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2017 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

The 2017 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers were led by third-year head coach Pat Narduzzi and played their home games at Heinz Field. They were a member of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This was Pitt's fifth season as a member of the ACC. They finished the season 5–7, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place.

2017 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
2017 record5–7 (3–5 ACC)
Head coachPat Narduzzi (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorShawn Watson (1st season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorJosh Conklin (3rd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumHeinz Field
(Capacity: 68,400)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 4 Clemson xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 23 NC State   6 2         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Louisville   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Miami xy   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Virginia Tech   5 3         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         5 6  
Duke   3 5         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   3 5         6 7  
North Carolina   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Miami 3
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Panthers finished the 2016 season 8–5, 5–3 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the Coastal Division. The Panthers received an invite to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium where they lost to Northwestern 31–24.[1][2]

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

RecruitsEdit

The Panthers signed a total of 24 recruits.

Coaching staffEdit

2017 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Pat Narduzzi – Head Coach
  • Shawn Watson – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Josh Conklin – Defensive Coordinator
  • Andre Powell – Running Backs/Special Teams
  • Charlie Partridge – Defensive Line
  • John Peterson – Offensive Line
  • Renaldo Hill – Cornerbacks
  • Tim Salem – Tight Ends
  • Kevin Sherman – Wide Receivers
  • Rob Harley – Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala – Associate Athletic Director/Football Operations
  • Bob Junko – Director of Player Development and High School Relations
  • Ben Mathers – Director of Football Operations
  • Mark Diethorn – Director of Recruiting
  • Ben Cotton – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Joshua Lott – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • Rob Greene – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Phil DeCapito – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Dave Andrews – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Freddie Walker – Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Austin Addington-Strapp – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

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RosterEdit

2017 Pittsburgh Panthers football roster

Quarterbacks

  •  3 Ben DiNucci -   Sophomore (6'2, 220)
  •  4 Max Browne -   Senior (6'5, 230)
  •  7 Thomas MacVittie -   Freshman (6'5, 225)
  •  8 Kenny Pickett - Freshman (6'2, 215)
  • 19 Jake Zilinskas - Sophomore (6'2, 210)

Tailbacks

  • 21 A.J. Davis - Freshman (6'0, 205)
  • 22 Darrin Hall - Junior (5'11, 220)
  • 23 Todd Sibley Jr. - Freshman (5'9, 215)
  • 26 Chawntez Moss - Sophomore (5'11, 210)
  • 36 Shawn Wood -   Freshman (6'0, 210)
  • 37 Qadree Ollison -   Junior (6'2, 230)
  • 39 Kyle Vreen -   Freshman (5'10, 190)

Fullbacks

  • 35 George Aston -   Junior (6'0, 245)
  • 40 Colton Lively -   Senior (6'0, 235)
  • 47 Ryan Sliwoski - Junior (5'11, 230)
  • 49 Erik Sellers -   Sophomore (6'1, 235)

Wide Receivers

  •  5 Tre Tipton -   Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  •  6 Aaron Mathews - Sophomore (6'4, 205)
  •  9 Michael Smith - Freshman (6'1, 205)
  • 10 Quadree Henderson - Junior (5'8, 190)
  • 11 Ruben Flowers III -   Freshman (6'3, 205)
  • 34 Mark Bernsdorff - Senior (5’11, 195)
  • 46 Michael Vardzel -   Freshman (5'11, 190)
  • 48 Kellen McAlone -   Junior (6'2, 205)
  • 80 Dontavius Butler-Jenkins - Freshman (6'0, 205)
  • 82 Rafael Araujo-Lopes -   Junior (5'9, 190)
  • 83 Darian Street - Freshman (6'1, 180)
  • 84 Garrett Bickhart - Freshman (6'5, 190)
  • 85 Jester Weah -   Senior (6'3, 210)

