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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

NFL Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Max Browne's stock took a hit after his poor performance against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

"When Browne got the call in 2016 he failed miserably, was replaced by Sam Darnold and eventually transferred to Pittsburgh. It’s déjà vu all over again as he was benched during Saturday’s debacle against Oklahoma State after the inability to move the Panthers offense, Pauline said. "Browne just couldn’t make the passes, missed wide open receivers and had senior Jester Weah wide open in the deep field waiting for a touchdown pass that never landed near him." Quarterback Ben Dinucci replaced the struggling Browne in the first half.
Sep 18 - 10:20 PM

Pitt sophomore QB Ben Dinucci went 13-for-25 for 228 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's loss to Oklahoma State.

Dinucci replaced an ineffective Max Browne in the first half. Whether this showing was enough to displace Browne permanently is not yet known, but the Panthers offense was spinning its wheels with Browne under center. Dinucci isn't Sam Darnold, but this situation feels awfully similar to the one at USC last fall.
Sep 16 - 3:47 PM

Pitt redshirt senior QB Max Browne was removed for sophomore QB Ben Dinucci in the first half of Saturday's game against Oklahoma State.

With the Panthers struggling to move the ball again as they fell behind the Cowboys 35-0 in the second quarter, Pitt's coaching staff inserted Ben Dinucci. The Pitt offense responded by scoring a pair of touchdowns. Browne's job is very much in danger.
Sep 16 - 1:59 PM

Pittsburgh HC Pat Narduzzi says he'll stick with redshirt senior QB Max Browne at quarterback.

Narduzzi isn't even using the "OR" depth chart gimmick with Browne and sophomore Ben DiNucci here. Instead, he's making it clear that Browne is the undisputed starter with Oklahoma State traveling to Heinz Field this weekend. Browne was awful in in Saturday's 33-14 loss to Penn State, completing 19-of-32 passes for 138 yards and two interceptions. Narduzzi deflected blame on Monday. "I was pretty happy after watching the tape with him more than I was maybe after the game, and I wasn't disappointed after the game at all because I told you how I felt after the game," Narduzzi said. "You know, so does he have room for improvement? Yes. And so do I."
Source: ESPN
Sep 12 - 2:54 PM

Pitt redshirt junior LB Oluwaseun Idowu recorded seven tackles, 4.0 TFL and a forced fumble in Saturday's loss to Penn State.

Idowu (6'0/225) led the Panthers in tackles while serving as one of the more productive players on either side of the ball for Pitt in the loss. The former walk-on has racked up 14 tackles through the first two games of the campaign.
Sep 10 - 3:16 PM

Pitt redshirt junior RB Qadree Ollison rushed for 96 yards on 15 carries in Saturday's 33-14 loss to Penn State.

Ollison (6'2/230) was just about the only bright spot for the Panthers on Saturday, as QB Max Browne threw for just 138 yards. Predictably, no wideout managed more than Jester Weah's 65 yards receiving. Despite Pitt's offensive struggles, Ollison has done a nice job in both of their games to date, having now rushed for 187 yards on the young season.
Sep 9 - 7:22 PM

Pitt redshirt senior QB Max Browne completed 19-of-32 passes for 138 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's 33-14 loss to Penn State.

Browne figures to have a little bit more leash on the starting job, but he has not impressed beyond the ability to connect on short completions during the first two games of his Pitt career. The USC transfer has thrown for just 278 yards with a 1/2 TD/INT ratio in those two contests. Redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci would be the man to replace Browne if the Panthers tire of his watching-paint-dry game.
Sep 9 - 7:14 PM

Pitt suspended senior LB Quintin Wirginis will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a non-football related injury.

Wirginis was going to miss the first three games of the season due to a suspension (undisclosed), but now the possible starting linebacker will be out for the entire year. Redshirt sophomore Saleem Brightwell appears to now be locked in as the starter in the middle.
Sep 5 - 10:52 AM

After exiting for the locker room in the first half with an ankle injury in Saturday's game against Youngstown State, Pitt redshirt junior RB Qadree Ollison was able to return a short while later.

Ollison was tackled from behind early in the game and briefly went to the locker room before coming back out to rejoin the fray. Pitt and Youngstown State are currently tied at 21-21 in the fourth quarter.
Sep 2 - 4:14 PM

Pitt redshirt junior RB Qadree Ollison (ankle) exited to the locker room in the first half of Saturday's game against Youngstown State.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was tackled awkwardly from behind, apparently suffering an ankle injury on the play. While he was able to leave the field unassisted, Ollison then went to the locker room for further evaluation. He'd converted eight carries into 33 yards and two touchdowns before exiting. We'll update you when more is known.
Sep 2 - 2:34 PM

Pitt redshirt junior RB Qadree Ollison is listed as the starting running back.

Meanwhile, Darrin Hall was listed as his backup. That means Chawntez Moss, who had major momentum coming into the summer, failed to win a spot on the two-deep. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Ollison was named the ACC Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2015 after rushing for 1,121 yards (5.3 ypc) and 11 touchdowns while filling in for the injured James Conner.
Source: Patreon
Aug 29 - 3:49 PM

Pitt named redshirt senior QB Max Browne the starter for the coming season.

Browne beat out redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci for starting honors. This marks the second consecutive preseason camp in which he has been named starter -- he beat out Sam Darnold at USC last August, too, before a lackluster start to the season forced HC Clay Helton's hand and led to Darnold's ascension and Browne's eventual transfer. In eight games (including three starts) with the Trojans a year ago, the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder threw for 507 yards with a 2/2 TD/INT ratio.
Aug 22 - 4:42 PM


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