12/01/15 - (DT) - Darryl Render, Sr, 6-2, 283 2015 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): DT Darryl Render, Sr., Pitt, 31/150 Votes...A four-year fixture on the interior, Render (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edward) has played an unheralded but invaluable role for the Panthers’ nationally ranked defense. His statistics this season (16 tackles) belie his importance in eating up blocks, allowing Pitt’s linebacker unit to roam free and make plays. - Pitt Football
12/01/15 - (FS) - Jordan Whitehead, So, 5-10, 185 2015 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): S Jordan Whitehead, Fr., Pitt, 41/150 Votes...The Panthers’ leading tackler this season, Whitehead has compiled 99 stops, the most by a Pitt true freshman in 28 years. His average of 8.2 tackles per game ranks eighth in the ACC and he is the only freshman among the league’s top 10 tacklers. - Pitt Football
12/01/15 - (CB) - Avonte Maddox, Jr, 5-09, 170 2015 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): CB Avonte Maddox, So., Pitt, 21/150 Votes... Maddox (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King) ranks fourth in the ACC and 25th nationally in passes defended with an average of 1.3 per game. He has 12 pass breakups and three interceptions (including one returned for a 30-yard touchdown against Louisville) on the year. - Pitt Football
12/01/15 - (FS) - Jordan Whitehead, So, 5-10, 185 2015 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE ROOKIE & DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Pitt freshman strong safety Jordan Whitehead has been voted the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year following a regular season in which he emerged as one of the conference’s leading tacklers and helped the Panthers to eight wins and bowl bid. Whitehead was also chosen as the ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA), which selected Panthers running back Qadree Ollison as the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Pitt became the first school to sweep both ACC Rookie of the Year honors since the conference began honoring first-year players on both sides of the ball in 2007.
A natural fit for the defensive-minded Panthers under first-year head coach Pat Narduzzi, Whitehead finished the regular season with 99 tackles to rank among the ACC leaders. The steady defensive back from Alquippa, Pennsylvania, has five games this season with double-digit tackles, and is one tackle shy of becoming just the second freshman in Pitt history to record 100 tackles in a single season. Whitehead has intercepted one pass while breaking up six others and has 5.5 tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack. A versatile player who also saw time on offense, Whitehead has rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries and has two pass receptions. - ACC Football
12/01/15 - (RB) - Qadree Ollison, rSo, 6-1, 230 2015 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE OFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Forced into an expanded role in September due to injuries, Ollison responded by rushing for 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead a Panther ground attack that ranks fourth in the ACC. Ollison was voted the ACC Rookie of the Week on two occasions, the first of which followed his 207-yard rushing performance against Youngstown State in the season opener. Ollison’s 1,048 rushing yards are the seventh-most by a freshman in ACC history. A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Ollison is one of just five freshmen in Pitt school history to reach the 1,000-yard rushing milestone. - ACC Football
11/23/15 - (OLB) - Ejuan Price, rSr, 5-11, 250 NOV 23 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Ejuan Price, Pitt, Sr., DE, 6-0, 250, Rankin, Pa.,...Price posted one of the finest defensive performances in recent Pitt history with 10 tackles, five sacks and six tackles for loss in Saturday’s 45-34 win over Louisville. Price’s sack total was the highest by an FBS player in 2015 and fell one shy of the national record. He spearheaded a defensive effort that limited Louisville to minus-one yard on the ground, the first time Pitt held an opponent to negative yards rushing since 2002. Price became the first Pitt player with at least 4.5 sacks in a game since 1987, and his six tackles for loss were the most by a Panther since Aaron Donald also had six vs. Georgia Tech in 2013. Price now ranks fourth in the nation and first in the ACC with an average of 1.05 sacks per game. His 11.5 total sacks are the most in a single season by a Pitt player since 2000. Price was awarded a “Helmet Sticker” on ESPN College Football Final for his Louisville performance. - ACC Football
