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Pitt 5th-year senior DT Mick Williams makes a play
Posted Aug 31, 2009
The Pitt football team finally gets a chance to put the nightmare that was a 3-0 loss in the Sun Bowl behind it when the 2009 season opens against Youngstown State at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field.
It's the 120th season for Panthers football, as they face the former Division I-AA Penguins, who now are in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Youngstown State, about 70 miles from
, won four national titles in the 1990s. The only previous meeting was a 41-0 Pitt win in 2005.
The Panthers have released their two-deep lineup, and their are some interesting developments. Senior
is listed as the starting left offensive guard ahead of redshirt sophomore
. Andfifth-year seniors
are listed as co-starters at flanker next to sophomore
as the starting split end.
is the starting quarterback, and redshirt freshman
is the backup. Junior
is not listed. While some might believe that's because it is a two-deep, there are three tight ends listed with seniors
listed as the starter and backup. And redshirt freshman
in the No. 3 spot.
is the starting tailback, and frosh Ray Graham is the backup. They are among 16 first- or second-year freshman on the two-deep on offense, defense and special teams.
On defense, sophomore
and redshirt junior
are co-starters at free safety. Redshirt freshmen
(left end) and freshman
(middle linebacker) are listed as backups at their respective positions. Redshirt frosh
is the backup right offensive guard.
is listed as the starting punter and place-kicker, while redshirt junior
is the kickoff specialist. The only scholarship player in competition for those spots, redshirt freshman place-kicker
, is the backup on field goals and kickoffs. However, Hutchins was awarded a scholarship today.
is the punt-returner, ahead of redshirt freshman
. Saddler, sophomore
, redshirt sophomore
and Lewis are the kickoff returners. Redshirt sophomore
is the long-snapper, and redshirt
is the holder for the second straight year. Janocko was awarded a scholarship today.
Pitt has played seven FCS opponents previously, including a 34-10 win against Grambling in 2007, and is 7-0 in those contests. Former Pitt All-America linebacker Jerry Olsavsky, who starred for the Panthers from 1985-88, is on the YSU staff as the linebackers coach. Olsavsky is a Youngstown native and Chaney High School product.
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