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Aaron Donald heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/13 - Aaron Donald, DT, 6-1, 285, Pittsburgh...Donald is a fierce penetrator and had 28.5 tackles for loss last season. He doesn't have great size, but his quickness allows him to make plays. The Rams will likely use him to start out on passing downs. Some have compared him to standout Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins. - The Sports Xchange
*LeSean McCoy heading into So season: 2008: All-Big East Conference first-team pick and named Big East Offensive Player of the Year by the media...Semi-finalist for both the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award...Team Most Valuable Player...Started all 13 games, leading the Big East while ranking second in the nation in scoring, averaging 9.69 points per game...Finished second in the league and 10th nationally with an average of 114.46 yards per game rushing, as he also ranked third in the conference with 1,809 all-purpose yards, an average of 139.15 yards per game...Ran for a career-high 1,488 yards and 21 touchdowns on 308 carries (4.8 avg.), as he produced 89 first downs (28.9%) and converted 11 of 31 third-down snaps (35.48%)...Had 40 carries that gained at least 10 yards (12.99%), including 10 for 20 yards or longer...Recorded 49 positive runs inside the end zone (15.91%), including 27 on goal-line plays...Credited with key rushing attempts that set up 28 touchdown drives and nine other series that ended with field goals...Turned the ball over three times on six fumbles, as he was stopped behind the line of scrimmage on 27 carries (8.77%) and tackled for no gain on 15 other rushing attempts...Ran for over 100 yards six times and scored at least one touchdown in all but two of his 13 contests...McCoy started 22 of 25 games he played in at Pittsburgh, carrying the ball 584 times for 2,816 yards (4.82 avg.) and 35 touchdowns, adding 549 yards and a score on 65 receptions (8.4 avg.), 16 yards on a kickoff return and scored 216 points...Also completed two of four passes for 32 yards, recorded three tackles (two solos) and generated 3,381 all-purpose yards, an average of 135.24 yards per game...His combined touchdown total of 36 topped the previous NCAA record for freshman and sophomores of 32 by Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald (2002-03)...2007: Was the country's top freshman rusher with an average of 110.67 yards per game and ranked 21st overall...set a Big East freshman record with 1,328 yards on 276 carries (4.81 avg.), surpassing Terrell Willis' (Rutgers) mark of 1,261 set in 1993...McCoy set Pitt freshman records for points (90) and rushing touchdowns (14), surpassing Tony Dorsett's 34-year-old marks (78 points, 13 rushing TDs in 1973)...had seven 100-yard rushing performances on the season, the most by a Pitt frosh since Tony Dorsett had 10 in 1973.
*Jon Baldwin heading into Jr season: 2010: A two-time first-team All-Big East performer, Baldwin finished the season with 53 catches for 822 yards and five touchdowns. His career receiving yardage total of 2,337 ranks sixth all-time at Pitt, while his receptions total of 128 ranks eighth...2009: First-team All-Big East wideout compiled 57 catches for 1,111 yards (19.5 avg.) with eight touchdowns…Pitt’s first 1,000-yard receiver since 2004 (Greg Lee, 1,297 yards)…ranked third in the Big East and 19th nationally in total receiving yards...ranked third in the Big East and 22nd nationally in receiving yards per game (85.46 avg.)…had two TDs over 70 yards (79-yarder vs. NC State; 71 vs. Louisville)…lone rush of the year was a 61-yard reverse that set up a Pitt TD drive vs. Syracuse…had seven 100-yard receiving games in 2009, including a career-high 144 (on six catches) with a 40-yard TD vs. USF...2008: Immediate contributor as a true freshman...played in all 13 games, starting the last three (West Virginia, Connecticut and Sun Bowl vs. Oregon State)...averaged 22.4 yards/catch on 18 receptions for 404 yards...had three TDs, including scoring catches of 60 and 52 yards...had career-high 101 receiving yards on three catches (33.7 avg.) with a 60-yard TD at Navy.
