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Pitt junior S Jordan Whitehead announced his intention to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Whitehead moved around at the safety spot over the last three seasons, and some might even view him as a corner. Still just 20 years old, Whitehead broke out as a true freshman in 2015 and followed it up in 2016 with another strong season. 2017 included a few hiccups, but Whitehead likely draws a positive evaluation over the next few months. He was suspended for three games this season, and more details on that incident likely will surface.
Dec 11 - 10:10 AM

Pitt redshirt senior WR Jester Weah accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Pitt's passing offense was somewhat lacking this year, but the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Weah finished with a 41-698-4 receiving line nonetheless. His 17 yards per reception were good for fifth-best in the ACC. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell notes that the redshirt senior "struggled to get open and produce this season in games against Georgia Tech, Penn State, Oklahoma State and Youngstown State" and hits him up with a Day 3 draft projection. A strong evaluating process could potentially push him into the late Day 2 conversation.
Dec 8 - 9:18 PM

Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi has signed a new seven-year contract to stay with the school through the 2024 season.

This is a result of other coaches leaving programs for more prestigious jobs or higher paying contracts. This new contract likely strengthens the money pool for Narduzzi to pay his assistants more as well.
Dec 6 - 11:11 AM

Pittsburgh dismissed sophomore RB Chawntez Moss.

The Panthers suspended Moss after Week 5 and he had only one more carry after that. Moss, a three-star recruit, entered the season as a candidate to start, but he was merely a rotational back until Pitt put him on ice. Moss will now look for a new home. The Panthers will have a new-look offense in 2018, with Quadree Henderson having declared for the NFL, Moss leaving via transfer, and more set to graduate.
Dec 4 - 2:08 PM

Pitt junior WR Quadree Henderson will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-8, 190-poundser is an athletic burner who never completely proved himself as a difference-maker in Pitt's offense. He struggled to carve out a niche the Panthers' attack this year (186 rushing yards, 251 receiving yards) after posting a 60-631-5 receiving line in 2015 (former OC Matt Canada did a better job of getting his athletes into space). Henderson brings a lot of value as a returner. He had seven kick return touchdowns in his collegiate career. Henderson profiles as a full-time returner and slot WR hopeful. Henderson was not ranked in Mel Kiper's recent list of top-10 draft-eligible receivers, but he checked in as the No. 10 wide receiver (albeit in the 2019 NFL Draft class) on NFLDraftScout.com's list. Our early guess is he lands in the top half of Day 3.
Dec 4 - 1:21 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Pitt redshirt junior T Brian O'Neill will seek out his draft grade before deciding whether or not he'll declare for the NFL Draft.

"If he receives convincing information that teams are sold he can stay at left tackle, O’Neill may just want to make the jump," Pauline wrote. The analyst calls O’Neill a "large, athletic blocker who shows flashes of ability on the left side but still has inconsistency in his game." O'Neill (6'6/300) was previously a RT before shifting to LT this fall.
Nov 29 - 4:53 PM

Pitt freshman QB Kenny Pickett completed 18-of-29 passes for 193 yards, one passing touchdown and two rushing scores in Friday's 24-14 upset of No. 2 Miami.

Pickett was making his first collegiate start, and it's likely to be the first of many after this amazing performance. He added 60 yards on 13 attempts, including a 6-yard TD with :35 left in the first half to go up 10-7, and a 22-yard scamper for a score to kick off the scoring in the fourth quarter. The Panthers wrap up their season at 5-7, but Pickett should be able to turn that around in 2018 and beyond.
Nov 24 - 4:04 PM

Pitt sophomore QB Ben DiNucci is not starting Friday's game against Miami.

An ineffective DiNucci was replaced by true freshman Kenny Pickett in last weekend's loss to Virginia Tech and it is Pickett who draws the start on Friday. Should he struggle, we would not be surprised to see DiNucci play in the contest.
Nov 24 - 12:17 PM

Pitt freshman QB Kenny Pickett will start Friday's game against Miami.

Pickett threw for 242 yards (15-of-23 completions) after coming on for now-former starter Ben DiNucci in last weekend's loss to Virginia Tech. 247Sports' composite ranked the 6-foot-2, 215-pound true freshman as the No. 10 pro-style quarterback prospect in the 2017 class.
Nov 24 - 12:03 PM

Pitt senior TE Matt Flanagan (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Miami.

For all intents and purposes, this ends Flanagan's collegiate career -- Pitt is currently bogged down with a 4-7 record. He will end up missing the final three games of the season due to the undisclosed injury concern. For his career, the 6-foot-6, 258-pounder posted a 35-305-3 receiving line.
Nov 22 - 6:17 PM

Pitt redshirt senior WR Jester Weah caught four passes for 104 yards in Saturday's 20-14 loss to Virginia Tech.

Weah (6'3/190) served as Pitt's best offensive performer in the contest by a fair margin. This was his first 100-yard game since he caught seven passes for 106 yards and a score against NC State back on Oct. 14.
Nov 18 - 4:56 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore QB Ben Dinucci completed 11-of-17 passes for 142 yards in a 34-31 loss to North Carolina on Thursday.

Dinucci was much more effective with his legs in this one, running for 83 yards on 14 carries. That's not to say he was bad with the pass, as he was able to make some big plays through the air. He just wasn't able to find the end zone, and the Pitt defense was unable to stop the Tar Heels all night. Dinucci should make another start next week against Virginia Tech.
Nov 9 - 11:25 PM

Pitt junior RB Darrin Hall ran for 123 yards and four scores on 23 carries in a 34-31 loss to North Carolina on Thursday.

You certainly can't blame Hall for this loss. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound tailback was outstanding for the Panthers, and if Pitt had a semblance of a passing game, they pull this one out. His seven-yard score brought Pittsburgh to within 4 at 14-10, and a one-yard plunge a series later made it 17-14 Panthers. A nine-yard spring in the middle of the third tied the game at 24-24, and another one-yard drive gave Pitt their last lead at 31-27. In a very disappointing year, the development of Hall over the last month is one of the few bright spots for Pittsburgh this year. A tough date with Virginia Tech comes next week.
Nov 9 - 10:58 PM

Pitt senior TE Matt Flanagan (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against North Carolina.

Flanagan (6'6/258) had started all nine of Pitt's games this season before this undisclosed injury concern. The Rutgers transfer has caught 17 passes for 160 yards on the year. Look for Chris Clark to see additional work on Thursday with Flanagan sitting out versus the Tar Heels.
Nov 9 - 6:29 PM

Pitt junior RB Darrin Hall rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in Saturday's 31-14 win over Virginia.

Hall (5'11/215) opened the game's scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter. This performance was his second straight notable showing, as he was coming off a 254-yard, three-touchdown demolition of Duke. Prior to these two contests, the junior had managed just 108 yards in seven games. He'll be off on bye next weekend, with North Carolina showing on the schedule after that.
Oct 28 - 4:20 PM


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