh.

Hill had previously given a verbal commitment Urban Meyer and Ohio State, but he's since decommitted for Pittsburgh. The 6-foot, 195-pound four-star prospect out of Hubbard High School's a logical (though not guaranteed) candidate for a freshman redshirt, as he'll be joining a Pittsburgh team with a stable of running backs behind James Conner, who was injured for the majority of the 2015 campaign. Among them, redshirt freshman Qadree Ollison (who received the bulk of the work this past season), but also Chris James and Darrin Hall. Redshirt or no, ESPN's Tom Luginbill wrote that Hill, "would take his game to an even higher level with added power and strength to his lower half." It's a nice commitment for Pittsburgh, who had no prior recruits in the ESPN 300 until No. 199 Hill came a-callin'.
Jan 9 - 5:22 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt sophomore QB Chad Voytik will seek a graduate transfer this spring.

As Voytik will be awarded his undergraduate degree in April, he'll be free to play immediately for an FBS squad next season. In a phone interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound redshirt sophomore called his decision to transfer "bittersweet," citing the friendships he's made over the last three seasons with the Panthers. In Voytik's best season with Pitt back in 2014, he threw for 2,233 yards (61.3% completions) with a 16/7 TD/INT ratio. As to where he might land next, Werner reports that Memphis is a very real possibility.
Jan 4 - 4:10 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd has declared for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Boyd got creative with his farewell to Pittsburgh, composing a poetic letter covering his feelings about football. Among some of the lines of note, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior said, "I will carry you with me/I will continue to make you proud &/I promise to never forget where I came from." The poetic corner of Rotoworld approves of his line break after "&." He finishes his Pitt career having totaled 254 catches, 3,361 yards and 21 touchdowns. The strong-handed receiver's a route-running savant and could find success in the NFL out of the slot. Boyd could be drafted as early as the second round, though it's possible he falls to the third or fourth.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 1 - 7:46 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner reports that Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

As late as December 29, Boyd was indicating that he wasn't sure whether he would declare. It appears he's made up his mind, as multiple reports now have him entering the draft. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior caught 91 passes for 925 yards and six scores this past season. He's viewed as a possible second-to-fourth-round selection in this spring's draft. At the next level, he has the potential to evolve into a nice slot receiving option.
Jan 1 - 7:13 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd told media member he is still undecided regarding his upcoming NFL decision.

"It’s real tough for me," Boyd said. "Like I said, all these guys here playing with me are pretty much my family." Boyd is at his best in the slot, and his success took a step forward this season (after opening the year on suspension) when moved inside. Slot receivers can be important pieces in certain NFL offenses, but look for Boyd to draw a second to fourth round selection if he does declaring, barring ridiculous measurables.
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