Tom Savage heading into rSr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: HOUSTON TEXANS: Round 4/135 -- Tom Savage, QB, 6-4, 235, Pittsburgh...The well-traveled Savage was outstanding as a true freshman at Rutgers and exceptional as a senior at Pitt. He went 1,024 days without playing because he missed three seasons while transferring. Good size, big arm, solid mechanics. He will be coached hard and won't be rushed into the lineup. - The Sports Xchange
*Henry Hynoski heading into rJr season: 2010: Hynoski was Pitt’s starting fullback each of the past two years. This past season he rushed 12 times for 33 yards and caught 25 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown...2009: Starting fullback who compiled 107 yards on 24 carries (4.5 avg.) with one TD…also had 15 receptions for 109 yards (7.3 avg.)...2008: Lettered in his first active season, primarily as a special teams contributor...played in five games...had one carry for three yards at Navy...2007: Redshirted as a true freshman.
Conredge Collins heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 9 GS; Rush: 33-110-3.3-1; Rec: 7-60-8.6-0; 2 Sol-2 TT; Enters his third year as Pitt's starting fullback...highly regarded player considered one of the nation's best at his position...had 110 yards on 33 carries (3.3 avg.) and a TD in 12 games...against Navy had 52 yards on nine carries (5.8 avg.) , both career highs... 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 29-115-4-1; Rec: 20-198-9.9-3; Earned the starting fullback assignment...in 12 games had 115 yards on 29 carries (4.0 avg.) and a TD...also had 20 catches for 198 yards (9.9 avg.) and three receiving TDs... 2005: 5 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 8-25-3.1-0; Rec: 1-3-3-0; Initially slated for a redshirt, Collins moved into active duty in midseason and contributed at fullback...played in five of the last six games, missing the final contest at West Virginia due to a knee injury...had eight rushes for 25 yards on the year...made his collegiate debut versus Cincinnati Oct. 8...is the son of Tony Collins and Samara Ragland...father is a former Pro Bowl running back who played for the New England Patriots (1981-87) and Miami Dolphins (1990) after starring at East Carolina.
Scott McKillop heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 98 Sol-151 TT, 9 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 7 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF; Enters his senior year holding status as one of the nation's finest defensive players…a candidate for the Butkus Award, Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award…paced the entire country in tackles, averaging 12.58 per game, and ranked second in solos (8.17 avg.)…was the centerpiece of one of Pitt's finest defensive units in recent memory..the Panthers finished fifth nationally in total defense, yielding just 297.67 yards per game…named to four different All-America squads at season's end, including Scout.com (first team), Sports Illustrated (second team), CollegeFootballNews.com (second team) and The Associated Press (third team)…named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com…McKillop finished with 151 total tackles, perhaps none bigger than his effort to stop West Virginia's Steve Slaton on a 4th-and-3 situation late in the fourth quarter of Pitt's 13- 9 upset of the Mountaineers…2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 18 Sol-29 TT, 2 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU, 1 QBH; Primary backup at middle linebacker...compiled a career-high 29 tackles on the season... 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 13 Sol-27 TT; In his first active collegiate season, lettered as the chief backup at middle linebacker...played in all 11 games and had 27 tackles on the season...saw his most extensive playing time at middle linebacker when Blades went down with an early injury at West Virginia...McKillop came on in relief and collected a career-high 13 stops versus the Mountaineers...2004: Redshirted as a true freshman...has two brothers, including Chris, who is a senior defensive lineman at Pitt...brother Robert was a heavyweight wrestler at Slippery Rock University.
