2018 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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2018 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
2018 record 2–1 (1–0 ACC)
Head coach Pat Narduzzi (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Randy Bates (1st season)
Home stadium Heinz Field
(Capacity: 68,400)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 23 Boston College   1 0         3 0  
Syracuse   1 0         3 0  
No. 3 Clemson   0 0         3 0  
NC State   0 0         2 0  
Louisville   0 0         2 1  
Wake Forest   0 1         2 1  
Florida State   0 2         1 2  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Virginia Tech   1 0         2 0  
Pittsburgh   1 0         2 1  
Duke   0 0         3 0  
No. 21 Miami   0 0         2 1  
Virginia   0 0         2 1  
North Carolina   0 0         0 2  
Georgia Tech   0 1         1 2  
Championship: December 1, 2018
As of September 18, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represents the University of Pittsburgh in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers are led by fourth-year head coach Pat Narduzzi and play their home games at Heinz Field. They are a member of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This is Pitt's sixth season as a member of the ACC.

Previous season[edit]

The Panthers finished the 2017 season 5–7, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Coastal Division.[1]

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Doak Walker Award[2] Darrin Hall RB SR
Butkus Award[3] Oluwaseun Idowu LB RS SR[4]
Wuerffel Trophy[5] Darrin Hall RB SR

ACC media poll[edit]

The ACC media poll was released on July 24, 2018 with the Panthers predcited to finish in fifth place in the Coastal Division.

Media poll (Coastal)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Miami 998 (122)
2 Virginia Tech 838 (16)
3 Georgia Tech 654 (8)
4 Duke 607 (1)
5 Pittsburgh 420
6 North Carolina 370 (1)
7 Virginia 257

Coaching staff[edit]

2018 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Pat Narduzzi – Head Coach
  • Charlie Partridge – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line
  • Shawn Watson – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Randy Bates – Defensive Coordinator
  • Andre Powell – Running Backs/Special Teams
  • Rob Harley – Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Dave Borbely – Offensive Line
  • Archie Collins – Secondary
  • Tim Salem – Tight Ends
  • Cory Sanders – Safeties
  • Kevin Sherman – Wide Receivers
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala – Associate Athletic Director/Football Operations
  • Bob Junko – Director of Player Development and High School Relations
  • Ben Mathers – Director of Football Operations
  • Reed Case – Director of Recruiting
  • Ben Cotton – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Mike Caprara – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • Mike Perish – Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Josh Lott – Defensive Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Dave Andrews – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Freddie Walker – Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Austin Addington-Strapp – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Roster[edit]

2018 Pittsburgh Panthers football roster

Quarterbacks

  •  3 Jeff George Jr. - Redshirt Junior (6'3, 220)
  •  4 Nick Patti - Freshman (6'1, 185)
  •  8 Kenny Pickett - Sophomore (6'2, 220)
  • 12 Ricky Town - Redshirt Junior (6'3, 215)
  • 14 Tyler Zelinski - Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 210)
  • 15 Justin Sliwoski - Freshman (6'1, 190)
  • 16 Jake Cortes - Freshman (6'5, 240)

Tailbacks

  • 7 Mychale Salahuddin - Freshman (5'11, 190)
  • 21 A.J. Davis - Sophomore (6'0, 215)
  • 22 Darrin Hall - Senior (5'11, 225)
  • 23 Todd Sibley Jr. - Redshirt Freshman (5'9, 215)
  • 30 Qadree Ollison - Redshirt Senior (6'2, 225)
  • 37 Cole Blake - Redshirt Senior (5'11, 210)
  • 39 Kyle Vreen - Redshirt Sophomore (5'10, 190)

Fullbacks

  • 34 Jason Edwards - Freshman (5'10, 230)
  • 35 George Aston - Redshirt Senior (6'0, 240)
  • 47 Ryan Sliwoski - Redshirt Junior (5'11, 225)
  • 48 Peyton Deri - Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 225)

