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Pitt named redshirt senior QB Max Browne the starter for the coming season.

Browne beat out redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci for starting honors. This marks the second consecutive preseason camp in which he has been named starter -- he beat out Sam Darnold at USC last August, too, before a lackluster start to the season forced HC Clay Helton's hand and led to Darnold's ascension and Browne's eventual transfer. In eight games (including three starts) with the Trojans a year ago, the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder threw for 507 yards with a 2/2 TD/INT ratio.
Aug 22 - 4:42 PM

Pitt OC Shawn Watson said that redshirt senior QB Max Browne has been "very assured in his decision-making."

"He doesn’t make a lot of pass decision errors, run decision errors or, really, management errors," Watson said, later adding that Browne is "really sound that way and he should be. He had a lot of experience and been trained by a lot of really good coaches." The 6-foot-5, 215-pound redshirt senior has been taking the bulk of first-team reps in preseason camp over redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci. Browne, a former blue-chip recruit, struggled in his three starts with USC last season before transferring over to Pitt during the offseason.
Aug 18 - 2:30 PM

Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi called freshman CB Damarri Mathis "pretty special."

"He’s a guy that, for a young guy, he doesn’t blink. I’ve been very, very happy with him," Narduzzi said. Mathis (5'11/185) was a three-star recruit out of high school in the most recent recruiting class. While he has made a nice impression in camp to date, he probably will not see the field much during the coming season barring injury in the secondary. Avonte Maddox and Dane Jackson are already locked in as starting cornerbacks.
Aug 10 - 4:41 PM

Pittsburgh junior S Jordan Whitehead "looked like a star in the making as a freshman in 2015 but showed limited improvement in his game last season," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Whitehead is suspended for the first three games of the year due to a violation of team policy, a development on which Pauline commented "the downward trend continues." The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Whitehead was given a Rd. 5 grade by Pauline. "At the top of his game Whitehead is a playmaking safety constantly around the ball but the junior must get back on track for any future at the next level," the analyst wrote.
Aug 5 - 1:20 PM

Pitt redshirt senior WR Jester Weah "enters the season with well deserved middle round grades and could possibly move into the second day of the draft," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Weah (6'2/210) blends solid size with 4.45 speed and great hands. "He’s a reliable target who wins out for contested throws and always catches the ball with proper fundamentals," Pauline wrote. "Weah also does the little things well as he’s a terrific downfield blocker, an intangible which will get him playing time at the next level." Weah led Pitt in receptions (36), receiving yards (870) and touchdown catches (10) last season. He averaged an insane 24.2 yards per catch, which ranked second nationally. "Though not a spectacular prospect, Weah has possibilities as the third or fourth receiver on the depth chart and could end up playing Sunday football for a long time to come," Pauline wrote.
Aug 5 - 11:23 AM

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi dismissed DE Rori Blair for "conduct detrimental to the program."

Blair started eight games last season. No other details for his ouster were given, though Blair has had off-field trouble before. He wasn't permitted to travel with the team to the Pinstripe Bowl last season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 11:24 AM

Pittsburgh suspended senior LB Quintin Wirginis for the first three games.

No explanation was given. Wirginis was a backup linebacker last season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 10:54 AM

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi announced that redshirt junior G Alex Bookser will be suspended for the season opener against Youngstown State.

"Alex Bookser will sit out the season-opening game and has also been subject to internal disciplinary measures and accountability," Narduzzi said. "I'm confident he will make better decisions moving forward." In May, Bookser was charged with DUI, reckless driving, careless driving, an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, an accident involving damage to an unattended vehicle, failure to drive at a safe speed, failure to obey stop signs or yield signs and operating a vehicle without an official certificate. Bookser started every game at right guard last season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 6:15 PM

Pittsburgh suspended junior S Jordan Whitehead for the first three games of the year due to a violation of team policy.

No other information was given. It's a devastating blow the Panthers' defense. Whitehead, the No. 56 overall player in college football according to NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter, is one of the country's best defensive backs. Pit opens against Youngstown State on Sept. 2 but must deal with rival Penn State (Sept. 9) and Oklahoma State (Sept. 16) in Weeks 2 and 3.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 5:11 PM

Texas senior T Brandon Hodges transferred to Pitt as a graduate.

Hodges (6'5/310) had begun to slide on the Longhorns depth chart after sitting out the bulk of spring practice to focus on academics. He was a nine-game starter for the past season. Despite his academic trials, Hodges has already graduated and will be eligible to play immediately with the Panthers during the coming campaign.
Jul 25 - 5:57 PM

Pitt redshirt senior WR Jester Weah "has a big, overpowering frame that he uses as a tool to box out defenders and keep them away from the football," writes NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein.

Zierlein ranks Weah as the No. 8 receiving prospect to watch in 2017. "Weah was a sprinter in high school and has impressive build-up speed for a receiver his size (6-foot-3, 210 pounds)," he wrote. "Weah has experience in a pro-style passing attack and is a willing blocker in the running game. Weah's biggest concern could be finding a quick release against press corners." Weah led Pitt in receptions (36), receiving yards (870) and touchdown catches (10) last season, averaging an insane 24.2 yards per catch, which ranked second nationally. Thirteen of those 36 catches went for over 25 yards, while the big-play maven averaged a touchdown for every 3.6 catches.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 14 - 1:21 PM

247Sports' Andrew Callahan writes that Pitt junior WR Quadree Henderson is "equally dangerous with the ball in his hands as a pass catcher or ball carrier."

When Henderson (5'8/170) earned consensus All-American honors last season, he was the first Pitt wideout to do so since Larry Fitzgerald in 2003. He did a little bit of everything for the Panthers on offense in 2016, catching 60 passes for 631 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 286 yards and a score. But wait, there's more. Not only was Henderson an offensive ace, he also rolled his way to 914 kick-return yards (30.5 yards per return). Three of those runbacks went for touchdowns. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 86 fantasy wideout in college football.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 11 - 5:55 PM

Pitt redshirt sophomore WR Tre Tipton is expected to miss the 2017 season after suffering a non-football knee injury.

"He is an absolutely outstanding young man and teammate," said HC Pat Narduzzi in a statement. "Even though he is unable to play this fall, we know Tre is going to be an invaluable figure in our wide receivers room while he rehabs." This is the second season-ending knee injury Tipton has suffered in his career. He suffered the first one four games into his freshman season in 2015. This past season, the redshirt sophomore caught 12 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Jul 11 - 2:39 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Pitt redshirt junior T Brian O'Neill as the No. 4 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

After joining Pitt as a tight end, O'Neill (6'6/300) transitioned over to the offensive line in July of 2015. And he took to it like a duck to water, having started 25 consecutive games for the Panthers entering the 2017 campaign. He gained a small slice of fame after scoring a pair of touchdowns last season.
Jun 23 - 8:12 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Pitt redshirt junior FB George Aston as the No. 2 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Aston (6'0/245) made four starts in 2015, a number which bumped up to eight last season. He didn't see much work as a ball-carrier a year ago, rushing for a mere 21 yards on seven carries. If he is to hear his name called during the draft next spring (should he declare), it won't come until the later rounds.
Jun 22 - 9:17 PM


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