T.J. Clemmings heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 4/110 - T.J. Clemmings, OT, 6-5, 309, Pittsburgh...This could be the best value pick on the board for Clemmings. He was rated much higher by many scouts and draft experts, but concerns about a stress fracture in his foot caused him to drop. He projects as a backup right tackle with the potential to be the swing tackle. - The Sports Xchange
Dorin Dickerson heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…Dickerson appeared in 46 games at Pittsburgh – eight at wide receiver, twelve at strong-side outside linebacker and 26 at tight end…All of his eleven career starts came at the tight end position…Recorded 63 receptions for 708 yards (11.24 ypc) as 22.64% of his catches (twelve) resulted in touchdowns…Rushed five times for 50 yards (10.0 ypc) and a score…Returned ten kickoffs for 106 yards (10.6 avg) and recorded fifteen tackles (7 solos) with 0.5 stop for minus one-yard, a QB pressure and a pass deflection…His 49 receptions in 2009 rank second on the tight end season-record chart, topped by Dave Moore (51 in 1991)…His ten touchdown catches in 2009 set the school tight end annual record and tied Greg Lee (2004) for sixth place on Pitt’s overall touchdown season-record list…Dickerson’s three touchdown catches vs. Buffalo in 2009 were the most in a game by a Pitt player since Latef Grim scored three times vs. Villanova in 1998.
Lucas Nix heading into Sr season: 2010: Started initial three games at right tackle before shifting to right guard for the Oct. 2 FIU contest…started nine contests at right guard on the year. 2009: Started all 13 games at right offensive tackle. 2008: Cited for disorderly conduct in March 2009 … Played in six games as a reserve offensive tackle. Personal: Brother, Nate, who is a senior defensive end at Pitt.
Jabaal Sheard heading into Sr season: 2010: 2010 BIG EAST CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...An AFCA All-American, Sheard has compiled 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He leads the Big East in forced fumbles (tied, 0.33 forced fumbles/game), ranks second in tackles for loss (tied, 1.21 TFLs/game) and is third in sacks (tied, 0.75 sacks/game). Nationally, he ranks fifth in forced fumbles and 21st in sacks...2009: Starting defensive end in all 13 games…had 42 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, five sacks and a team-high 12 QB hurries…2008: Started all 13 games and compiled 45 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...had team-high 11 QB hurries...also had seven PBUs...2007: Lettered as a true freshman, contributing as a reserve defensive end...played in nine games and had three tackles and two PBUs.
Nate Byham heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 13 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 19-262-13.8-1; All-Big East (first team). 2007: 11 GP; 11 GS; Rec: 14-211-15.1-1; 1 Sol-1 TT; Missed the season finale against West Virginia due to a left knee injury (sustained the week prior vs. USF). 2006: 11 GP; 1 GS; Rec: 2-34-17-1; Lettered as a true freshman, contributing as a reserve tight end…made his collegiate debut with a starting assignment vs. Virginia as Pitt opened in a two-tight end set…did not play against Michigan State.
Robb Houser heading into Sr season: 2007: JUCO...Butte College (Calif.)...Top 100 junior-college prospect…considered one of the best offensive linemen in the California JUCO ranks…joined Pitt in January with junior eligibility and will participate in spring drills…two-time All-NorCal Conference selection…all-region honoree…two-year starter on Butte’s offensive line, playing center…rated the nation’s No. 2 JUCO center prospect by Scout…helped the Roadrunners rush for nearly 2,000 yards in 11 games his final season…helped Butte to a 7-4 mark, including a 61-33 victory over Delta College in the Stockman’s Bank Bowl.
Jason Pinkston heading into rSr season: 2010: All-BIG EAST First Team (coaches)...earned his second consecutive first-team All-Big East honor...The cornerstone of Pitt’s offensive front, Pinkston made 41 career starts on Pitt’s offensive line, including 38 at left tackle. Pitt produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his three years as a starter. Pinkston was selected first team All-Big East following his junior and senior seasons. Pitt finished with an 8-5 overall record in 2010 and earned a share of the Big East championship with a 5-2 league mark...2009: SI.com and Rivals.com All-America Team (second team)...First Team All-Big East...starter at left offensive tackle in all 13 games…owns 28 career starts overall...2008: Started all 12 regular-season games at left tackle...2007: Started the first three games at right tackle before suffering a season-ending left shoulder injury at Michigan State Sept. 15...underwent surgery and received a medical redshirt...2006: Worked at defensive tackle through fall training camp before moving to offensive tackle in September...played in seven games during his true freshman campaign to letter...in addition to serving as a backup left offensive tackle, he also appeared in Pitt's "jumbo" set in short yardage situations as a fullback...also contributed on the extra-point/field goal block unit.