11/14/15 - (QB) - Nathan Peterman, rSr, 6-2, 225 Nate Peterman tied a career high with three touchdown passes to lead Pittsburgh past Duke 31-13 on Saturday. Peterman was 13 of 23 for 180 yards with touchdowns of 11 yards to Zach Challingsworth, 3 yards to J.P. Holtz and 5 yards to Dontez Ford. Qadree Ollison added 111 yards rushing with a late 1-yard TD to help Pitt (7-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) snap a two-game losing streak and keep its slim Coastal Division hopes alive, though the Panthers need some help from No. 17 North Carolina, the division leader. Parker Boehme was 23 of 42 for 248 yards with an interception and a 1-yard touchdown run in his first career start. Ross Martin kicked two field goals for Duke (6-4, 3-3), which has lost three straight — its longest losing streak since 2012. This could have been the final stage of a three-team round robin that could have decided the Coastal, but the surging Tar Heels pretty much took care of that by beating Pitt and Blue Devils in the past two weeks. - AP Sports
10/27/15 - (RB) - Qadree Ollison, rSo, 6-1, 230 OCT 26 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Qadree Ollison, Pitt, Fr.-r, RB, 6-2, 230, Niagara Falls, N.Y.,...Ollison was Pitt’s workhorse on the ground at Syracuse, rushing for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. He proved especially instrumental on the Panthers’ game-winning drive that covered 89 yards in 19 plays and exhausted the final 9:20 of regulation, converting three third downs (two third-and-1 plays and a third-and-6). His final rush on the third-and-6 play went for seven yards and set up a game-winning 25-yard field goal. The redshirt freshman, who began the year as Pitt’s third-string tailback, now has 662 yards on 118 carries and seven touchdowns in his debut season. - ACC Football
10/27/15 - (ILB) - Matt Galambos, Sr, 6-1, 240 OCT 26 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Matt Galambos, Pitt, LB, Jr., 6-2, 240, Collingdale, Pa.,... Galambos keyed Pitt's victory at Syracuse from his middle linebacker position and as an unlikely pass receiver. The junior had three tackles for loss and an interception to go with five total stops. His interception came with Pitt trailing 17-13 late in the third quarter and the Orange threatening at the Panthers' 42. He also had a key tackle for loss near the goal line as Pitt held Syracuse to a field goal in the second quarter and a key stop on third-and-1 later in the game. Galambos played a role in the Panthers' game-winning drive that covered 19 plays and ate up the final 9:20 on the clock, catching a 12-yard pass on a fake punt on fourth-and-7 from the Pitt 48 with less than five minutes remaining. Per ESPN.com, Galambos is the only linebacker in the nation since 2006 to record an interception and a reception in the same game. - ACC Football
10/27/15 - (WR) - *Tyler Boyd, Jr, 6-1, 197 OCT 26 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Tyler Boyd, Pitt, Jr., WR, 6-2, 200, Clairton, Pa.,...The versatile Boyd completed a 38-yard pass, rushed six times for 34 yards and had a career-high 12 receptions for 93 yards in the Panthers’ 23-20 win at Syracuse. Boyd accounted for nearly 40 percent of Pitt’s total yardage (165 of 427 yards) in the win, and also had three kickoff returns for a total of 75 yards. Boyd became the first Division I player since UTEP’s Lorne Sam in 2007 to record 20 yards passing, rushing and receiving in consecutive games. Boyd, who has already established himself as Pitt’s all-time leading pass catcher with 216 receptions in just two and a half seasons, leads the ACC this season in receptions (8.8) and receiving yards (81.5) per game. - ACC Football
10/26/15 - (K) - Chris Blewitt, Sr, 5-09, 190 Pat Narduzzi passed the audition. So did his punter, and kicker. The coach of No. 25 Pittsburgh displayed his disgust by walking down the sideline wondering why his team was unable to convert a third down play with the score tied and time running down. But the Panthers never planned to punt the ball away to Syracuse. Instead, the first-year coach called for a fake punt, Ryan Winslow hit linebacker Matt Galambos for 12 yards and a first down and Chris Blewitt kicked a 25-yard field goal on the final play for a 23-20 win on Saturday.