Wide Receivers

  •  2 Maurice Ffrench - Junior (5'11, 190)
  •  5 Tre Tipton - Redshirt Junior (6'0, 190)
  •  6 Aaron Mathews - Junior (6'4, 215)
  •  9 Michael Smith - Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 215)
  • 11 Taysir Mack - Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 195))
  • 17 Darian Street - Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 185)
  • 18 Shocky Jacques−Louis - Freshman (6'0, 180)
  • 40 Charles Chustckie - Freshman (6'2, 190)
  • 46 Michael Vardzel - Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 190)
  • 48 Kellen McAlone - Redshirt Senior (6'2, 210)
  • 49 Alex Capstick - Freshman (6'1, 205)
  • 80 Cameron O'Neil - Freshman (6'1, 185)
  • 82 Rafael Araujo-Lopes - Redshirt Senior (5'9, 190)
  • 83 John Vardzel - Freshman (5'10, 175)
  • 85 Garrett Bickhart - Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 210)
  • 88 Dontavius Butler−Jenkins - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 210)

Tight Ends

  • 10 Will Gragg - Redshirt Junior (6'4, 250)
  • 45 Jake Zilinskas - Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 230)
  • 81 Jim Medure - Redshirt Junior (6'2, 235)
  • 84 Grant Carrigan - Redshirt Freshman (6'7, 280)
  • 86 Tyler Sear - Sophomore (6'4, 250)
  • 98 Kaymar Mimes - Freshman (6'5, 235)
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 52 Devon Davis - Redshirt Junior (6’4, 325)
  • 53 Jake Kradel - Freshman (6'3, 290)
  • 55 Chase Brown - Redshirt Junior (6’5, 305)
  • 56 Brandon Ford - Redshirt Sophomore (6’5, 305)
  • 57 Gabe Houy - Redshirt Freshman (6'6, 310)
  • 59 Carson Van Lynn - Redshirt Freshman (6’5, 290)
  • 60 Owen Drexel - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 290)
  • 63 Nick Stazer - Freshman (6’3, 295)
  • 66 Mike Herndon - Redshirt Senior (6’4, 310)
  • 67 Jimmy Morrissey - Redshirt Sophomore (6’3, 300)
  • 68 Blake Zubovic - Freshman (6’4, 300)
  • 69 Kenny Rainey III - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 320)
  • 70 Stefano Millin - Redshirt Senior (6’5, 300)
  • 71 Bryce Hargrove - Redshirt Sophomore (6’4, 310)
  • 74 Jerry Drake Jr. - Redshirt Freshman (6’5, 305)
  • 76 Connor Dintino - Redshirt Senior (6’3, 315)
  • 77 Carter Warren - Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 320)
  • 78 Alex Bookser - Redshirt Senior (6’6, 315)

Defensive Linemen

  •  2 David Green - Freshman (6'0, 255)
  •  5 Deslin Alexandre - Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 270)
  •  6 John Morgan - Freshman (6'2, 250)
  •  8 Dewayne Hendrix - Redshirt Senior (6’4, 265)
  • 10 Keyshon Camp - Redshirt Sophomore (6’4, 285)
  • 17 Rashad Weaver - Redshirt Sophomore (6’5, 260)
  • 34 Amir Watts - Junior (6’3, 290)
  • 36 Chase Pine - Redshirt Sophomore (6’2, 250)
  • 40 James Folston Jr. - Redshirt Senior (6’4, 250)
  • 45 Noah Palmer - Freshman (6'3, 215)
  • 50 Tyler Bentley - Freshman (6'2, 300)
  • 55 Jaylen Twyman - Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 300)
  • 68 Brian Burgess - Redshirt Freshman (6’2, 290)
  • 87 Habakkuk Baldonado - Freshman (6’5, 230)
  • 90 Rashad Wheeler - Redshirt Sophomore (6’3, 285)
  • 91 Patrick Jones II - Redshirt Sophomore (6’5, 265)
  • 93 Shane Roy - Redshirt Senior (6’4, 280)
  • 95 Devin Danielson - Freshman (6'1, 290)
  • 96 Chris Maloney - Freshman (6’2, 235)

Punters

  • 97 Ethan Van Buskirk - Freshman (5'10, 220)
  • 98 Kirk Christodoulou - Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 210)
 

Linebackers

  • 9 Saleem Brightwell - Redshirt Junior (6’0, 225)
  • 23 Oluwaseun Idowu - Redshirt Senior (6’0, 230)
  • 25 Elijah Zeise - Redshirt Senior (6’2, 240)
  • 28 Anthony McKee Jr. - Redshirt Junior (6’2, 220)
  • 29 Albert Tucker - Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 225)
  • 35 Chase Villani - Freshman (6’1, 220)
  • 37 Jackson Henry - Freshman (6’2, 225)
  • 38 Cam Bright - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 220)
  • 39 Wendell Davis - Freshman (6’2, 235)
  • 44 Elias Reynolds - Redshirt Sophomore (6’2, 235)
  • 47 Kyle Nunn - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 225)
  • 52 Jack Hansberry - Freshman (6’1, 210)
  • 58 Quintin Wirginis - Redshirt Senior (6'2, 250)

