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Pittsburgh named redshirt sophomore Chad Voytik starting quarterback.

No surprise here. The former top recruit -- the No. 4 pro-style QB coming out of high school -- beat out senior Trey Anderson to replace Tom Savage. In 2012, Voytik redshirted behind Tino Sunseri (this is the third straight year the Panthers will break in a new starting QB). Voytik had a star turn in last season's Little Caesars Bowl win over Bowling Green, throwing for 108 yards on nine attempts and rushing for a touchdown while coming on in relief of an injured Savage.
Aug 21 - 7:15 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says scouts "speak well of" Pittsburgh redshirt senior OT T.J. Clemmings.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound OT began his career at DE, transitioning to tackle during the 2012 season. "Scouts speak well of right tackle Trevor Clemmings and with good reason," Pauline wrote. "He’s a nimble and quick lineman effective on the line of scrimmage or blocking in motion. While I list him as a tackle I think in the end Clemmings will be used at guard for a zone/motion blocking system." Clemmings started all 13 games last season for the Panthers at right tackle.
Aug 19 - 8:30 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt senior OLB Todd Thomas has durability concerns, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"For two seasons now I’ve graded Todd Thomas as a solid weakside linebacker and potential draftable prospect," Pauline wrote. "He shows good range and ability in space as well as skills in coverage. Thomas, who’s had several knee surgeries, indicated prior to the start of last season he was leaving the Pittsburgh program before reversing course. Both must be looked into." Thomas collected 72 tackles, six TFLs and two QB hurries as a junior last season. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Thomas runs a 4.68 forty.
Aug 19 - 7:13 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he's higher on redshirt junior CB Lafayette Pitts than anybody else.

Pitts tallied 44 tackles, three TFLs, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 12 starts and one additional appearance last year. "I might be the only person to stamp cornerback Lafayette Pitts with a second/third round grade but I’ll take my chances," Pauline wrote. "The past two seasons I’ve watched Pitts develop into a steady and sometimes spectacular corner. For the most part he plays solid football and stays away from mental mistakes. I like him as a prospect now and think he offers a good amount of upside." In addition to his coverage work, Pitts led the Panthers with 439 kickoff return yards on 19 attempts (23.1 average).
Aug 19 - 6:59 PM

Pittsburgh plans to use sophomore WR Tyler Boyd on punt returns in the fall, and is not concerned with the possibility of increasing his chance of injury.

"We don't look at it that way, that he's going to get killed," Panthers' special teams coach Chris Haering said. "We look at it just like you would on offense. We've got good guys that are out there blocking the returns. So our hope is you don't get free runners and guys that are going to get blown up." Boyd finished his true freshman season with 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns, breaking Larry Fitzgerald's record for receiving yards by a Pitt freshman. The former four-star recruit was ranked by Rivals as the No. 12 wide receiver in the 2013 class. "Tyler is a special kid," Haering said. "He is excited to do it, too — 100 percent bought in."
Aug 10 - 10:16 PM

Pittsburgh suspended CB Titus Howard for the 2014 season for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.

Head coach Paul Chryst announced the suspension of the projected starter. Howard can practice and participate in team activities during the suspension. Junior Trenton Coles is a frontrunner to take Howard's projected spot in the lineup.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 11:22 PM

Pittsburgh junior RB Isaac Bennett "exhibits only marginal burst and lacks top-end speed," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

A 13-game starter as a sophomore, Bennett collected 797 rushing yards (4.7 ypc) and caught 10 passes for 58 yards last year. "Demonstrates quick feet, toughness and good hands out of the backfield, but exhibits only marginal burst and lacks top-end speed to pull away," Stephens wrote. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Bennett runs only a 4.74 forty, which won't hack it at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 4:22 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Pittsburgh redshirt senior OLB Todd Thomas "has the natural talent to compete for an NFL roster spot."

Thomas collected 72 tackles, six TFLs and two QB hurries as a junior last season. Praised by Stephens for his athletic ability, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Thomas runs a 4.68 forty. He enters his senior campaign having made 23 career starts on the weakside.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 2:33 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes that "with continued demonstration of versatility and consistency" Pittsburgh red shirt senior S Ray Vinopal "could earn him a chance" to be drafted.