"I did a good job acting," said Narduzzi, who was on the Rhode Island staff with Syracuse coach Scott Shafer in the 1990s. "I know Scott was probably looking over, so I walked down the sideline - how come we couldn't get that first down? Didn't matter where on the field. I had a lot of confidence in that punt fake." After the first down pass from punter Winslow to Galambos, Qadree Ollison took care of the rest with 26 yards on seven straight carries to set up the winning kick. The Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC) have now won four of five on the road, with their only loss at Iowa on a 57-yard field goal on the final play of the game. - AP Sports
10/19/15 - (K) - Chris Blewitt, Sr, 5-09, 190 OCT 19 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Chris Blewitt, Pitt, Sr., PK, 5-9, 190, Alexandria, Va.,...Blewitt was the hero of Pitt’s game at Georgia Tech, kicking a school-record 56-yard field goal with 1:11 left to give the Panthers a 31-28 win. The kick eclipsed the 21-year-old Pitt record held by David Merrick (54 yards vs. Texas in 1994). Blewitt was 4-for-4 on kicking efforts (3-for-3 on PATs, plus his lone, successful record field goal attempt). He also helped the Panthers in the battle for field position battle by registering four touchbacks on six kickoffs. - ACC Football
10/19/15 - (WR) - *Tyler Boyd, Jr, 6-1, 197 Quarterback Nate Peterman had no doubt Pittsburgh would keep grinding out the clock late in the fourth quarter. "Shove-it-down-their-throats drive," he said. "It had to be that one." Peterman threw a career-high three touchdown passes and Chris Blewitt kicked a 56-yard field goal in the closing minutes to help the Panthers beat Georgia Tech 31-28 on Saturday. Tyler Boyd had eight catches with two touchdowns to become Pitt's career leading receiver, and the Panthers burned all but 1 minute, 4 seconds of the final 8:13 with a 14-play drive that ended on Blewitt's school record-long kick.
Pitt (5-1, 3-0 ACC) is undefeated in its first three conference games for the first time since 2010. Georgia Tech (2-5, 0-4 ACC) has lost five straight, its longest single-season skid since it went 1-10 in 1994. The Jackets, who began the season as favorites to win the league's Coastal Division, must regroup before hosting No. 11 Florida State next weekend. "We had some real screw-ups on offense, basically when the game got tight," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. "All freshmen. So it's tough, and the way the game was going, you didn't want to miss your turn." - AP Sports
10/12/15 - (FS) - Jordan Whitehead, So, 5-10, 185 OCT 12 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Jordan Whitehead, Pitt, CB, Fr., 5-11, 185, Aliquippa, Pa.,...Whitehead collected a game-high 12 tackles (seven solo) and was a disruptive force defending the run and the pass in the Panthers’ win over Virginia. The true freshman leads Pitt’s nationally ranked defense with 41 stops on the season. He is averaging 8.2 tackles per game, which ranks ninth (tied) in the ACC. Whitehead is the only freshman among the league’s top-24 tacklers. - ACC Football
10/12/15 - (ILB) - Matt Galambos, Sr, 6-1, 240 OCT 12 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Matt Galambos, Pitt, LB, Jr., 6-2, 240, Collingdale, Pa.,...Galambos had two quarterback sacks and a momentum-changing interception return in Pitt’s 26-19 victory over Virginia. With Pitt holding a 17-10 halftime lead, Virginia opened the second half by driving to the Panthers’ 34-yard line. Galambos ended the threat by perfectly jumping a route, intercepting the pass and returning for 51 yards to set up what proved to be the decisive Pitt touchdown. The interception return was the longest by a Pitt player in five years. Galambos’ two sacks went for 15 yards in losses and included an 11-yard sack on Virginia’s final possession. He had five total stops on the afternoon to help Pitt move to 4-1 for the first time since 2009 and 2-0 in ACC play for the first time since joining the league in 2013. - ACC Football
