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10/07/17 - (QB) - Max Browne, rSr, 6-4, 230
QB Max Browne exited the game with an injury midway through the third quarter. Browne, who entered the game ranked 10th in the nation in completion percentage (71.7), completed 15 of 22 passes for 161 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He left the game with the Panthers trailing 17-13.

10/02/17 - (QB) - Max Browne, rSr, 6-4, 230
OCT 2 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Max Browne, Pitt, Sr., QB, 6-5, 230, Sammamish, Wash.,...Browne had the finest game of his collegiate career – and one of the most prolific passing outings in Pitt history – in the Panthers' 42-10 victory over Rice. Browne connected on 88 percent of his passes (28 of 32) for 410 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. His incompletion total included three dropped passes. Browne was 14-of-16 for 247 yards in the first half alone. Browne's final passing yardage total was the highest by a Pitt player since Tom Savage threw for 424 yards at Duke on Sept. 21, 2013. Additionally, Browne's 28 completions were the most at Pitt since Savage also completed 28 passes at Syracuse on Nov. 23, 2013. Browne is one of only nine players in Pitt football history to throw for more than 400 yards in a single game, and Saturday's 410 passing yards rank eighth all-time in school history. - ACC Football

09/30/17 - (QB) - Max Browne, rSr, 6-4, 230
Senior quarterback Max Browne threw for career highs of 410 yards and four touchdowns as host Pittsburgh reached the end zone on its first three possessions en route to a 42-10 victory over Rice on Saturday at Heinz Field. The Panthers (2-3) outgained the Owls 320-60 in the first half and 479-277 overall in snapping a three-game losing streak. Browne was 14 of 16 for 247 yards and two touchdowns prior to intermission. He finished 28 of 32. Running back Chawntez Moss recorded two touchdowns -- one rushing and one receiving -- for Pitt. Rice sophomore quarterback Jackson Tyner was 15 of 32 for 222 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. The Owls (1-4) entered the game 118th nationally in total offense among the 129 FBS teams at 292 yards per game. The Panthers raced to a 21-0 lead after one quarter, outgaining Rice 201-34 in the period. - The Sports Xchange

09/27/17 - (QB) - Max Browne, rSr, 6-4, 230
QB Max Browne seemingly has lost the starting quarterback job to ben DiNucci. Browne played the final two drives for Pitt on Saturday and was 10 of 15 for 88 yards.

09/25/17 - (WR) - *Quadree Henderson, Jr, 5-08, 190
SEPT 25 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Quadree Henderson, Pitt, Jr., KR, 5-8, 190, Wilmington, Del.,...All-purpose standout Quadree Henderson had a dazzling 80-yard punt return touchdown at Georgia Tech, Pitt's longest punt return in 24 years. It marked Henderson's second career punt-return touchdown and his sixth return for a score overall. Henderson is the first Pitt player to have multiple punt return touchdowns during his career since Darrelle Revis accomplished the feat over the 2005-06 seasons. With six total kick return touchdowns, Henderson is within striking distance of the NCAA record of eight held by nine different players (including former ACC and Clemson standout C.J. Spiller). Henderson totaled 208 all-purpose yards against Georgia Tech, with 202 coming on returns. - ACC Football

09/18/17 - (QB) - Max Browne, rSr, 6-4, 230
Three weeks into the season, Pitt remains a mystery. At least to its head coach. Pat Narduzzi isn't sure who his quarterback is or how the Panthers as a whole will react after getting drilled 59-21 by Oklahoma State last weekend. "It's hard to tell where they are," Narduzzi said Monday. "We'll find out Saturday (against Georgia Tech) where they are. It's hard to read sometimes." The quarterback situation included. There is "or" between Max Browne and Ben DiNucci's names on this week's depth chart and Narduzzi is in no rush to make a decision as Pitt (1-2) opens Atlantic Coast Conference play on the road against the Yellow Jackets (1-1).