Dom DeCicco heading into Sr season: 2009: Starter in all 13 games at strong safety…All-Big East (second team)...had 88 tackles, three interceptions, three PBUs and a forced fumble…2008: Played in 13 games, starting 11 at strong safety...had 56 tackles and team-high four interceptions...ranked third in Big East with 0.31 INTs/game...2007: Lettered as a true freshman, playing in 10 games...majority of his action came on special teams...also served as a reserve free safety...collected six tackles on the year.
Greg Romeus heading into rSr season: 2010: Romeus, the Big East Defensive Co-Player of the Year in 2010, was hurt while rushing the quarterback during Pitt's 30-28 loss to Connecticut. He played in two games and had 7 tackles on the season...2009: Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Unanimous First Team All-Big East…Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award finalist…named to three All-America teams at season's end, including CollegeFootballNews.com (second team), Sporting News (third team) and Rivals (third team)...had 43 tackles, 11.5 TFLs and eight sacks…also had an INT, a fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and a blocked PAT…2008: All-Big East (second team) selection...started all 13 games and compiled 51 tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...had three blocked PATs (two vs. Rutgers and one vs. Bowling Green)...named Sun Bowl's Most Valuable Lineman after collecting two sacks (for 20 yards in losses) and four total tackles vs. Oregon State...2007: Named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers, CollegeFootballNews.com, The Sporting News, Rivals and Scout...played in all 12 games and compiled 41 tackles...second on the team with 11.5 TFLs...tied for second with four sacks...2006: Redshirted as a true freshman.
*Dion Lewis heading into rSo season: 2010: Lewis rushed for 2,860 yards in just two seasons at Pitt, eclipsing former standout LeSean McCoy’s school record for rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore. (McCoy had 2,816 yards from 2007-08.) Lewis ranks fourth overall on the Panthers’ career rushing list. He had 1,799 yards as a freshman en route to Big East Offensive Player of the Year, Big East Rookie of the Year and National Freshman of the Year accolades...2009: Became the first player since Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick in 1999 to earn Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season...unanimous first team All-Big East...Sporting News and CBSSports.com National Freshman of the Year...CollegeFootballNews.com Offensive Freshman of the Year...a second-team All-America pick by AP, SI.com, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and Phil Steele...unanimous Freshman All-American...finished third nationally in rushing (138.38 yards/game) and first in the Big East...on the year, rushed for 1,799 yards on 325 carries (5.5 avg.)...had 17 rushing touchdowns and 18 TDs overall...became the most productive freshman running back in both Pitt and Big East history...surpassed the legendary Tony Dorsett's 36-year-old Pitt freshman rushing record of 1,686 yards set in 1973...Lewis tied Dorsett's freshman records for 100-yard rushing games (10) and fewest games needed to reach 1,000 yards (eight)...totaled 108 points on the year, eclipsing LeSean McCoy's freshman scoring record (90 points in 2007)...capped his debut season by earning MVP honors at the Meineke Car Care Bowl after leading Pitt to a 19-17 victory over North Carolina...rushed for 159 yards and a TD on 28 carries (5.7 avg.) against the Tar Heels, which boasted the country's No. 9 defense against the run (just 92.8 yards per game) heading into the bowl.