10/10/15 - (QB) - Nathan Peterman, rSr, 6-2, 225 Junior quarterback Nate Peterman passed for 222 yards and two touchdowns as Pittsburgh recorded a 26-19 victory over Virginia in ACC play at Pittsburgh. Junior receiver Tyler Boyd and junior tight end Scott Orndoff had touchdown receptions for the Panthers (4-1, 2-0). Redshirt freshman Qadree Ollison rushed for a touchdown and sophomore running back Chris James gained 94 yards on 11 rushes. Junior quarterback Matt Johns was 17-of-33 passing for 209 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Cavaliers (1-4, 0-1). Virginia allowed four sacks, including one for a key safety. Johns connected on a 32-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Canaan Severin to pull Virginia within seven with 5:50 left and the defense stopped the Panthers to get the ball back. Johns converted on fourth-and-23 by hitting senior receiver J.T. Thorpe for 32 yards with 1:40 remaining but failed on another fourth-down throw with 28 seconds left. Pittsburgh led by seven at halftime and doubled the advantage when Peterman hit Boyd on an 8-yard scoring throw with 11:25 left in the third quarter. - The Sports Xchange
10/05/15 - (FS) - Terrish Webb, Sr, 5-11, 190 OCT 5 ACC CO-DEFENSIVE BACK – Terrish Webb, Pitt, Jr., S, 5-11, 190, Clairton, Pa.,...Webb collected four tackles defended two passes and had an interception in helping Pitt limit Virginia Tech to 100 yards total offense and 91 yards passing in Saturday’s 17-13 ACC road win. Webb’s pick came with just under seven minutes to go in the game and helped the Panthers protect their four-point lead. It marked the third consecutive game that Webb had a hand in a turnover. He had interceptions in back-to-back games (versus Virginia Tech and Iowa) and forced a fumble at Akron on Sept. 12. - ACC Football
10/03/15 - (RB) - Qadree Ollison, rSo, 6-1, 230 Pittsburgh redshirt freshman running back Qadree Ollison rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown in a 17-13 victory over Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday. The Panthers (3-1, 1-0) won for the sixth time in seven meetings with the Hokies, but this was their first victory on Tech's home field since 2002. Ollison ran for gains of 43 and 25 yards on the first two plays of the second half. He crossed the goal line on the second carry to put Pitt ahead 17-7 with 14:15 remaining in the third quarter. The Panthers defense held the Hokies (2-3, 0-1) to 100 total yards. Pitt sacked Tech quarterback Brenden Motley seven times and recorded three interceptions. The Hokies managed two second-half field goals by Joey Slye, one from 43 yards with 6:03 remaining in the third quarter and the other from 48 yards early in the fourth quarter. Pitt scored 10 straight points to start the game. - The Sports Xchange
09/24/15 - (QB) - Nathan Peterman, rSr, 6-2, 225 Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is sticking with Nate Peterman at quarterback. Narduzzi said Wednesday that Peterman will make a second straight start next week when the Panthers (2-1) travel to Virginia Tech. Peterman, a graduate transfer from Tennessee, completed 20 of 29 passes for 209 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions last Saturday in a 27-24 loss to Iowa. Narduzzi said Peterman played a "very, very solid game" against the Hawkeyes. Peterman led Pitt on a 75-yard scoring drive to tie the game with 52 seconds remaining before the Hawkeyes pulled it out on a last-second kick. Chad Voytik, whose 15-start streak ended against the Hawkeyes, will remain the backup. Voytik completed 1 of 2 passes in a brief appearance last Saturday. - AP Sports
09/21/15 - (WR) - *Tyler Boyd, Jr, 6-1, 197 SEPT 21 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Tyler Boyd, Pitt, Jr., WR, 6-2, 200, Clairton, Pa.,...Boyd had 10 receptions for 131 yards, including the game-tying touchdown catch with 52 seconds left in the Panthers’ 27-24 road loss at Iowa. Boyd had three catches for 32 yards on the game-tying drive, including one that converted a fourth down. With his second consecutive game with 10 or more catches, Boyd moved into second all-time at Pitt with 184 career receptions and is only 18 shy of the record held by Devin Street (202 receptions from 2010-13). Boyd, who posted the 12th 100-yard receiving game of his 28-game collegiate career, is the nation’s active career leader in receptions per game (6.57), and ranks third in receiving yards per game (95.0) and all-purpose yards per game (140.89). He is the ACC leader in each of those categories. - ACC Football
