2019 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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2019 Pittsburgh Panthers football
Pitt Panthers wordmark.svg
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
2019 record7–5 (4–4 ACC)
Head coachPat Narduzzi (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorMark Whipple (1st season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorRandy Bates (2nd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumHeinz Field
(Capacity: 68,400)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 3 Clemson x$^   8 0         13 0  
Louisville   5 3         7 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 4  
Florida State   4 4         6 6  
Boston College   4 4         6 6  
Syracuse   2 6         5 7  
NC State   1 7         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 24 Virginia x   6 2         9 4  
Virginia Tech   5 3         8 4  
Miami   4 4         6 6  
Pittsburgh   4 4         7 5  
North Carolina   4 4         6 6  
Duke   3 5         5 7  
Georgia Tech   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 62, Virginia 17
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of December 15, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

The 2019 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represents the University of Pittsburgh in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers are led by fifth-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 seventh season as a member of the ACC.

Preseason[edit]

Preseason media poll[edit]

In the preseason ACC media poll, Pitt was predicted to finish in fourth in the Coastal Division.[1]

Media poll (Coastal Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Virginia 1003 (82)
2 Miami (FL) 992 (55)
3 Virginia Tech 827 (20)
4 Pittsburgh 691 (8)
5 Duke 566 (6)
6 North Carolina 463 (1)
7 Georgia Tech 302 (1)

Schedule[edit]

The Panthers schedule was released on January 16, 2019.[2]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:30 p.m.VirginiaACCNL 14–3047,144
September 711:00 a.m.Ohio*
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ACCNW 20–1042,168
September 1412:00 p.m.at No. 13 Penn State*ABCL 10–17108,661
September 213:30 p.m.No. 15 UCF*
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ABC/ESPN2W 35–3442,056
September 2812:30 p.m.No. 20 (FCS) Delaware*
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ACCRSNW 17–1444,141
October 58:00 p.m.at DukeACCNW 33–3022,610
October 187:00 p.m.at SyracuseESPNW 27–2044,886
October 2612:00 p.m.Miami (FL)dagger
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ESPNL 12–1647,918
November 24:00 p.m.at Georgia TechACCRSNW 20–1041,219
November 148:00 p.m.North Carolina
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ESPNW 34–27 OT39,290
November 233:30 p.m.at Virginia TechESPN2L 0–2855,936
November 303:30 p.m.Boston College
  • Heinz Field
  • Pittsburgh, PA
ACCNL 19–2640,889
December 268:00 p.m.vs. Eastern MichiganESPN

Game summaries[edit]

Virginia[edit]

Virginia at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Cavaliers 10 3107 30
Panthers 0 1400 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–3 2018 W, 23–13

Ohio[edit]

Ohio at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Bobcats 0 370 10
Panthers 3 1430 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–1 2005 L, 10–16

at Penn State[edit]

Pittsburgh at Penn State
1 234Total
Panthers 0 1000 10
No. 13 Nittany Lions 7 370 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
43–52–4 2018 L, 6–51

UCF[edit]

UCF at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
No. 15 Knights 0 10213 34
Panthers 7 1477 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2018 L, 14–45

Delaware[edit]

Delaware at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
No. 20 (FCS) Fightin' Blue Hens 0 770 14
Panthers 0 1007 17
  • Date: September 28
  • Location:
    Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Game start: 12:35 a.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 44,141
  • Game weather: 79°F • S 10 • Partly Sunny
  • Referee: Woods, M.
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Tom Werme, James Bates
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2014 W, 62–0

at Duke[edit]

Pittsburgh at Duke
1 234Total
Panthers 10 977 33
Blue Devils 3 0720 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–9 2018 W, 54–45

at Syracuse[edit]

Pittsburgh at Syracuse
1 234Total
Panthers 10 1403 27
Orange 3 377 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
39–31–3 2018 W, 44–37

Miami (FL)[edit]

Miami (FL) at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Hurricanes 3 706 16
Panthers 3 333 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–26–1 2018 L, 3–24

at Georgia Tech[edit]

Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Panthers 10 703 20
Yellow Jackets 0 730 10
  • Date: November 2
  • Location:
    Bobby Dodd Stadium
    Atlanta, GA
  • Game start: 4:05 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 41,219
  • Game weather: 61°F • calm • cool, bright
  • Referee: Riley Johnson
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Tom Werme, James Bates, Kelsey Wingert
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–5 2018 W, 24–19

North Carolina[edit]

North Carolina at Pittsburgh
1 234OTTotal
North Carolina 7 30170 27
Panthers 3 14737 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–10 2018 L, 35–38

at Virginia Tech[edit]

Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Hokies 14 707 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–10 2018 W, 52–22

