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Pitt junior RB Darrin Hall rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in Saturday's 24-17 win over Duke.

Hall (5'11/215) put on a show with his first two touchdown gallops, scoring from 79 yards out midway through the first quarter and then topping himself via a 92-yard run to glory in the closing seconds of the third quarter. He would cap off his afternoon's work with a go-ahead four-yard touchdown run in the final stanza to give Pitt a 21-17 lead. This singular 254-yard performance was by far the best of Hall's career -- he had rushed for 525 yards total in his three previous seasons.
Oct 21 - 5:00 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore QB Ben Dinucci is still considered the starter, but freshman QB Kenny Pickett continues to see reps.

This is all in replacement for an injured Max Browne. In a perfect world, Pickett would've redshirted, but he entered the game in a blowout loss to NC State, eliminating that possibility. That leads us to believe he will see more and more opportunities moving forward.
Oct 17 - 10:20 AM

Pitt redshirt senior WR Jester Weah caught seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in the school's 35-17 loss to NC State on Saturday.

Weah looked great and scored on a 33-yard score when he got behind NC State's secondary. He's an impressive mover at 6-foot-3 and 190-pounds. Just two games ago Weah recorded 157 receiving yards.
Oct 14 - 4:04 PM

Pitt sophomore QB Ben DiNucci will work as starter for the remainder of the campaign with redshirt senior Max Browne undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

DiNucci (6'2/220) has made one previous start this season, completing 12-of-19 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Georgia Tech back on September 23. He'll face off with NC State on Saturday as he tries to help Pitt dig out of a 2-4 start to the season.
Oct 12 - 1:49 PM

Pitt redshirt senior QB Max Browne underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.

It's a disappointing end to what has been an underwhelming career for Browne. He transferred over to Pitt in the offseason after failing to hang onto the starting job over Sam Darnold at USC but even in his fresh digs, he was unable to make much of a positive impression. Browne finishes out the current campaign having thrown for 997 yards with a 5/2 TD/INT ratio in six games. Ben DiNucci will serve as starter moving forward with Browne down for the count.
Oct 12 - 1:24 PM

Pittsburgh indefinitely suspended sophomore RB Chawntez Moss.

Moss did not play in the season opener for undisclosed reasons, and Pete Narduzzi is being coy about this suspension as well. "Some days you’re impressed, and some days you’re not," Narduzzi said of Moss' recent performances. Qadree Ollison could see starting snaps once again.
Oct 12 - 11:34 AM

Pittsburgh senior QB Max Browne will miss a few weeks with an injury to his right throwing arm.

Freshman Kenny Pickett will draw the start. Browne left last week's game early after a hit landed him on his arm/shoulder, but news of missing time was a bit delayed. Browne completed over 71 percent of his passes this season with a 5:2 touchdown to interception ratio.
Oct 12 - 11:28 AM

Pitt junior WR Rafael Araujo-Lopes had seven catches for 100 yards in Saturday's 27-24 loss to Syracuse.

It was his first career 100-yard game. The 5-foot-9, 192-pound Araujo-Lopes is really coming on as Pitt begins to form an offensive identity in this rebuilding campaign. He has five or more catches and 72 or more receiving yards in three of the last four games.
Oct 7 - 4:47 PM

Pitt redshirt senior QB Max Browne left Saturday's game against Syracuse due to an a possible arm injury

No word as of yet as to what forced Browne out of the game, but he appeared to have issue moving his right arm when he went to the locker room. He should be considered questionable to return. Ben DiNucci replaced him at quarterback following his early exit.
Oct 7 - 3:18 PM

Pitt redshirt junior FB George Aston (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Syracuse.

Aston (6'0/245) injured his ankle in Saturday's win over Rice. Injuries have been an issue for him this season, as he had previously missed three games due to a lower-body injury sustained in August camp.
Oct 5 - 7:00 PM

Pitt redshirt senior WR Jester Weah caught five passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in the school's 42-10 win over Rice on Saturday.

Weah was able to get behind the defense on a 55-yard touchdown thanks to a blitz pickup by a running back. Weah doubled his season output in this game, so it remains to be seen if he will be a major part of the offense moving forward.
Sep 30 - 4:53 PM

Pitt redshirt senior QB Max Browne completed 28 of 32 attempts for 410 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 42-10 win over Rice on Saturday.

Browne operated out of clean pockets all afternoon and produced accordingly. His 48-yard score allowed him to escape the pocket, then lofted a pass along the sideline for a score. great blitz pickup also resulted in a 55-yard score to a wide open receiver. Browne really struggled over the last three weeks in losses.
Sep 30 - 4:39 PM

Pitt sophomore QB Ben Dinucci completed 12-of-19 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 35-17 loss to Georgia Tech.

Dinucci was making his first start of the season, drawing the assignment over Max Browne. Things started out well enough for him, as he hooked up with Qadree Ollison on a 28-yard touchdown pass just minutes into the game. That would be about the extent of the good times for Dinucci. Browne would come on later in the game, but our best guess is that Dinucci continues to see starting work moving forward as the Panthers look to see what they have in the sophomore gunslinger. Pitt takes on Rice next weekend.
Sep 23 - 3:45 PM

Pitt redshirt junior FB George Aston (lower body) is in line to make his season-debut in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

Aston (6'0/245) was laid low by a lower-body injury in preseason camp and has missed the first three games of the campaign. He showed a propensity for finding the end zone a year ago, scoring 10 touchdowns on 44 touches. Aston is also one of the top draft-eligible fullbacks in the country.
Sep 22 - 2:00 PM

Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi insinuated that both redshirt senior QB Max Browne and sophomore QB Ben DiNucci could see the field against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Browne was benched for DiNucci in the first half of Saturday's blowout loss to Oklahoma State. DiNucci then went on to complete 13-of-25 passes for 228 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. While those aren't particularly impressive numbers, Browne has shown next-to-no spark as a starter, either at USC or Pitt. Our guess is that Narduzzi will eventually side with DiNucci as the season draws ever-onward. Pitt should be looking toward the future right now, a future which grad transfer Browne will not be part of. For the time being, at least, the situation has not been settled.
Sep 20 - 10:01 PM


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