Tight Ends

  • 19 Charles Reeves Jr. - Freshman (6'5, 280)
  • 45 Devon Edwards -   Senior (6'4, 275)
  • 81 Nathan Bossory - Senior (6'3, 240)
  • 84 Grant Carrigan - Freshman (6'7, 275)
  • 86 Tyler Sear - Freshman (6'4, 245)
  • 87 Chris Clark -   Sophomore (6'6, 260)
  • 88 Matt Flanagan -   Senior (6'6, 260)
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 54 Justin Morgan -   Freshman (6’6, 350)
  • 55 Jaryd Jones-Smith -   Senior (6’7, 320)
  • 56 Brandon Ford -   Freshman (6’5, 310)
  • 57 Gabe Houy - Freshman (6'6, 280)
  • 58 Brandon Hodges -   Senior (6’4, 315)
  • 60 Owen Drexel - Freshman (6'3, 270)
  • 63 Alex Officer -   Senior (6’4, 340)
  • 67 Jimmy Morrissey -   Freshman (6’3, 295)
  • 68 Brian Burgess - Freshman (6’2, 295)
  • 69 Kenny Rainey III - Freshman (6'3, 330)
  • 70 Brian O'Neill -   Junior (6’6, 305)
  • 71 Bryce Hargrove -   Freshman (6’4, 310)
  • 72 Tony Pilato -   Sophomore (6’5, 320)
  • 74 Jerry Drake Jr. - Freshman (6’5, 315)
  • 76 Connor Dintino -   Junior (6’3, 315)
  • 77 Carter Warren - Freshman (6'5, 325)
  • 78 Alex Bookser -   Junior (6’6, 315)

Defensive Linemen

  •  5 Kam Carter -   Sophomore (6'4, 295)
  •  8 Dewayne Hendrix -   Junior (6’4, 260)
  • 10 Keyshon Camp -   Freshman (6’4, 290)
  • 17 Rashad Weaver -   Freshman (6’5, 265)
  • 31 Kaezon Pugh -   Freshman (6’1, 250)
  • 34 Amir Watts - Sophomore (6’3, 285)
  • 40 James Folston Jr. -   Junior (6’4, 250)
  • 51 Jim Medure -   Sophomore (6’2, 225)
  • 55 Jaylen Twyman - Freshman (6'2, 315)
  • 59 Carson van Lynn - Freshman (6'5, 255)
  • 66 Mike Herndon -   Junior (6’4, 310)
  • 86 Julian Desire' -   Freshman (6’3, 215)
  • 90 Rashad Wheeler -   Freshman (6’3, 290)
  • 91 Patrick Jones II -   Freshman (6’5, 245)
  • 93 Shane Roy -   Junior (6’4, 280)
  • 95 Greg Sizemore - Freshman (6'1, 230)
  • 96 Allen Edwards -   Senior (6’4, 255)
  • 97 Deslin Alexandre - Freshman (6'4, 255)

Punters

  • 18 Ryan Winslow -   Senior (6'6, 225)
  • 98 Kirk Christodoulou - Freshman (6'1, 215)
 

Linebackers

  • 23 Oluwaseun Idowu -   Junior (6’0, 225)
  • 25 Elijah Zeise -   Junior (6’2, 230)
  • 28 Anthony McKee Jr. -   Sophomore (6’2, 215)
  • 30 Albert Tucker - Freshman (6'1, 210)
  • 36 Chase Pine -   Freshman (6’2, 240)
  • 38 Cam Bright - Freshman (6'0, 210)
  • 39 Saleem Brightwell -   Sophomore (6’0, 220)
  • 41 Jalen Williams -   Junior (6’2, 215)
  • 44 Elias Reynolds -   Freshman (6’2, 235)
  • 47 Kyle Nunn - Freshman (6'3, 200)
  • 48 Peyton Deri -   Freshman (6’1, 225)
  • 53 Brian Popp -   Junior (6'0, 235)
  • 58 Quintin Wirginis - Senior (6'2, 245)

Defensive Backs

  •  2 Maurice Ffrench - Sophomore (5'11, 190) (+WR)
  •  3 Damar Hamlin - Sophomore (6’1, 190)
  •  4 Therran Coleman -   Freshman (6’0, 195)
  •  7 Henry Miller -   Freshman (6’3, 205)
  •  9 Jordan Whitehead - Junior (5’11, 195)
  • 11 Dane Jackson -   Sophomore (6’0, 180)
  • 12 Paris Ford - Freshman (6'0, 175)
  • 14 Avonte Maddox - Senior (5’9, 180)
  • 15 Jason Pinnock - Freshman (6'0, 190)
  • 16 Damarri Mathis - Freshman (5'11, 185)
  • 20 Dennis Briggs -   Junior (5’10, 195)
  • 21 Malik Henderson -   Sophomore (6’0, 190)
  • 22 Kollin Smith - Freshman (5'10, 170)
  • 24 Phil Campbell -   Freshman (6’1, 195)
  • 27 Bricen Garner -   Freshman (6’1, 180)
  • 32 Phillipie Motley -   Junior (5’10, 175)
  • 35 Rob Boatright -   Senior (5’10, 190)
  • 43 Jazzee Stocker -   Sophomore (6’2, 190)
  • 46 Rimoni Dorsey -   Sophomore (6’0, 195)