Boston College[edit]

Boston College at Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Eagles 6 7103 26
Panthers 0 973 19
  • Date: November 30
  • Location:
    Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Game start: 3:35 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:03
  • Game attendance: 40,889
  • Game weather: 41°F • 5 mph E • cold, cloudy
  • Referee: Riley Johnson
  • TV announcers (ACCN): Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–13 2014 W, 30–20

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR RV NR RV RV NR RV RV RV RV NR NR  
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV NR RV RV NR NR  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR Not released

Coaching staff[edit]

2019 Pittsburgh Panthers football staff
Coaching Staff
  • Pat Narduzzi – Head Coach
  • Charlie Partridge – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line
  • Mark Whipple – 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
  • Chris Beatty – 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]

2019 Pittsburgh Panthers football roster

Quarterbacks

  •  3 Jeff George Jr. – Redshirt Senior (6'3, 215)
  •  8 Kenny Pickett – Junior (6'2, 220)
  • 12 Nick Patti – Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 210)
  • 15 Justin Sliwoski – Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 195)
  • 17 Davis Beville – Freshman (6'5, 210)
  • 18 Eli Kosanovich – Freshman (6'2, 195)

Tailbacks

  •  4 Daniel Carter – Freshman (5'10, 220)
  • 21 A.J. Davis – Junior (6'0, 215)
  • 22 Vincent Davis – Freshman (5'8, 170)
  • 23 Todd Sibley Jr. – Redshirt Sophomore (5'9, 220)
  • 39 Kyle Vreen – Redshirt Junior (5'10, 180)

Fullbacks

  • 40 Grey Brancifort – Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 240) LS
  • 41 Jake Zilinskas – Redshirt Junior (6'2, 230)
  • 43 Elias Myers – Freshman (6'3, 215)
  • 48 Peyton Deri – Redshirt Junior (6'1, 220)

Wide Receivers

  •  2 Maurice Ffrench – Senior (5'11, 200)
  •  5 Tre Tipton – Redshirt Senior (6'0, 190)
  •  6 Aaron Mathews – Senior (6'4, 220)
  •  9 Michael Smith – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 215)
  • 11 Taysir Mack – Redshirt Junior (6'2, 200)
  • 14 Will Gipson – Freshman (6'2, 175)
  • 18 Shocky Jacques−Louis – Sophomore (6'0, 180)
  • 19 V'Lique Carter – Sophomore (5’9, 170)
  • 27 Gavin Thompson – Freshman (6'0, 175)
  • 29 Joshua Junko – Freshman (6'0, 190)
  • 34 Jacob Hunsinger – Freshman (6'2, 185)
  • 35 Isaiah Stewart – Freshman (6'2, 185)
  • 46 Michael Vardzel – Redshirt Junior (5'11, 190)
  • 80 Cameron O'Neil – Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 200)
  • 82 Jared Wayne – Freshman (6'3, 190)
  • 83 John Vardzel – Redshirt Freshman (5'10, 185)
  • 85 Garrett Bickhart – Redshirt Sophomore (6'5, 220)
  • 88 Dontavius Butler−Jenkins – Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 210)

Tight Ends

  • 10 Will Gragg – Redshirt Senior (6'4, 250)
  • 16 Jake Cortes – Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 235)
  • 19 Jake Zilinskas – Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 230)
  • 28 Kyi Wright – Freshman (6'2, 240)
  • 44 Jason Collier – Freshman (6'5, 285)
  • 81 Jim Medure – Redshirt Senior (6'2, 235)
  • 84 Grant Carrigan – Redshirt Sophomore (6'7, 280)
  • 86 Nakia Griffin-Stewart – Redshirt Senior (6'5, 260)
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 52 Kenny Rainey III – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 325)
  • 53 Jake Kradel – Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 300)
  • 54 Rashad Wheeler – Redshirt Junior (6’3, 285)
  • 55 Chase Brown – Redshirt Senior (6’5, 305)
  • 56 Brandon Ford – Redshirt Junior (6’5, 310)
  • 57 Gabe Houy – Redshirt Sophomore (6'6, 305)
  • 59 Carson Van Lynn – Redshirt Sophomore (6’5, 290)
  • 60 Owen Drexel – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 295)
  • 61 Brian Burgess – Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 295)
  • 66 Shane Murphy – Freshman (6'4, 270)
  • 67 Jimmy Morrissey – Redshirt Junior (6’3, 305)
  • 68 Blake Zubovic – Redshirt Freshman (6’4, 315)
  • 70 Nolan Ulizio – Redshirt Senior (6'5, 320)
  • 71 Bryce Hargrove – Redshirt Junior (6’4, 305)
  • 72 Liam Dick – Freshman (6'7, 300)
  • 74 Jerry Drake Jr. – Redshirt Sophomore (6’5, 315)
  • 76 Matt Goncalves – Freshman (6'6, 305)
  • 77 Carter Warren – Redshirt Sophomore (6'5, 315)

