Here is a piece on the Top 6 Safeties in the ACC. Don’t worry, there is no undue pressure of any of ours because no one on Pitt made the list.
This article (lower on the page) however makes me sit up and take notice. It lists the best Running Backs we square off against in ’18. I believe we really need to worry about Miles Sanders when we play PSU at Heinz and wouldn’t that be a kick in the ass after the hard push Narduzzi did to get him to Pitt. Coming out of HS he was the nation’s #1 RB and was right in our backyard at Woodland Hills HS.
Plus when the hell is 10th year SR Trace McSorley going to leave PSU? He’s chewed us up over the last two games to the tune of 39/63 (62%) for 496 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs… but his 12.7 yards per completion is the killer.
I also worry about UCF’s Adrian Killins ripping us up. He’s an awesome breakaway threat and I don’t think our LBs will be good enough or fast enough to limit his yards. He averaged 6.25 ypc last season. Just when you look at UCF and see they lost their HC and QB you think that’s going in our favor…but this kid’s still there.
In 13 games, Adrian Killins rushed 122 times for 790 yards and 10 touchdowns Killins also caught 25 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown. Killins rushed for 110-plus yards in games against SMU (Week 10), Navy (Week 8) and Memphis (Week 5). His season-high in rushing yards was against SMU where he carried the football 14 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns
Wow – look at all the great HCs UCF has had in their time as a D1 football program… Lou Saban along with these guys. Honestly I don’t think the Golden Knights are going to miss a beat with Heupel at the helm as he’s very offensive minded.
- 1.1Early history (1979–1984)
- 1.2Gene McDowell era (1985–1997)
- 1.3Mike Kruczek era (1998–2003)
- 1.4George O’Leary era (2004–2015)
- 1.5Scott Frost era (2016–2017)
- 1.6Josh Heupel era (2018–present)
Watch this film of Killins and tell me who he reminds you of as a Pitt fan.
Jump down to the Top 5 WRs we’ll face and another PSU name pops up – Juwan Johnson:
Juwan Johnson caught 54 passes for 701 yards and one touchdown in 13 games for Penn State last season. He reached a season-high of seven catches against Iowa in Week four for 92 yards and one touchdown. Against Pitt, Johnson only caught one pass for four yards. Johnson topped over 100 yards in receiving against Nebraska in Week 12. Johnson was named to the All-Big Ten Football team on offense as an honorable mention selection at the wide receiver position.
Watch out for NC’s Anthony Radcliff-Williams also. If you remember he did this to us last season in one of our home games after he converted from QB to WR in his 2nd year with the Tarheels:
The North Carolina wide receiver returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, threw for another on a trick play and hauled in the eventual go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels ended a six-game losing streak with a 34-31 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Here’s a reach of an article from the P-G a couple of days ago about the best recruit we have committed to the 2019 class so far:
After wrapping up the 2018 class in early February, Pitt football landed its first 2019 recruit Sunday evening, the first one to “turn on the lights” since that slogan emerged in March with a “1” and “9” standing in for the “I” and “G.”
Put aside the fact that it was the latest start to a recruiting class since Pat Narduzzi arrived four years ago; actually, it’s the latest start Pitt has gotten since at least 2004, which is as far back as the Rivals.com database goes in keeping track of commitment dates.
But you knew someone, eventually, would have to be the first. Not that college football classes are often “built” around a single prospect, but when Miami linebacker Leslie Smith gave his verbal pledge to Narduzzi over the weekend, he became the temporary face of Pitt’s 2019 recruiting efforts.
If you want more info about the late start to this class then Chris Peak just did an excellent job of enlightening on his weekly Monday Podcast found here (behind a pay wall I believe). BTW – he does two of these a week and they are all great to listen to – I disagree with some of what Peak says but it’s always fun to listen to. Here is the link for all of them for this year.
For those Pitt fans who use our schedule to make excuses for losing games here is an article about just that – our hard schedule for 2018. I know we have an ongoing debate about this subject but whatever… However, in 2016 we had the 5th hardest schedule in the nation and won 8 games. How did we pull that off? The lineup was full of Paul Chryst recruits on offense – that’s how. The farther we get from that…well we saw the results last year.
No doubt we hard a hard road ahead this year but that’s what I like. hey – if we played nothing but creampuffs we wouldn’t have the great win over PSU, would we? that’s one of the three bright spot games in Narduzzi’s career here so far. Win one or two of those this year and who knows the effect that will have on the rest of the schedule.
For all who live down here in the DelMarVa area here is your chance to meet Pitt legend Aaron Donald. Jay91 works for this company and while this may seem like a plug (maybe it is just a little) i put it up for Pitt fans to have so they can meet Donald and get his stuff if they want. Here ar the specifics:
Aaron Donald – Memorabilia Day on July 14, 2018 at the Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA. Also, it won’t just be Aaron Donald there but all the athlete’s this company has under contract.
I’ve had a few conversation with Donald on the sidelines of practices and he’s a great guy all-around.
Here are a couple more Golf Outing photos that I