Eric Thatcher heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 35 Sol-53 TT, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Returning starter at free safety...started all 12 games in 2007...tied for fourth on the team with 53 tackles...had one INT and a fumble recovery... 2006: 5 GP; 5 GS; 8 Sol-21 TT, 1 INT, 2 PBU; Starter at free safety the first five games of the year...suffered a season-ending left ankle fracture during practice leading up to the Oct. 7 Syracuse game...had 21 tackles on the year... 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-17 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK; Reserve at strong safety who played in all 11 games to letter...also saw special teams duty...had 17 tackles on the year... 2004: Redshirted as a true freshman.
Devin Street heading into rSr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: DALLAS COWBOYS: Round 5/146 -- Devin Street, WR, 6-3, 198, Pittsburgh...Street is a big, athletic receiver who can high point the ball. There are concerns about his speed, but he was very productive in college. He played in 49 games during his collegiate career, starting 40 and totaling 202 receptions for 2,901 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Cowboys had a third-round grade on the playmaking receiver from Pittsburgh and got him in the fifth round. He will give them insurance for outside receivers Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. He also can play inside. - The Sports Xchange
C.J. Davis heading into Sr season: 2007: A veteran building block on the offensive line…enters his fourth season as a starter at left guard…has started 30 consecutive games at that position dating back to the 2005 season…started all 12 games in 2007..2006: Starting left guard for second consecutive season...had an outstanding spring and was named a recipient of the Ed Conway Award as one of the team's most improved players...2005: Played in eight games, starting the final six contests of the year...made his first career start versus Cincinnati Oct. 8...coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Game for the Connecticut contest...Scout.com Freshman All-American (second team)...cousin of Lovett Purnell, who lettered at tight end at West Virginia from 1993-95, and went on to play for the New England Patriots (1996-98) and Baltimore Ravens (1999).
Max Gruder heading into rSr season: 2010: Started all 13 games, the first two at Sam and the final 11 at middle linebacker … had 84 tackles, one TFL assist, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception…credited with 11 tackles at Connecticut, had fumble recovery and an interception in the opening quarter at Cincinnat, Pitt converted both turnovers into touchdowns. 2009: Finished as the team's leading tackler with 91 stops in his first year as the starting Will linebacker…also had 4.5 TFLs, a sack assist, four PBUs, a fumble recovery and forced fumble…earned Pitt's Most Improved Defensive Player award…for the Meineke Car Care Bowl against North Carolina, moved to Sam linebacker in place of ailing starter Greg Williams and had a game-high 11 tackles, forced a fumble; named to Sporting News' All-Bowl Team. 2008: Played in 13 games as a reserve linebacker and special teams performer…totaled five tackles on the year…had a season-high two tackles vs. Rutgers. 2007: Redshirted.
Chas Alecxih heading into rSr season: 2010: Started all 13 games at defensive tackle…had 57 tackles, 9.0 TFLs and 7.5 sacks…had career-high three sacks vs. New Hampshire. 2009: Played in 12 games as a reserve defensive tackle…compiled 12 tackles, five TFLs, four sacks…posted career-high numbers against Syracuse with three tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble…blocked a field goal at NC State. 2008: Played in four games…had one tackle vs. Louisville. 2007: Joined team as a walk-on and redshirted. Personal: Grandfather, Peter Alecxih Sr., was a defensive tackle for Navy.
Brandon Lindsey heading into rSr season: 2010: Second team All-Big East pick led conference in tackles for loss (1.38/game) and ranked second in sacks (0.77/game)…nationally, Lindsey ranked 16th in sacks (tied) and 16th in tackles for loss…on the season he totaled 51 tackles, 17.5 TFLs, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles…stepped into prominent role at DE with injured status of Greg Romeus…had five tackles with a season-high three sacks vs. Rutgers. 2009: Played in all 13 games as a top reserve at defensive end…compiled 18 tackles, 5.5 TFLs and four sacks…had a career-high six tackles and two sacks vs. Syracuse. 2008: Played in seven games as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor … recorded no statistics. 2007: Redshirted. Personal: Father, John, played basketball at Memphis State University (1969-71)...brother, Willie, played football at Northwestern (1989-92).
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