Defensive Linemen

  •  2 David Green – Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 285)
  •  5 Deslin Alexandre – Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 270)
  •  6 John Morgan – Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 250)
  •  8 Calijah Kancey – Freshman (6'0, 270)
  • 10 Keyshon Camp – Redshirt Junior (6’4, 285)
  • 16 Nate Temple – Freshman (6'4, 225)
  • 17 Rashad Weaver – Redshirt Junior (6’5, 265)
  • 25 Kaymar Mimes – Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 245)
  • 34 Amir Watts – Senior (6’3, 300)
  • 45 Noah Palmer – Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 255)
  • 57 Bam Brima – Freshman (6'5, 235)
  • 58 Bryce Nelms – Freshman (6'5, 260)
  • 87 Habakkuk Baldonado – Redshirt Freshman (6’5, 235)
  • 90 DeAndre Jules – Freshman (6'2, 260)
  • 91 Patrick Jones II – Redshirt Junior (6’5, 260)
  • 92 Tyler Bentley – Redshirt Freshman (6’2, 305)
  • 95 Devin Danielson – Redshirt Freshman (6'1, 300)
  • 96 Chris Maloney – Redshirt Freshman (6’2, 245)
  • 97 Jaylen Twyman – Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 290)

Punters

  • 49 Ethan Van Buskirk – Redshirt Freshman (5'10, 215)
  • 96 Jared Campbell – Freshman (6'1, 190)
  • 98 Kirk Christodoulou – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 210)
 

Linebackers

  • 9 Saleem Brightwell – Redshirt Senior (6’0, 225)
  • 20 Wendell Davis – Redshirt Freshman (6’2, 245)
  • 23 Leslie Smith – Freshman (5'11, 195)
  • 24 Phil Campbell III – Redshirt Junior (6’1, 215)
  • 28 Kylan Johnson – Redshirt Senior (6'2, 230)
  • 29 Albert Tucker – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 220)
  • 30 Brandon George – Freshman (6'2, 235)
  • 32 Sirvocea Dennis – Freshman (6'1, 220)
  • 36 Chase Pine – Redshirt Junior (6’2, 255)
  • 38 Cam Bright – Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 220)
  • 44 Elias Reynolds – Redshirt Junior (6’2, 240)
  • 47 Kyle Nunn – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 225)
  • 48 Jackson Henry – Redshirt Freshman (6’2, 235)
  • 52 Jack Hansberry – Redshirt Freshman (6’1, 220) LS

Defensive Backs

  •  3 Damar Hamlin – Senior (6’1, 195)
  •  4 Therran Coleman – Redshirt Junior (6’0, 205)
  •  7 Jazzee Stocker – Redshirt Senior (6’2, 190)
  •  8 John Petrishen – Redshirt Senior (6’1, 210)
  • 11 Dane Jackson – Redshirt Senior (6’0, 190)
  • 12 Paris Ford – Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 195)
  • 14 Marquis Williams – Redshirt Freshman (5’8, 170)
  • 15 Jason Pinnock – Junior (6'0, 200)
  • 20 Paris Brown – Freshman (5'10, 190)
  • 21 Damarri Mathis – Junior (5'11, 190)
  • 22 Brandon Hill – Freshman (5'10, 205)
  • 25 A.J. Woods – Freshman (5'10, 175)
  • 26 Judson Tallandier – Redshirt Freshman (6'0, 185)
  • 27 Bricen Garner – Redshirt Junior (6’1, 190)
  • 31 Erick Hallett – Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 185)
  • 37 Brassir Stocker – Freshman (6'0, 185)

Placekickers

  • 91 Sam Scarton – Freshman (6'0, 170)
  • 97 Alex Kessman – Redshirt Junior (6'3, 190)
  • 98 Will Connelly – Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 215)

Long Snappers

  • 93 Brandon Hurst – Freshman (6'3, 195)
  • 94 Cal Adomitis – Junior (6'1, 230)

Source:[4]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clemson Favored to Continue ACC Football Championship Run". theACC.com. Atlantic Coast Conference. July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  2. ^ https://pittsburghpanthers.com/news/2019/1/16/pitts-2019-football-schedule-unveiled.aspx
  3. ^ https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/pittsburghpanthers.com/documents/2018/3/6/PITT_FB_Prospectus_18_COMPLETE_1_88_.pdf
  4. ^ "2019 Pitt Spring Roster", pittsburghpanthers.com, March 13, 2019.