2001 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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2001 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
Tangerine Bowl champion
Tangerine Bowl, W 34–19 vs. NC State
Conference Big East Conference
2001 record 7–5 (4–3 Big East)
Head coach Walt Harris (5th season)
Offensive coordinator J. D. Brookhart (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads (2nd season)
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Heinz Field
(Capacity: 64,450)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Miami (FL) $#   7 0         12 0  
No. 14 Syracuse   6 1         10 3  
No. 21 Boston College   4 3         8 4  
No. 18 Virginia Tech   4 3         8 4  
Pittsburgh   4 3         7 5  
Temple   2 5         4 7  
West Virginia   1 6         3 8  
Rutgers   0 7         2 9  
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
Sat. Sep. 1 6:00 p.m. East Tennessee State* Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA W 31–0   47,919
Sat. Sep. 8 1:30 p.m. South Florida* Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA L 26–35   39,542
Thu. Sep. 27 8:00 p.m. No. 1 Miami (FL) Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN L 21–43   57,224
Sat. Oct. 6 2:30 p.m. at Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) NBC L 7–24   80,795
Sat. Oct. 13 12:00 p.m. Syracusedagger Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN+ L 10–42   52,367
Sat. Oct. 20 12:00 p.m. at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN+ L 7–45   41,637
Sat. Oct. 27 12:00 p.m. at Temple Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 33–7   12,859
Sat. Nov. 3 12:00 p.m. No. 12 Virginia Tech Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN+ W 38–7   55,585
Sat. Nov. 10 1:30 p.m. at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 42–0   13,520
Sat. Nov. 24 12:00 p.m. at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) ESPN W 23–17   44,407
Sat. Dec. 1 1:30 p.m. UAB* Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA W 24–6   40,855
Thu. Dec. 20 7:30 p.m. vs. NC State* Florida Citrus Bowl StadiumOrlando, FL (Tangerine Bowl) ESPN W 34–19   28,562
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

2001 Pittsburgh Panthers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OL 77 Bryan Anderson Jr
WR 80 Antonio Bryant Sr
T 75 Matt Morgan Fr
RB 32 Lousaka Polite So
TE 83 Kris Wilson So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 5 Torrie Cox Jr
LB 51 Gerald Hayes Jr
DE 57 Bryan Knight Sr
DB 19 Shawntae Spencer So
DB 25 Ramon Walker Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 36 Andy Lee So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Coaching staff[edit]

2001 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching staff
  • Walt Harris – Head Coach
  • Bob Junko – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive tackles
  • J.D. Brookhart – Offensive Coordinator/Wide receivers
  • Paul Rhoads – Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • David Blackwell – Linebackers
  • Curtis Bray – Defensive ends
  • Bryan Deal – Recruiting Coordinator/Specialists
  • Tom Freeman – Offensive line/Run Game Coordinator
  • Bob Ligashesky – Tight ends/Special teams
  • Shawn Simms – Running backs
  Support Staff
  • Chris LaSala – Assistant Athletic Director/Football Operations
  • Matt Williamson – Recruiting Assistant
  • Sean McGowan – Graduate Assistant
  • Bob Ando – Graduate Assistant
  Strength and Conditioning Staff
  • Buddy Morris – Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Chad Hutsko – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Antonio Bryant Wide receiver 2 63 Dallas Cowboys
Ramon Walker Defensive back 5 153 Houston Texans
Bryan Knight Linebacker 5 165 Chicago Bears

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