"Vinopal's instincts, awareness and overall fundamentals are solid, and he demonstrates good timing and anticipation to make plays on the ball, but his lack of size and speed could hurt his draft prospects. A continued demonstration of versatility and consistency could earn him a chance though," Stephens wrote. The 5-foot-10, 200 pound safety earned an All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2013, starting in all 13 games for the Panthers. Vinopal was the Panthers second leading tackler with 83 tackles, while adding a sack and three tackles for loss. The Pittsburgh prospect had six pass breakups and led the Panthers with three interceptions.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 23 - 4:10 PM

With a strong senior season, Pittsburgh red shirt senior OT T.J. Clemmings "could be a guy who rises rapidly leading up to the draft," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

He shows good natural flexibility in his lower half to bend on contact, and as a run blocker can fire through to the second level where he has the ability to square up and target effectively in space. He needs to improve hand placement as a pass-blocker, and will drop his shoulder and head on contact at times, but the athleticism and ability to pick things up quickly are both apparent. Could be a guy who rises rapidly leading up to the draft, with a strong senior season," Stephens wrote. The 6-foot-6, 315 pound tackle began his career at defensive end, and finally made the transition to tackle later in the 2012 season. In his first full season on the offensive line, Clemmings started all 13 games for the Panthers in 2013 at right tackle.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 23 - 3:53 PM

Pitt redshirt junior DE Ejuan Price will miss the 2014 season due to a chest injury.

Price apparently tore a pectoral muscle during summer workouts and will undergo surgery to repair the injury. The redshirt junior only played in six games last season after a back issue kept him out for the second half of the year. Price was expected to be a starter.
Source: ESPN
Jul 16 - 2:09 PM

Cowboys selected Pittsburgh WR Devin Street with the No. 146 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Street (6-foot-2 5/8, 198) started 40 games for the Panthers, setting a school record for receptions (202), and parlaying them into 2,901 yards (14.4 YPR) with 16 scores. He ran a pedestrian 4.55 forty at the Combine, albeit shining in the vertical (37 1/2") and broad (10'2") jumps. Already 23 and considered something of a diva, Street carries bust factor despite generally impressive tools. He has long arms (33 3/8") and reliable hands, but lacks deep speed and isn't physical enough to dominate the short to intermediate sections. Terrance Williams' starting job remains secure.
May 10 - 2:45 PM

Texans selected Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage with the No. 135 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Savage (6-foot-4 1/4, 228) was originally a four-star recruit to Rutgers, but lost his starting job to someone named Chas Dodd and transferred to Arizona. 'Cats coach Rich Rodriguez's spread-option offense didn't suit Savage, so he transferred yet again, finally landing on his feet at Pitt. He started one season for the Panthers, compiling a 21:9 TD-to-INT ratio and 61.2% completion rate. His career record was 17-11. Savage was a college underachiever, but possesses NFL-caliber arm strength and size, and pro evaluators are more concerned with traits than college stats. He's a 24-year-old project. Savage was awarded with plenty of buzz and ultimately landed in the fourth-round. He has a ways to go, but Bill O'Brien might be a believer.
May 10 - 2:32 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt ranks Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage as the top-available prospect heading into Day 3.

Brandt listed Savage as the No. 42 overall prospect heading into Thursday night. Brandt sees Stanford OT Cameron Fleming, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, Utah CB Keith McGill and Arizona State LB Carl Bradford rounding out the best player available list. Other players of note who haven't been selected include Clemson WR Martavis Bryant, South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington, Georgia QB Aaron Murray and LSU QB Zach Mettenberger.
Source: NFL.com
May 10 - 12:05 AM

Rams selected Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Donald (6-foot 7/8, 288) was a dominant interior penetrator at Pitt, earning the Outland, Nagurski, Bednarik, and Rotary Lombardi awards in addition to ACC Defensive POY as a senior. He registered 28.5 TFLs, 11 sacks, and four forced fumbles in 2013. Donald is smallish in stature, but shoots gaps with quick-twitch explosion, clocking a 4.68 forty and 9-foot-8 broad jump at the Combine before pumping 35 reps on the bench. He is a three-technique tackle and should begin causing interior disruption as soon as he steps on an NFL field. St. Louis' defensive line is insanely loaded with Chris Long and Robert Quinn on the ends, and Donald now playing next to NT Michael Brockers.
May 8 - 9:36 PM


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