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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has not come away impressed with the work of Pitt TE Scott Orndoff at East-West Shrine Game practices.

Pauline relays that Orndoff looked "marginally athletic" during Monday's practice and added after Wednesday's practice that "speed is a major question." The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder also struggled to consistently catch and block this week. Testing results are going to be crucial for Orndoff if he wants to garner any sort of NFL interest as a late pick or priority street free agent.
Jan 20 - 7:56 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes Pitt QB Nathan Peterman could be an NFL starter.

Peterman has "the poise, accuracy and field vision" to earn that label, according to Zierlein. So many are going to try to find the next Dak Prescott, but that goal is impossible. Peterman, however, could prove to be a great value and is easily the top senior passer in this class. He was bumped up to the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago.
Jan 17 - 9:08 AM

Pittsburgh edge rusher Ejuan Price was limited in Monday's East West Shrine Game practice with an apparent injury.

We will see if Price is on the field on Tuesday. He missed the second half of the first practice, including one on ones which are arguably the most important piece of the week. Price was not noticeably limping and was standing with teammates the entire time. Price does have a long history of injuries.
Jan 17 - 8:11 AM

Cardinals DL coach Brentson Buckner and Vikings DC George Edwards will coach the East-West Shrine teams.

Buckner's climb up the NFL ranks is impressive. After his playing career he co-hosted a local Charlotte sports radio show, then a local high school football team, then joined the Cardinals and was a focal point of "All or Nothing." Edwards was named Vikings defensive coordinator in 2014. The rest of the coaching staffs will be made up of current NFL position coaches. Practices begin on Monday Jan. 16.
Source: Shrine Game
Jan 11 - 9:58 AM

Pittsburgh G Dorian Johnson accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Johnson is an All-ACC honoree who's been starting since his freshman campaign. With experience at guard and tackle, Johnson provides versatility. Really, though, he's simply one of the best guards in this upcoming class. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is a big fan of Johnson's work, writing in September that he could get first-round consideration.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 6 - 1:01 PM

Pittsburgh senior QB Nathan Peterman completed 13-of-18 passes for 253 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Wednesday's 31-24 loss to Northwestern in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Peterman was forced out of the game due to a possible head injury in the second half of Wednesday's contest (replaced by Ben DiNucci, who threw a pair of picks), but even before he exited stage left, he was running hot/cold. He did connect with Jester Weah on a 69-yard scoring pass in the closing minutes of the second quarter, but he also threw a brutal red-zone interception in that first half. Assuming he can recover from his injury concern in reasonably timely fashion, the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder will hit up the East-West Shrine Game later this winter. He has also been invited to the Senior Bowl. Peterman turned in a fine 2016 campaign on the whole, throwing for 2,855 yards with a 27/7 TD/INT ratio.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 05:54:00 PM

Pitt redshirt junior RB James Conner is questionable to return to the Pinstripe Bowl due to a possible head injury.

Conner was injured in the first half of Wednesday's contest and has yet to see action in the second half. He is currently on the Pitt sideline without a helmet, a sign that he may well be done for the game. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder beat both cancer and a significant knee injury to return to game action with 1,060 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns in 12 regular-season contests this season. He will be entering the 2017 NFL Draft and his sitting out the second half for precautionary reasons on Wednesday makes logical sense.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Pitt edge rusher Ejuan Price accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Price turns 24 in January, which is absolutely notable. He posted 11.5 sacks in 2015 and 12 sacks in 2016, his age 22 and 23-year-old seasons, possibly against 19 and 20-year-olds. That's not to take away from Price, who has certainly posted production on the edge. He could find a role as a designated pass rusher in the NFL.
Source: Shrine Game
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 08:55:00 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne will transfer to Pittsburgh.

Browne won the starting job at USC out of August camp, but the former five-star recruit proved woefully ineffective in his three starts with the Trojans. Playing against Alabama, Utah State and Stanford to open the season, the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder failed to throw for 200 yards in any one of those contests and managed just a 2/2 TD/INT ratio in that space. Sam Darnold was subsequently installed as starter and the rest, as they say, is history. Browne ranked as 247Sports' composite's No. 1 pro-style quarterback during the 2013 cycle. With Pitt, he will compete for starting honors in 2017, as current quarterback starter Nathan Peterman is set for graduation.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 06:41:00 PM

Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman accepted an invitation to attend the Senior Bowl.

Peterman previously accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game, but injuries to Senior Bowl quarterbacks helped him get the call up. The former Tennessee transfer outperformed expectations in 2016, his only season at Pitt.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 09:49:00 AM

Pitt redshirt junior RB James Conner was named the winner of the Disney Spirit Award.

The Disney Spirit Award is handed out annually to the most inspirational player in college football. And Conner has certainly been that. After a 2015 season in which Conner not only suffered a torn MCL but was also diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder roared back to heal up his knee, beat cancer and oh hey, play in all 12 of Pitt's games during the 2016 campaign. In that space, he rushed for 1,060 yards (5.1 YPC) and 16 touchdowns. He declared for the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 12:32:00 PM

Pitt redshirt junior RB James Conner declared for the NFL Draft.

Conner overcame Hodgkin lymphoma -- and a torn MCL that stole his 2015 campaign -- to get here. Chiefs S Eric Berry also beat Hodgkin lymphoma. After announcing he was cancer-free in May, Conner returned to the field this fall to rush for 1,060 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding a career-high 20 catches for 299 yards and four more scores. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder was the 2014 ACC Player of the Year (1,765 yards and 26 TD) in his last healthy season before this one. His 56 career TDs are the most in ACC history. The thundering Conner was previously compared to Packers RB Eddie Lacy. Conner's health status knocked his grade down to the Rds. 4-6 range, but scouts will surely bang the table for him. Day 2 is in play if he tests well, though Conner is entering a stacked RB class. "He's a brute," a scout told CBS. "He isn't going to outrun defenders at our level to the edges but he's an effective rusher inside with enough vision, burst and power."
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 02:31:00 PM

Transferring USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne will visit Pittsburgh this weekend.

We like the fit. The Panthers prefer pro-style quarterbacks and will have an opening under center next year following Nathan Peterman's graduation. Browne was the nation's No. 1 pro-style passer in 2013, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Last week, Browne announced that he won't stay with the Trojans through their bowl game. Instead, he's turned his attention to the transfer process, which became inevitable after he lost his job to Sam Darnold after three games. A graduate transfer, Browne is eligible to play immediately wherever he winds up.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 09:09:00 PM

Pittsburgh OT Adam Bisnowaty accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The four-year starter at left tackle is a team captain who has made 42 career starts. We think the All-ACC performer might have to kick inside to guard at the next level.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 03:01:00 PM

Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman has accepted an invitation to the East West Shrine Game.

Peterman recently said he was invited to a few all star games (like the Shrine and NFPLA), and it appears he picked the Florida location. The former Tennessee Vol joined Pitt this season as a graduate transfer and performed at a high level, throwing 26 touchdowns compared to six interceptions.
Source: Shrine Game
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 11:56:00 AM


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