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LeSean McCoy for Heisman? Why not?
This week, it was announced that Pitt running back LeSean McCoy had been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Maxwell Trophy. Why not take that a step further? LeSean McCoy on the short list for the Heisman? Why not? Certainly, no one who saw McCoy's performance agai...
5 years, 10 months ago   |   LeSean McCoy for Heisman? Why not? ( 0 )
Pitt’s Baldwin makes fast progress—literally
The Pitt Panthers always figured Jonathan Baldwin would prove a great wide receiver in the long run. Well, the long runs have started already. "Because he's so big," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt told Blue-Gold-News.com after Baldwin's breakout performance in an upset of...
5 years, 10 months ago   |   Pitt’s Baldwin makes fast progress—literally ( 2 )
A bowl is expected for Pitt, but Bowling Green comes first
What a difference one game can make. For most of last season, the Pitt football team wallowed in mediocrity, cycling through quarterbacks like Madonna using up boyfriends -- three different starters by the end of a 5-7 season. The defense was inconsistent. The fans wer...
6 years ago   |   A bowl is expected for Pitt, but Bowling Green comes first ( 1 )
Some Pitt superfrosh may not see red
It turns out that Pitt's 2008 recruiting class wasn't just good on paper. The Panthers reeled in a five-star recruit (Jonathan Baldwin) and a quintet of four stars, all from Pennsylvania, and four of them are making strong cases for avoiding a red shirt this season. B...
6 years ago   |   Some Pitt superfrosh may not see red ( 0 )
Thumbs up for Stull as Pitt starter
Let's see, now -- where was he? When last seen on a football field, Bill Stull was going 14-of-20 through the air for 177 yards and leading his Pitt Panthers to a season-opening victory over Eastern Michigan. Then, in the third quarter, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder broke...
6 years ago   |   Thumbs up for Stull as Pitt starter ( 1 )
Two down in Pitt two-a-days: Saddler the latest
What a shame. It would have been lots of fun to watch Pitt freshman Cameron Saddler play football this fall. That's not to be, though, because the speedy and exuberant wide receiver tore his ACL during a punt return drill on Tuesday and will redshirt this season after...
6 years, 1 month ago   |   Two down in Pitt two-a-days: Saddler the latest ( 1 )
Bad luck continues for Pitt’s Fulmer
Some guys have all the luck. And then, there's Doug Fulmer. The Pitt defensive end, projected to be a starter this season, tore the ACL in his left knee during spring drills and will require surgery that will probably put him out for the year. This comes after surgery...
6 years, 1 month ago   |   Bad luck continues for Pitt’s Fulmer ( 1 )
Young Panthers make big impression in Big 33 game
Because of NCAA rules, Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt couldn't attend the recent Big 33 All-Star game in Hershey, Pa. Instead, he sat at the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field and received a constant stream of text messages from the site. They were very encouragin...
6 years, 2 months ago   |   Young Panthers make big impression in Big 33 game ( 0 )
Pitt’s 2009 recruiting comes alive
The Pitt Panthers were justifiably proud of their 2008 recruiting class, led by prep All-America wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin from nearby Aliquippa -- but as of mid-June, the 2009 effort seemed dead in the water. As Big East rivals Rutgers and South Florida were gobbl...
6 years, 2 months ago   |   Pitt’s 2009 recruiting comes alive ( 0 )
Two-way lineman is first ‘09 Pitt commitment
To paraphrase Tom Petty, it's good to be Cory King. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman from Lakeview High School in Stoneboro, Pa., became the University of Pittsburgh's first verbal commitment for the 2009 football season, and in the process proved a piece of sage advice...
6 years, 3 months ago   |   Two-way lineman is first ‘09 Pitt  commitment ( 0 )
No Mo in 2008: Pitt’s Williams becomes an “academic redshirt”
Now you see him, now you don't. That's what they said about Maurice "Mo" Williams on the football field. Unfortunately for the Pitt program, that phrase has taken on another meaning. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound speedster out of Erie became the second high-profile Big East...
6 years, 3 months ago   |   No Mo in 2008: Pitt’s Williams becomes an “academic redshirt” ( 0 )
Panthers reserve right tackle spot for Otah
In the battle for Jeff Otah's football future, it was the NFL Scouting Combine versus YouTube. And at this point, it's pretty clear who won. Otah, a two-year starter at offensive tackle for the University of Pittsburgh, looked sluggish and slow at both the combine and...
6 years, 4 months ago   |   Panthers reserve right tackle spot for Otah ( 0 )
LeSean McCoy, meet Tony Dorsett
No pressure, LeSean McCoy. As a first-year player last season, the Pitt running back rushed for 1,328 yards (his 110 yards a game average was tops among freshmen nationally), scored 90 points and 16 rushing touchdowns. The last two numbers were new Pitt records, gently...
6 years, 5 months ago   |   LeSean McCoy, meet Tony Dorsett ( 0 )
Pitt O-line works around missing pieces
Spring football is a time for trying out new players, or old players in new positions. For offensive line coaches, it's also a window of opportunity to build comaraderie and continuity on their unit. Not Pitt's Tony Wise, however. As he begins his new job with the task...
6 years, 5 months ago   |   Pitt O-line works around missing pieces ( 0 )
Pitt recruiters hold their own at home
(First in a series on Big East 2008 recruiting classes.) If Dave Wannstedt and his staff keep recruiting like this, one of two things are going to happen -- they'll either start winning, or they'll get fired. The 2008 crop of 19 Panthers was Wannstedt's third consecut...
6 years, 7 months ago   |   Pitt recruiters hold their own at home ( 0 )
Pitt NFL draft bio: Darrell Strong
At the Hula Bowl earlier this month, Darrell Strong completed his transition from doghouse to Big Dog. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound senior tight end from Pitt led the winning Aina squad in receiving with five catches for 50 yards, no doubt raising his stock in the upcoming...
6 years, 7 months ago   |   Pitt NFL draft bio: Darrell Strong ( 0 )
Pitt NFL draft bio: Mike McGlynn
OK, so as one sportswriter pointed out, Mike McGlynn will probably never be asked to pose for Playgirl. At 6-foot-5, 309 pounds, he's a blue-collar guy with a blue-collar body -- more buffalo than buff. Just don't get in his way on a running play. Or try to use him as...
6 years, 7 months ago   |   Pitt NFL draft bio: Mike McGlynn ( 1 )
Pitt NFL draft bio: Joe Clermond
Guys like Pitt defensive end -- or, maybe, linebacker -- Joe Clermond give pro scouts headaches. A second-team All-Big East selection in 2006 and '07, Clermond is a definite "tweener" by the numbers. At 6-foot-3 and between 250 and 260 pounds, he's a bit small to pla...
6 years, 7 months ago   |   Pitt NFL draft bio: Joe Clermond ( 0 )
Pitt NFL draft bio: Jeff Otah
Jeff Otah is still learning how to play football. And that's what intrigues a lot of NFL scouts. A two-year starter at left tackle for Pitt, Otah was born to Nigerian parents and was initially more interested in basketball than football at William Penn High School in N...
6 years, 7 months ago   |   Pitt NFL draft bio: Jeff Otah ( 0 )
Pitt waiting for recruiting success to pay off
Fourth in a series on Big East teams and the 2007 season. PITT PANTHERS: RECORD: 5-6, 3-4 in Big East. HIGH POINTS: A season-ending 13-9 upset of arch-rival West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl, knocking the Mountaineers out of the national title game; a 21-17...
6 years, 7 months ago   |   Pitt waiting for recruiting success to pay off ( 1 )