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Matt Zenitz of AL.com reports that Pitt DL coach Charlie Partridge is a candidate to coach the defensive line at Alabama.

Zenitz also reports that South Carolina DL coach Lance Thompson, former Seahawks DL Travis Jones, and assistant DL coach for the Chargers Eric Henderson are candidates for the position. Partridge was formally the head coach at FAU, but was let go after a 3-9 season. He signed on with the Panthers in 2017, and is now a candidate to coach the loaded Alabama front four. The opening comes after Karl Dunbar left the Crimson Tide to coach on the Pittsburgh Steeler staff.
Source: AL.com
Feb 18 - 6:20 PM

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that Pittsburgh will hire Dave Borbely to be the new OL coach.

It was reported that Borbely interviewed for the job on Thursday, and it appears that interview went well enough. Borbely has 35-plus years of coaching experience, and has coached for Maryland, Stanford, Notre Dame, Colorado, Louisville and Virginia as an offensive line coach or associate coach. He'll replace John Peterson, who left the program near the end of January.
Feb 12 - 2:04 PM

The Miami Dolphins hired Pitt secondary coach Renaldo Hill.

Hill has been on staff with the Panthers for the past three seasons after earlier breaking into the coaching ranks with Wyoming. Prior to that, he turned in a 10-year NFL career. He played corner at Michigan State from 1998-2000.
Feb 8 - 1:58 PM

Pittsburgh signed uncommitted four-star 2018 RB Mychale Salahuddin.

Salahuddin had named USC, North Carolina, and Syracuse his other finalists, but his signature goes to Pittsburgh. He ranks as the top player in the DC area by 247 Sports, and he ranks fifth on the APB (all-purpose back) list. He should be able to help the Pittsburgh running game in time, and it sounds like he can also help in the passing game. A nice combination for Pat Narduzzi and company.
Feb 7 - 2:08 PM

Pittsburgh received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 CB Erick Hallett.

Hallett picks Pittsburgh over offers from Vanderbilt, Houston, Tulane and several other schools. He was previously committed to Washington State in August, but opened things up last month after not signing with the Cougars during the early signing period. He ranks as the 86th best cornerback in the class according to 247 Sports composite rankings.
Feb 4 - 1:45 PM

Kent State redshirt senior OL Stefano Millin transferred to Pitt as a graduate.

Perfect situation for the 6-foot-5, 291-pound Millin, who will be competing to replace draft-bound LT Brian O'Neill this offseason. He said that Pitt HC Patt Narduzzi told him that he would be "shocked" if Millin doesn't ultimately come away with starting honors for the upcoming campaign. At Kent State, he was working on a streak of 27 consecutive starts. He's started 33 of the 36 games in which he's appeared during his collegiate career.
Source: Rivals
Feb 1 - 12:16 PM

Pitt hired Central Michigan defensive passing game coordinator Archie Collins to serve in a to-be-announced role.

Per Pitt's press release, Collins' exact focus on staff will be disclosed at a later date. He's been with Central Michigan for the past four seasons. Collins figures to be an asset on the recruiting trail. He was named Scout.com's MAC Recruiter of the Year for 2015 on the strength of his work with the Chippewas.
Jan 31 - 4:52 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller listed Pittsburgh T Brian O'Neill as one of the players who raised question marks after his Senior Bowl practices.

O'Neill was one of the more intriguing players coming into the Senior Bowl because of his athleticism and strong performance at the end of the season for Pitt. Miller does write that the Senior Bowl is often tough on lineman because of the one-on-one battles, but he notes that the 6-foot-6, 296-pound lineman had a "tough time pushing defenders out of the hole." Miller says he left Mobile believing that O'Neill can be a right tackle in a zone-blocking scheme.
Jan 29 - 6:06 PM

In a "Senior Bowl only" mock draft, Walter Football projects the Browns to take Pitt T Brian O'Neill with the fourth overall pick.

It's worth repeating: This is strictly a mock draft that features Senior Bowl players. In this scenario, the Browns take Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the first pick, with New York taking Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Indianapolis taking UTSA edge-rusher Marcus Davenport next. Reports on O'Neill's week were mixed, but his athleticism is as intriguing as any offensive lineman in the class. "The Browns need to protect their new quarterback. They have a solid offensive line, but their hole at right tackle needs to be filled," they write. "Brian O'Neill has been discussed as a potential first-round pick."
Jan 28 - 2:32 PM

Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko notes that Pitt T Brian O'Neill has "struggled throughout the week" at the Senior Bowl.

Per Galko, O'Neill "struggled to win a single rep" on Thursday, getting schooled by Ohio State’s Jalyn Holmes with an inside move and OU’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo on a bull rush. Coming into the week, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. had said that O'Neill could be taken in the top 20 selections. O'Neill (6'6/290) certainly holds intrigue as a former tight end who kept his athleticism as he gained weight. "He looks the part and has impressive showings on film, but he is looking closer to a 3rd-4th round pick than a potential first rounder as the week ends," Galko wrote.
Jan 26 - 2:06 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes that Brian O'Neill has a chance to be taken in the top 20 selections.

Kiper has O'Neill at 21st on his updated big board, and lists him as the second-best player playing in the Senior Bowl who isn't a quarterback. He notes that O'Neill is a former tight end who "kept the athleticism as he put on weight (6'6/290)," and that he could play on either the left or right side. It sounds like O'Neill is seeing his stock rise by the moment, and he'll be a must-watch in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 1:20 PM

Pitt CB Avonte Maddox was listed as one of Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline's defensive winners for East-West Shrine Game practices.

Maddox -- who met with the Eagles and Bills on Wednesday -- played "big football" all week according to Pauline despite his size (5'9/191). Pauline says that his "ball skills were unmatched, as were his cover instincts and timing." He's likely a nickelback at the next level because of his height, but the fact he can time balls and play with the "big boys" gives him a chance to possibly play on the outside. That would be very beneficial to Maddox's draft stock.
Jan 18 - 4:53 PM

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Pittsburgh T Jaryd Jones-Smith "may have done enough" at Shrine Game practices this week "to get himself drafted in the late rounds if he’s medically cleared."

Jones-Smith (6'6/321) is dogged by injury concerns. He missed the 2015 season with a major knee injury and played in just eight games in 2016. He appeared in all 12 games last year, but curiously didn't start three of them. "Jones-Smith is a long, agile tackle who blocks with solid fundamentals," Pauline wrote. "He lacks top footwork in space and does not play with great lower body strength, which is somewhat understandable." Pauline believes that the knee injury "could doom him."
Jan 17 - 9:11 PM

Pitt CB Avonte Maddox met with the Eagles and Bills on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-9, 181-pounder comes with size and durability concerns. He missed a total of five games over the last two years to injury. After the 2017 season, Maddox was selected All-ACC by league coaches (third team) and the Associated Press (second team). We think he'll likely be available as a UDFA, but Maddox will use the next few months to try and rally into Day 3.
Jan 17 - 8:02 PM

Pitt and West Virginia will square off to open the 2022 season.

The two squads have renewed the Backyard Brawl with a scheduled four-game series from 2022-25, with the first contest in the set to be played on Sep. 3, 2022. Pitt will host that contest, as they will for the 2024 contest, with West Virginia hosting the other two games. While the Panthers hold a 61-40-3 overall record in the series -- it's a series that began in 1895 -- the teams have not played each other since Nov. 25, 2011, when West Virginia emerged victorious by a 21-20 score.
Jan 17 - 12:27 PM


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