If you are a long time college football fan you may think of the Pittsburgh Panthers and think of All American Defensive End Hugh Green.
Green and his sidekick Ricky Jackson brought a reign of terror to every Quarterback playing against Pittsburgh back in their glory days. Pitt Panther Glory Days
You might think of Tony Dorsett winning the Heisman Trophy, and the Panthers winning the national title. Or, you might think of Dan Marino.
If you are a fan of Offensive Linemen, you may think of Russ Grimm, Mark May, or Bill Fralic.
Or, you may be young and you have never heard of any of those guys, or have no recollection of the Pittsburgh Panthers being good.
Those days could be coming back again. But, there is a big question mark around could be. The recruiting will need to improve, but I have full faith in head coach Pat Narduzzi.
Adding Nate Peterman to the roster was helpful with landing another Tennessee transfer Defensive End Dewayne Hendrix.
Hendrix signed with the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2014 recruiting class as a 4 star prospect. He was the 18th ranked Defensive End in the nation from O’Fallon, Illinois. But, with the Vols, he found himself playing behind another Defensive End from the 2014 recruiting class in Derek Barnett.
After the 2014 season, Hendrix decided to look for greener pastures and more playing time.
Sitting out the 2015 season, Hendrix moves right into the starting position at Defensive End across from Elijah Price.
At 6-0, 250 Price is not an overly impressive looking Defensive End, but he had 11.5 Quarterback
sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. With a talent like Hendrix across from Price, that will take a little pressure off of him and possibly help his game.
This year’s Pittsburgh Panther Defense will have 8 seniors including 3 in their Defensive Line, and all 3 Linebackers, they have a shot at being much improved. Knowing Pat Narduzzi’s body of work, I had little doubt that he would have them playing good defense in little time.
The Offense should be good with the return of 4 out of 5 starters in the Offensive Line and a senior Quarterback, Nate Peterman. The return of James Conner at Running Back will be a huge plus, and there are other talented Running Backs such as Qadree Ollison.
The only problem with their offense is the loss of game breaker Tyler Boyd.
Pittsburgh is on my list of schools that I will be following more closely this season and the following.
It’s been a long time since they were a factor on the national scene.