Browne was pulled in the first half against Oklahoma State, completing 7 of 10 passes for 60 yards and failing to guide a touchdown drive for the second straight game. DiNucci passed for 228 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions after coming on in relief. DiNucci's mobility gives opponents a dimension Browne doesn't offer. Yet DiNucci can also be sloppy with the ball. He fumbled late in a loss to Penn State before a pair of picks against the Cowboys with Pitt in full-on desperation mode. "We're going to continue to evaluate," Narduzzi said. "Both do some good things on tape. Ben sparked with his feet and running the ball. Max does the same thing in the passing game." - AP College Football

09/16/17 - (QB) - Max Browne, rSr, 6-4, 230
Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Max Browne went 7 of 10 for just 60 yards vs.Oklahoma State before being removed in favor of Ben DiNucci in the second quarter. DiNucci lead the team's two scoring drives, capping one with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Rafael Araujo-Lopes. But DiNucci also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Justin Phillips. DiNucci finished 13 of 25 for 228 yards. Chawntez Moss scored on a 5-yard rush and was Pitt's leading rusher with 36 yards on 12 carries. The Pitt running game was mostly bottled up, with starter Qadree Ollison held to six yards on seven carries. The Panthers' other score came when freshman cornerback Jason Pinnock fell on the ball in the end zone after Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor fumbled a snap. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/17 - (QB) - Max Browne, rSr, 6-4, 230
USC transfer Max Browne completed an 11-yard scoring strike to Jester Weah in the first overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Panthers to a 28-21 win over Youngstown State on Saturday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Panthers sealed the win when defensive back Bricen Garner intercepted Youngstown State quarterback Hunter Wells' in the end zone on the Penguins' first possession in overtime. Kicker Alex Kessman, who earlier in the fourth quarter missed a 28-yard field goal attempt, missed another 28-yard attempt as time expired that would have given Pitt the win. Browne atoned for a costly fourth-quarter fumble that allowed the Penguins to tie the game by completing both pass attempts in overtime. In his first game for Pitt, Browne was an economical 17 of 24 for 140 yards and the lone touchdown. Wells, who started nine games last season and led the Penguins into the FCS championship game, finished 18-for-32 for 311 yards, two touchdowns and the one interception. The first half belonged to the Panthers. The final 30 minutes was all Penguins. Running back Qadree Ollison capped an 11-play, 71-yard drive with a six-yard scamper to put Pitt up 7-0 in the first quarter. On the Panthers' next possession, Ollison scored from five yards out to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/17 - (WR) - *Quadree Henderson, Jr, 5-08, 190
WR/KR Quadree Henderson was one of the nation's most dominant players with the ball in his hands a year ago. A consensus All-American at kick returner, Henderson also had 630 yards rushing and 286 yards receiving. Now a junior, Henderson is expected to be asked to do a lot more down-the-field pass catching than he has in the past.

08/14/17 - (RB) - Qadree Ollison, rJr, 6-1, 230
RB Qadree Ollison will attempt to hold off a deep group at the running back position in an effort to replace James Conner, who moved to the other side of the building shared by the Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ollison rushed for 1,121 yards when Conner was sidelined with a knee injury in 2015, but talented young backs A.J. Davis, Darrin Hall, Chawntez Moss and Todd Sibley will challenge for playing time.

08/14/17 - (FB) - George Aston, rJr, 6-0, 245
FB George Aston is expected to miss considerable time with an undisclosed injury. Aston scored 10 touchdowns in 2016. Instead replacing Aston directly, QB Max Browne said the offense is utilizing more tight ends and three-receiver sets.

08/14/17 - (OG) - Alex Bookser, rJr, 6-5, 315
RG Alex Bookser will serve a one-game suspension for an off-the field incident in which he was arrested and charged with DUI in March. Bookser started all 13 games at right guard in 2016.

08/14/17 - (DB) - Paris Ford, , 6-0, 172
DB Paris Ford, a four-star recruit, had yet to be cleared academically as of the start of the third week of camp. Ford was expected to compete for a starting job at one of the safety spots, but his lengthy absence brings into question whether he'll play this season, even if he is eligible.

08/14/17 - (OG) - Brandon Hodges, rSr, 6-4, 297
OL Brandon Hodges came from the University of Texas as a graduate transfer at the last minute, joining the team a week into training camp. The former junior college star started eight games for the Longhorns last year and could be an immediate upgrade to the depth on Pitt's offensive line. Hodges is starting out at right tackle, competing with senior Jaryd Jones-Smith, who has worked back from a catastrophic knee injury in 2015.

