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Pitt redshirt junior G Alex Bookser faces a litany of legal charges, including driving under the influence, after being arrested Sunday.

He was also charged with 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 is the returning starter at left guard. "We are extremely disappointed in the circumstances Alex put himself in, and others, because of his poor decision making," Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement. "He has expressed to me his extreme regret and disappointment in himself. Alex understands the importance of accountability when a mistake of this gravity is made. We are committed, as is Alex, to ensuring his actions and judgment will be better moving forward." The way that's worded leads us to believe that Bookser isn't in jeopardy at this time of getting booted off the team. Bookser's preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26.
May 15 - 4:28 PM

Pitt redshirt senior QB Max Browne completed 13-of-28 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in the team's spring game.

"I felt like we started off just kind of bleh. Just kind of no one making a play, myself included," Browne said of his spring game showing. He liked how the offense came together as the game progressed. The USC transfer is battling it out with redshirt sophomore QB Ben DiNucci for starting honors. HC Pat Narduzzi indicated that one of those two young men was beginning to pull away in the competition at the end of spring practice, though he did not divulge which one. August camp figures to settle this score.
May 9 - 8:56 PM

Pitt redshirt junior RB Qadree Ollison said that he is shooting for Heisman consideration in 2017.

"I want to win the Heisman. But it’s all up to me just putting in the work, perfecting my craft, studying film," Ollison said of his lofty hopes for the coming campaign. While the Heisman might be a bridge too far, the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is not without past success. He was named the ACC Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2015 for his work in filling in for James Conner (cancer, knee). During that 2015 season, Ollison rushed for 1,121 yards (5.3 YPC) and 11 touchdowns. His yard-per-carry average dropped to 3.8 when Conner returned in 2016. During Pitt's spring game, Ollison put together a strong overall effort, rushing for 84 yards on just two runs while catching five passes for 53 yards.
May 9 - 8:42 PM

Former Rutgers senior TE Matt Flanagan transferred to Pitt as a graduate.

Flanagan is immediately eligible to play in the fall for his final season of eligibility. The 6-foot-6, 258-pounder wasn't much involved the past three seasons in the Scarlet Knights' offensive gameplan, posting career highs of 11 receptions, 110 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. Flanagan is known as a solid blocker.
May 5 - 2:34 PM

Rams selected Pittsburgh DE Ejuan Price with the No. 234 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Price (5’11/241) made 35 college starts, tying Aaron Donald for the fourth-most sacks (29.5) in Pitt history and twice earning first-team All-ACC with 53 career tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. Price’s production would have been far greater if not for pectoral, back, and chest injuries that limited him to six appearances over his first three seasons. Popularly compared to Elvis Dumervil based on his stocky size, Price respectably tested as a 60th-percentile athlete at the Combine and has a useful sub-package pass-rusher floor. Already 24 years old with obvious size limitations, Price’s ceiling is fair to question.
Apr 29 - 6:07 PM

Giants selected Pittsburgh OL Adam Bisnowaty with the No. 200 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Bisnowaty (6’6/304) made 43 starts as the Pitt's left tackle, earning first-team All-ACC from the conference’s coaches a junior and senior. He made the All-ACC Academic Team all four years. A high school wrestler with a mean streak and freakishly-big hands (11 3/8"), Bisnowaty’s main limitation is 11th-percentile athleticism, likely necessitating a move to right tackle or guard. While NFL scouts are known to be high on his football intelligence, Bisnowaty is a low-ceiling prospect who best projects as a versatile "swing" backup. Bisnowaty was neither a standout run nor pass blocker at Pitt.
Apr 29 - 4:38 PM

Bills selected Pittsburgh QB Nate Peterman with the No. 171 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Peterman (6’3/226) made 24 starts in two years at Pitt after transferring from Tennessee, finishing his career with a 60% completion rate and 47:17 TD-to-INT ratio. All told, he went 14-12 across 26 college starts. Peterman generated buzz at January’s Senior Bowl for his plus fundamentals. On tape, Peterman showed a quick release and consistent footwork but limited velocity and tossed vertical passes that tended to die at the end of their trajectory. Smart (33 Wonderlic score) and coachable, It’s not inconceivable that Peterman could become an Andy Dalton kind of player, but it’s unlikely. Brian Hoyer is probably a more realistic comparison.
Apr 29 - 3:18 PM