09/14/15 - (DT) - Tyrique Jarrett, Sr, 6-2, 335 SEPT 14 ACC CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Tyrique Jarrett, Pitt, Jr., DT, 6-3, 335, Pittsburgh, Pa.,...Jarrett spearheaded a Pitt defensive effort that limited Akron to just 110 total yards in Saturday’s 24-7 win. The Panthers’ junior had three tackles for losses (eight yards) among his five total stops. When he was not making tackles, Jarrett was a disruptive force by plugging up running lanes. He played a major role in the Zips netting just 47 rush yards on 24 carries (just less than 2.0 yards per carry.). - ACC Football
09/13/15 - (QB) - Nathan Peterman, rSr, 6-2, 225 PITTSBURGH (2-0, 0-0)...Game: Pittsburgh 24, Akron 7. The Panthers turned to freshman RB Qadree Ollison for 81 yards on the ground and a touchdown in the road victory. Wet conditions might have limited the offenses, but at least the Panthers were strong on defense. Takeaway: The Panthers might feel they're already ahead of schedule after avenging a 2014 loss by defeating Akron. But they'll need more development from key players as they move on after the stunning news after the opener that standout RB James Conner is out for the season. QB Nate Peterman, a redshirt junior, threw for his first touchdown pass in the game against Akron.
With that, it's clear how many unproven players the Panthers will be counting on in the coming weeks. Peterman is a transfer from Tennessee, so he has worked his way into the quarterback mix alongside incumbent QB Chad Voytik. This could be a bit of a risky maneuver by first-year coach Pat Narduzzi, who is pointing toward a two-quarterback system for the time being. The offense will need to be more productive. Without Conner, there might be new avenues explored because the Panthers have been underwhelming despite picking up a pair of victories. Next: at Iowa, Sept. 19. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/15 - (WR) - *Tyler Boyd, Jr, 6-1, 197 FIVE BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM WEEK 2 IN THE ACC: 4. Pittsburgh could struggle on offense without the expected lineup, particularly with the loss of RB James Conner for the rest of the season. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/15 - (QB) - Nathan Peterman, rSr, 6-2, 225 Nate Peterman passed for a career-high 148 yards and threw his first college touchdown Saturday as Pittsburgh pulled away for a 24-7 victory over the Zips. Mid-American Conference member Akron stunned the Panthers 21-10 last Sept. 27 at Heinz Field, but could not repeat the feat at home. "Last year, it was the upset, so this year we had to get them back," Pitt defensive end Rori Blair said. "That's all we talked about - we want to eat, we want to beat them - because we were so hungry. Now that we got Akron back, we want to eat all the way to the ACC championship." Tennessee transfer Peterman completed 12 of 17 attempts for 148 yards, including an 18-yard score to J.P. Holtz, after relieving starter Chad Voytik in the second quarter.
Voytik went 6 of 8 for 32 yards, but Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said he will continue to use a two-quarterback rotation next week at Iowa. "I think we've got two really good quarterbacks, so why wouldn't use both of them to help us," Narduzzi said. "Last week (in a 45-37 win over Youngstown State), we went with Chad More. Today, we just felt like Nathan was a little hotter." Redshirt freshman Qadree Ollison rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown as Pitt (2-0) outplayed the Zips (0-2) at waterlogged InfoCision Stadium. A soaking rain began two hours before kickoff and continued the entire game. - AP Sports
09/09/15 - (OLB) - Nicholas Grigsby, rSr, 6-0, 220 SEPT 8 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Nicholas Grigsby, Pitt, OLB, Sr.-r, 6-1, 220, Trotwood, Ohio,...Grigsby delivered a a high-impact day in the Panthers’ 45-37 win over Youngstown State, compiling 10 tackles, two quarterback sacks and three total tackles for loss – all career highs. He also broke up a pass and registered one quarterback hurry. Grigsby’s TFLs resulted in 19 total lost yards. - ACC Football