08/14/17 - (DE) - Dewayne Hendrix, rJr, 6-3, 260
DE Dwayne Hendrix, a transfer from Tennessee before the 2015 season, spent an entire year getting rave reviews as a defensive lineman with a mean streak on Pitt's scout team. He seemed poise for a starting role and breakout season in 2016, but was lost for the season to an injury in the opener against Villanova. A healthy Hendrix would go a long way to replacing the production of graduated end Ejuan Price, who finished third in the ACC with 13 sacks a year ago.

08/14/17 - (OT) - *Brian ONeill, rJr, 6-7, 298
OT Brian O'Neill made headlines a season ago for doing some very unlineman-like things. The 300-pounder scored two touchdowns, one on a screen pass and the other on a reverse handoff. But this season, the converted tight end will shift from right tackle to left tackle and while there's still a chance for some chicanery, the serious task of protecting Max Browne's blind side will be his primary duty.

07/31/17 - (FS) - *Jordan Whitehead, Jr, 5-10, 195
Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi on Friday dismissed defensive end Rori Blair and suspended offensive tackle Alex Bookser, linebacker Quintin Wirginis and safety Jordan Whitehead for rules violations, less than a week before the team begins fall practice. Narduzzi said Blair, a senior, was kicked off the team for "conduct detrimental to the program." Blair collected 3˝ sacks last season for the Panthers. Whitehead and Wirginis will sit out Pitt's first three games for a violation of team policy. Bookser will miss the Sept. 2 opener against Youngstown State after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in May.

Wirginis picked up four sacks as a reserve while Whitehead collected 65 tackles on defense and added 98 yards rushing on offense while being named second-team All-ACC as a sophomore in 2016. Whitehead and Wirginis will miss the opener against Youngstown, a trip to rival Penn State on Sept. 9 and a visit by Oklahoma State on Sept. 16. They will be eligible to return for Pitt's ACC opener against Georgia Tech on Sept. 23. Narduzzi called the disciplinary actions "highly disappointing situations." - AP College Football

07/11/17 - (WR) - *Quadree Henderson, Jr, 5-08, 190
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: AP Quadree Henderson, Pitt,...Henderson, a wide receiver and return specialist for the Panthers, earned his place on the 2017 Maxwell Award watch list as an all-purpose player. Last fall, he became the second Pitt player to top 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season, joining Pitt Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett, who accomplished the feat in 1976. The dynamic Delaware native was a consensus All-American in 2016, making him the first Panther to receive that distinction as a return man. Henderson's standout sophomore season concluded with 2,083 all-purpose yards coming via a Pitt-record 914 kickoff return yards, 631 rushing yards, 286 receiving yards and 252 punt return yards. - Pitt Football

07/10/17 - (FS) - *Jordan Whitehead, Jr, 5-10, 195
2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: S Jordan Whitehead, Pitt,...Whitehead, a native of Aliquippa, Pa., and Central Valley graduate, earned a place on the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award for the second consecutive year. A two-time All-ACC safety, Whitehead accumulated 174 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 10 passes defended, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Whitehead has tallied a defensive touchdown in each of his seasons with the Panthers—a 22-yard fumble return against Navy in the 2015 Military Bowl and a 59-yard interception return that keyed Pitt's win at Virginia last year. Whitehead has also been utilized on offense, rushing for 220 yards on 21 carries for an average of 10.5 yards per attempt. - Pitt Football

04/25/17 - (QB) - Max Browne, rSr, 6-4, 230
Max Browne didn't uproot himself and travel halfway across the country to spend his one season in Pittsburgh as the backup quarterback. It's why the USC graduate transfer headed from sunny Los Angeles to wintry Pittsburgh in January, eager to get a jump start on his last best shot at reviving a career that never bloomed with the Trojans. Three months into his new gig, plenty of work remains to be done. Browne salvaged an admittedly "bleh" afternoon with a late scoring drive during Pitt's spring game on Saturday. His late 27-yard touchdown pass to Tre Tipton was hardly a thing of beauty - it sailed over the wrong shoulder and forced Tipton to make a diving, twisting grab in the end zone. Still, Tipton caught it. Hey, it's a start. "That's a big time drive, that's the explosion you like to see," Browne said.

