Pitt’s 2021 Spring Game Recap

Good afternoon,

See attached for stats from today’s Pitt Blue-Gold Spring Game presented by PNC Bank that finished Gold 30, Blue 0 at Heinz Field.

Photos for media from the game can be accessed and downloaded at this link:

https://pitt.box.com/s/3vm20by1xmz7hxkuuqsvggcd70w6ccbz

Video of the postgame press conference is available at this link:

https://pitt.box.com/s/bn7enoese5bmphf7v4zq9x1d404wydiz

The postgame press conference included sessions with the following members of the Pitt football program:

·        Head Coach Pat Narduzzi

·        LB #24 Phil Campbell II (Gold Team captain)

·        TE #7 Lucas Krull (Gold Team Captain)

·        LB #0 John Petrishen (Blue Team, Conway Award winner)

·        RB #2 Israel Abanikanda (Blue Team, Conway Award winner)

Post-Gazette:

https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2021/04/24/Pitt-football-Blue-Gold-spring-game-takeaways-Israel-Abanikanda-Davis-Beville-Joey-Yellen-Nick-Patti-MJ-Devonshire-Ben-Sauls/stories/202104240044

Trib: Not Spring Game but interesting:

https://triblive.com/sports/pitts-izzy-abanikanda-john-petrishen-named-conway-award-winners-as-most-improved-players-in-spring-drills/

PGH Sports Now website:

https://pittsburghsportsnow.com/2021/04/24/beville-patti-lead-gold-to-30-0-rout-in-pitt-spring-game/

https://pittsburghsportsnow.com/2021/04/24/postgame-reaction-from-the-2021-pitt-blue-gold-game/

Pitt’s Sports Page:

https://pittsburghpanthers.com/news/2021/4/24/football-gold-shuts-out-blue-in-pitt-spring-game-30-0.aspx

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh football program hosted 5,000 fans on Saturday at Heinz Field for the 2021 Pitt Blue-Gold Spring Game presented by PNC Bank – and spectators witnessed a dominating performance by the Gold Team.

Gold shut out Blue, 30-0, with a comprehensive performance on both sides of the ball. The teams were selected by team captains earlier in the week in a draft-by-position format.

Gold Team captain Lucas Krull scored the first touchdown of the game on a 26-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Nick Patti, and they never looked back.

Also scoring for Gold, Jared Wayne caught a 25-yard TD from Davis Beville, who scored on a 1-yard rush as well. Todd Sibley Jr. completed the scoring for the victors.

Gold’s defense preserved the shutout thanks to two turnovers, with Dayon Hayes recovering a fumble and A.J. Woods hauling in a diving interception.

Pitt’s returning starting quarterback Kenny Pickett, one of the Blue Team captains, played just three snaps before exiting the game in a planned move.

Blue Team was sparked by running back Israel Abanikanda, who produced a game-high 77 rushing yards, including an electric 42-yard burst around the outside.

After the game, head coach Pat Narduzzi, the Gold Team’s winning captains – tight end Lucas Krull and linebacker Phil Campbell III – and Pitt’s Ed Conway Award winners as the most improved players of spring drills – running back Israel Abanikanda and linebacker John Petrishen – each met with the media.

Pitt begins its 2021 regular season at home against Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Heinz Field.”