…. but it’s a good one.
Every so often I go on the Pitt football message boards and take a look at what the posters on there are talking about. Actually, that is how Ike and I got to know each other so long ago.
When I started writing for The Pitt Blather I cut down on the boards until I wasn’t visiting them at all. However as I said I still go on maybe twice a month to see what’s up.
Yesterday I did this and ran across a post that really caught my eye and one I think you all will enjoy talking about.
On Rivals.com’s Panther-Lair’s pay site (subscription) message board “Between Fifth and Forbes” (the best board by far) a poster calling himself Swervin27 posted this topic:
In essence he is asking the other posters who they consider an unheralded Pitt player who contributed more than the media talked about. Swervin27 also asked that the superstars be left out as they obviously were not “under the radar”.
Some of the answers were spot on and I’m sure you can think of a bunch yourselves… tell us who and then please explain why you feel that player meets this criteria.
I’ll start. Back when I was on campus in 1973 Pitt had a bruising fullback named Dave Janasek who was built low to the ground and had some surprising speed. Of course he was the FB in front of Tony Dorsett for two years before Elliott Walker came on the scene.
Janasek’s numbers were pretty good considering the stable of RB’s we had on the team back then also.
For a FB to get 65 carries in a season was pretty much as active as they could get – but we also have to remember that the college game truly was different back then. It was much more lower scoring and the FB was used on offense by almost every school.
I remember watching Janasek- it was truly hard to take your eyes off Dorsett when he had the ball – and thinking that Dorsett had better remain friends with him because Janasek was saving Dorsett’s life out there with his great blocking.
Here is an excerpt from a book by Sam Scullio; Tales From the Pitt Panthers, regarding Janasek and Dorsett’s relationship:
OK readers – who, what and when are your Under the Radar players…