Browne just would have liked to see a little bit more of it. He finished 13 of 28 for 144 yards and the one score during an afternoon in which he was simultaneously the old guy and the new guy. Spring drills began with Browne making what he called "rookie" mistakes, particularly when it came to going through the pre-snap sequence. Yet over the course of 15 practices he felt he built momentum heading into camp. "I got that (pre-snap) part down and was just playing good ball after that, which is huge and why I came in here," Browne said. In a way, Browne is on level footing with sophomore Ben DiNucci, redshirt freshman Thomas MacVittie and true freshman Kenny Pickett, all of whom are trying to learn first-year offensive coordinator Shawn Watson's system on the fly. - AP Sports

01/25/17 - (QB) - Nathan Peterman, rSr, 6-2, 226
2017 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY: Several other pass-catchers on the North squad had flashy moments, though inconsistency from the quarterbacks made it difficult for any of them to achieve the same kind of consistency as Kupp. Pittsburgh's Nate Peterman was the most accurate of the bunch but he does not possess ideal velocity. C.J. Beathard has the quickest delivery but sprayed passes, forcing receivers to make tough adjustments and too often opted for check-downs. Colorado's Sefo Liufau is the most physically impressive quarterback on the North roster at 6-foot-3 and 3/8 and 240 pounds but he will occasionally air-mail passes high over the heads of his receivers and struggled when the pocket collapsed around, dumping off short (and too often inaccurate) passes to teammates in part because quarterbacks were being asked not to scramble during these drills -- which is one of Liafau's relative strengths. - Rob Rang & Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/17 - (QB) - Max Browne, rSr, 6-4, 230
Max Browne spent four years at Southern California constantly competing for the starting quarterback job, with mixed results at best. The big-armed 21-year-old will get one last shot 2,500 miles away. Sure, it's not quite the way Browne expected his college career to go. Yet standing inside the Pittsburgh complex on Friday wearing a blue polo shirt - a decided departure from USC's cardinal and gold - Browne was hardly complaining. He'll spend the next year working on his master's degree in customer insights and trying to win with coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers. There are worse fates. A lot worse. "I know I can play at a high level," Browne said. "I know if I can do and do that here, I'll be just fine."

Something that never quite happened with the Trojans. He spent two seasons backing up Cody Kessler then finally earned the shot he'd waited for when he rose to the top of the depth chart for the Trojans. His stay didn't last long. Facing a brutal stretch that included an opener against No. 1 Alabama and a visit to Stanford, Browne's grasp on the starting gig lasted all of three games before coach Clay Helton gave the ball to freshman Sam Darnold, last seen rallying the Trojans past Penn State in the Rose Bowl at the same time Browne was headed across the country to start the next chapter of his life. "It was a tough first three games," said Browne, who completed 58 of 93 passes for 507 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in 2016. "Played some great opponents. But that's the product of SC in general. You've always got someone behind you. Went out there, did what I felt I could. Things didn't work out. It is what it is. Happy to be here." - AP Sports

12/26/16 - (K) - Chris Blewitt, Sr, 5-09, 183
2016 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (7 OR MORE VOTES/COACHES): PK Chris Blewitt, Sr., Pitt (8),...Blewitt (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) became Pitt’s all-time leader in kick scoring (357) and field goals (54) this season. He is Pitt’s second-leading overall scorer this season with 90 points (9-of-15 field goals and 63-of-66 PATs). His dramatic 48-yard field goal with six seconds left provided the winning points in Pitt’s 43-42 upset of No. 2 Clemson earlier this month. - Pittsburgh Football

12/26/16 - (OG) - Alex Bookser, rJr, 6-5, 315
2016 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (7 OR MORE VOTES/COACHES): G Alex Bookser, So.-R, Pitt (7),...Henderson also received Honorable Mention as a wide receiver. Pitt’s additional Honorable Mention selections included senior placekicker Chris Blewitt and senior nose tackle Tyrique Jarrett. - Pittsburgh Football

12/26/16 - (WR) - *Quadree Henderson, Jr, 5-08, 190
2016 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (7 OR MORE VOTES/COACHES): WR Quadree Henderson, So., Pitt (7),...Henderson also received Honorable Mention as a wide receiver. Pitt’s additional Honorable Mention selections included senior placekicker Chris Blewitt and senior nose tackle Tyrique Jarrett. - Pittsburgh Football

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