Placekickers

  • 49 Ian Troost - Junior (6'6, 200)
  • 92 Jake Scarton - Freshman (6'3, 180)
  • 97 Alex Kessman -   Freshman (6'3, 190)

Long Snappers

  • 61 Cal Adomitis - Freshman (6'1, 210)

ScheduleEdit

The Panthers schedule was released on January 24, 2017.[4][5]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 21:00 p.m.No. 9 (FCS) Youngstown State*ACCN ExtraW 28–21 OT40,012
September 93:30 p.m.at No. 4 Penn State*ABCL 14–33109,898
September 1612:00 p.m.No. 9 Oklahoma State*
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ESPNL 21–5938,952
September 2312:20 p.m.at Georgia TechACCNL 17–3540,211
September 3012:00 p.m.Rice*
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ACCRSNW 42–1033,051
October 712:30 p.m.at SyracuseACCRSNL 24–2733,290
October 1412:00 p.m.No. 20 NC State 
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ACCRSNL 17–3541,124
October 2112:20 p.m.at DukeACCNW 24–1721,621
October 2812:30 p.m.Virginia
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ACCRSNW 31–1430,889
November 97:30 p.m.North Carolina
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ESPNL 31–3434,056
November 1812:20 p.m.at Virginia TechACCNL 14–2058,948
November 2412:00 p.m.No. 2 Miami (FL)
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ABCW 24–1435,978
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

Youngstown StateEdit

Youngstown State at Pittsburgh
1 234OTTotal
No. 9 (FCS) Penguins 0 07140 21
Panthers 14 7007 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2015 W, 45–37

at Penn StateEdit

Pittsburgh at Penn State
1 234Total
Panthers 0 338 14
No. 4 Nittany Lions 14 0712 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
43–50–4 2016 W, 42–39

Oklahoma StateEdit

Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
No. 9 Cowboys 21 2873 59
Panthers 0 1470 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2016 L, 38–45

at Georgia TechEdit

Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Panthers 7 1000 17
Yellow Jackets 7 1477 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–4 2016 W, 37–34

RiceEdit

Rice at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Owls 0 0100 10
Panthers 21 7014 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 1951 L, 13–21

at SyracuseEdit

Pittsburgh at Syracuse
1 234Total
Panthers 0 10311 24
Orange 3 7107 27
  • Date: October 7
  • Location:
    Carrier Dome
    Syracuse, NY
  • Game start: 12:34 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 33,290
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Referee: Tra Blake
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN):
    Play-by-Play: Wes Durham
    Analyst: James Bates
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–30–3 2016 W, 76–61

NC StateEdit

NC State at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
No. 20 Wolfpack 14 0714 35
Panthers 7 703 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3–1 2009 L, 31–38

at DukeEdit

Pittsburgh at Duke
1 234Total
Panthers 7 0710 24
Blue Devils 0 3140 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–9 2016 W, 56–14

VirginiaEdit

Virginia at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Cavaliers 0 707 14
Panthers 7 1473 31
  • Date: October 28
  • Location:
    Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Game start: 12:34 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 30,889
  • Game weather: 55°F • S 7 • Light Rain
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN):
    Play-by-Play: Wes Durham
    Analyst: James Bates
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–3 2016 W, 45–31

North CarolinaEdit

North Carolina at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Tar Heels 14 1037 34
Panthers 3 1477 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–8 2016 L, 36–37

at Virginia TechEdit

Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech
1 234Total
Panthers 7 007 14
Hokies 7 3010 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–9 2016 L, 36–39

Miami (FL)Edit

Miami (FL) at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
No. 2 Hurricanes 0 707 14
Panthers 3 777 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–25–1 2016 L, 28–51

2018 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Brian O'Neill Offensive Tackle 2 62 Minnesota Vikings
Jordan Whitehead Safety 4 117 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Avonte Maddox Cornerback 4 125 Philadelphia Eagles

ReferencesEdit