Less than a week into his first training camp as head coach, Todd Graham has learned of his first transfer. Redshirt sophomore tight end Brock DeCicco has informed Graham that he will transfer to a new school.
"Brock informed us today of his intention to transfer to another school. We have enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to get to know Brock the past eight months and wish him only the very best in his future endeavors."
DeCicco made three starts as a redshirt freshman, including his first career start at Syracuse, where he also had his first touchdown reception. DeCicco added another touchdown in Pitt's 27-10 win over Kentucky in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
When the 2010 season began, Pitt had Mike Cruz, DeCicco, Andrew Devlin, Justin Virbitsky Brendan Carozzoni, Dan Schneider. Of those six, only one now remains at tight end--Carozzoni. Cruz was initially suspended prior to spring ball, then elected not to come back. Devlin chose to forego his final eligibility, and his helping out as a volunteer assistant. Schneider decided to end his football career, instead pursuing a career in medicine. Virbitsky remains with the team, but is now a reserve offensive tackle.
Hubie Graham transferred to Pittsburgh last year, but had to sit out 2010 due to the transfer rule. He is slated to be the Panthers' starting tight end/three-back this season. With DeCicco gone, Pitt now must choose between converted receiver Drew Carswell, Carozzoni and converted linebacker Kevin Adams alongside Graham. Certain packages will include two three-backs on the field at the same time.