Cardinals selected Pittsburgh OG Dorian Johnson with the No. 115 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Johnson (6’5/300) made 42 starts on Pitt's line, dabbling at left tackle and right guard as a freshman before settling in at left guard for his final three years. He was a first-team All-ACC pick as a senior. Just a 33rd-percentile athlete, Johnson compensates in pass protection with exceptional arm length (35 ¼") and huge hands (10 7/8"), and showed down-to-down reliability on tape. This year’s top-ranked guard by "many teams" according to Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline, Johnson has a chance to develop into a long-term starter on the interior. It was reported that Johnson has a liver issue, leading to a drop to the third day.
Apr 29 - 12:42 PM

Steelers selected Pitt RB James Conner with the No. 105 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Connor (6’2/233) took college football by storm as a 2014 sophomore, earning ACC Player of the Year with 26 rushing TDs only to tear his right MCL one game into his junior season. Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma later that year, yet remarkably returned to post a 216/1,092/16 (5.06 YPC) rushing line in 2016 and set a career high with 21 receptions. While a great story, Connor’s post-cancer tape was that of a plodding grinder, lacking burst and winning purely on straight-line force. Conner’s likeliest NFL projection is an early-down thumper with short-yardage and clock-killing value like a poor man’s LeGarrette Blount.
Apr 28 - 11:34 PM

Yahoo Sports Benjamin Allbright reports that the Bills have "potential interest" in Pitt QB Nathan Peterman.

Buffalo selected LSU CB Tre'Davious White after moving down on Day 1. Come the start of Day 2 (7 EST) on Friday, they will hold picks Nos. 44, 75 and 91. The Bills had previously put Peterman through a private workout, as did the Patriots, Steelers, Eagles and Jaguars.
Apr 28 - 6:08 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes that Pitt's shift to a more of a motion-spread offense did not play to G Dorian Johnson's strengths.

"Two years ago, they ran more power and Dorian had a really good year. Last year they went to more motion spread with about 10 jet sweeps a game and it didn’t suit his game. He’s more of a power scheme guy," the scout said of Johnson, who has 39 starts at left guard under his belt for his Pitt career. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lands the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder with the Seahawks at pick No. 58 (third round) in his most recent four-round mock draft.
Apr 25 - 10:27 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman is "a Brian Hoyer."

"Like him," he said. "He’s a Brian Hoyer. Good, tough, mid-round guy that if he gets in the right system maybe he becomes a starter." The 6-foot-3, 226-pound Peterman, a favorite of ESPN's Jon Gruden, played in a pro-style offense in college. While polished and perfectly able to go through multiple progressions, Peterman has an average arm and isn't much of an athlete. "The guy just has really good command," one scout said. "Got a lot of poise, lot of moxie. Not the most gifted physically but the guy moves around well." A third scout said: "Played really well at the Senior Bowl. That’s obviously a big deal for a quarterback. Go down there and work in somebody else’s system with a bunch of guys you haven’t worked with. Then you go back and start watching his film and you say, ‘You know what? This guy is pretty good.’ Not a top-tier starter, but I think he is a starter."
Apr 25 - 2:50 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he would be "afraid to draft [Pitt RB James Conner] because of that cancer."

Conner's recovery from Hodgkin's lymphoma is just about as inspirational a story as you will find in sports, but this particular scout is scared of a relapse, telling the Journal-Sentinel that "[s]upposedly, he’s cancer-free, but he’s not a good enough player to take a shot on. He’s a big guy without speed and he’s not real quick. There’s nothing special there." In an attempt to address concerns about a recurrence from the dread disease, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner previously sent copies of his clean February medical scan to every team in the NFL. In a dissenting opinion, another scout said, "Old-school bruising back. Pretty good hands. Like to have him." Conner should see interest in the latter rounds of Day 3 a week from Saturday.
Apr 21 - 8:05 PM

Pitt RB James Conner said, "Just call me Beast Mode 2.0."

"[Marshawn Lycnh has] always got such amazing willpower to go along with an 'I'm not gonna be denied' mentality, and those are two things I bring to the table every time I suit up," Conner wrote in an open letter to NFL GM's on the Player's Tribune. "I'm not going down on first contact. It's just not gonna happen." NFL Media's Chad Reuter pegs the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder as a sixth-round selection by the Patriots in his most recent mock draft. He would be a perfect fit for that locker room.
Apr 20 - 5:15 PM

ESPN's Jon Gruden calls Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman the most NFL-ready quarterback in this class.

This opinion is probably largely predicated on the fact that the 6-foot-3, 226-pound Peterman played in a pro-style offense in college. Gruden predicts that four quarterbacks will go in Round 1, and he mentioned Peterman as a one of the possibilities in addition to Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, Mitchell Trubisky and DeShone Kizer. Peterman has his fans, but we'd be stunned if he went on Day 1. We think Rd. 3 is far more likely than Rd. 1.
Apr 19 - 3:09 PM


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