Defensive Backs

  •  3 Damar Hamlin - Junior (6’1, 195)
  •  4 Therran Coleman - Redshirt Sophomore (6’0, 200)
  •  7 Jazzee Stocker - Redshirt Junior (6’2, 190)
  • 11 Dane Jackson - Redshirt Junior (6’0, 185)
  • 12 Paris Ford - Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 195)
  • 14 Marquis Williams - Freshman (5’8, 160)
  • 15 Jason Pinnock - Sophomore (6'0, 195)
  • 16 Damarri Mathis - Sophomore (5'11, 190)
  • 20 Dennis Briggs - Redshirt Senior (5’10, 195)
  • 21 V'Lique Carter - Freshman (5’9, 170)
  • 22 Kollin Smith - Redshirt Freshman (5'10, 180)
  • 24 Phil Campbell III - Redshirt Sophomore (6’1, 200)
  • 26 Judson Tallandier - Freshman (6'0, 180)
  • 27 Bricen Garner - Redshirt Sophomore (6’1, 190)
  • 31 Erick Hallett - Freshman (5'11, 175)
  • 32 Phillipie Motley - Redshirt Senior (5’10, 180)
  • 41 Colin Jonov - Redshirt Senior (5’9, 195)
  • 46 Rimoni Dorsey - Redshirt Junior (6’0, 205)

Placekickers

  • 92 Jake Scarton - Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 195)
  • 97 Alex Kessman - Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 195)

Long Snappers

  • 51 Grey Brancifort - Freshman (6'1, 225)
  • 94 Cal Adomitis - Sophomore (6'1, 225)

Schedule[edit]

The Panthers schedule was released on January 17, 2018.[7]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
Sat. Sep. 13:30 p.m.Albany*ACCN ExtraW 33–734,486
Sat. Sep. 88:00 p.m.No. 13 Penn State*
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA (rivalry)
ABCL 6–5168,400
Sat. Sep. 1512:30 p.m.Georgia Tech
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ACCRSNW 24–1934,284
Sat. Sep. 2212:20 p.m.at North CarolinaRaycom
Sat. Sep. 293:30 p.m.at UCF*ESPN2/ESPNU
Sat. Oct. 6Syracusedagger
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA (rivalry)
Sat. Oct. 132:30 p.m.at Notre Dame*NBC
Sat. Oct. 27Duke
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
Fri. Nov. 27:30 p.m.at VirginiaESPN2
Sat. Nov. 10Virginia Tech
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
Sat. Nov. 17at Wake Forest
Sat. Nov. 24at Miami (FL)
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries[edit]

Albany[edit]

Albany at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Great Danes 7 000 7
Panthers 19 1400 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Penn State[edit]

Penn State at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
No. 13 Nittany Lions 7 71621 51
Panthers 6 000 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
43–51–4 2017 L, 14–33

Georgia Tech[edit]

Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Yellow Jackets 0 0613 19
Panthers 14 730 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–5 2017 L, 17–35

at North Carolina[edit]

Pittsburgh at North Carolina
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Tar Heels 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–9 2017 L, 31–34

at UCF[edit]

Pittsburgh at UCF
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Knights 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2006 W, 52–7

Syracuse[edit]

Syracuse at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Orange 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–31–3 2017 L, 24–27

at Notre Dame[edit]

Pittsburgh at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Fighting Irish 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–48–1 2015 L, 30–42

Duke[edit]

Duke at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Blue Devils 0 000 0
Panthers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–9 2017 W, 24–17

at Virginia[edit]

Pittsburgh at Virginia
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Cavaliers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 2017 W, 31–14

Virginia Tech[edit]

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Hokies 0 000 0
Panthers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–10 2017 L, 14–20

at Wake Forest[edit]

Pittsburgh at Wake Forest
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Demon Deacons 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Miami (FL)[edit]

Pittsburgh at Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Hurricanes 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–25–1 2017 W, 24–14

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club

References[edit]