Pittsburgh will enter Sun Life Stadium tomorrow with a 5-6 record on the season. They are 2-2 on the road this season with wins against Boston College and FIU and losses against Virginia and North Carolina. Lets take a closer look at them.
QB: Chad Voytik is only a sophomore but is having a solid season for the Panthers. He's completing 63-percent of his passes for 1,877 yards, 14 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. He also has 400 yards rushing and two scores on the season. Voytik doesn't have the best arm talent in the world but he makes good decisions with the football and is athletic enough to make things happen with his legs.
RB: James Connor is one of the best young running backs in all of college football. At 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, he's a massive back who has gone for 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns on the season. With just four catches for 30 yards on the season, he's not much of a threat in the passing game. He ranks right up there with Amir Abdullah from Nebraska as the best back the Canes will face this season.
WR: Tyler Boyd is far and away Pitt's top wide receiver. At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, the talented sophomore has ideal size and has created mismatch problems for a lot of opposing defenses this season. He has 64 catches for 1,077 yards and seven scores on the season. He'll be one of the best wide receivers the Hurricanes have faced all season. The next closest receiver has just 201 yards on the season.
TE: J.P. Holtz is a solid tight end who can catch it and block. He is second on the team with 18 receptions and has 166 yards and three scores.
OL: The Panthers have gotten solid offensive line play all season and they're led by senior right guard Matt Rotherman. At 6-foot-5 and 335 pounds, he's having a tremendous season for the Panthers and has a lot of experience. He's probably been their best lineman on the season. Converted defensive end T.J. Clemmings is the most talented player in the group. At 6-foot-6, he's their left tackle and does a nice job protecting Voytik in the pocket. This unit is excellent in run blocking but has some holes in pass pro. They've given up 20 sacks on the season.
DL: The ends are David Durham and Shakir Soto. Soto is more of a run guy and Durham is considered the better pass rusher but with three sacks on the season, don't expect him to give Miami fits like Mario Edwards or Eli Harold and Max Valles did last week. The Panthers have a pair of juniors on the interior and neither one is considered a difference maker.
LB: All three linebackers are active and they're led by the two outside guys -- Todd Thomas and Anthony Gonzalez. They're tied for the team lead with 67 tackles and have combined to make 9.5 stop behind the line of scrimmage. They're both seniors who have lots of experience and typically come to play every week.
DB: The top cover guy at corner is Lafayette Pitts. A junior this season, Pitts has two interceptions and four pass breakups. Ray Vinopal is a hard-hitting safety who has 55 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles on the season. The talented senior will be among the top safeties the Canes have faced this season.
ST: Kicker Chris Blewitt is 14-for-19 on the season with a long of 49 yards. He's also had two kicks blocked. Ryan Winslow is averaging 40.1 yards per punt. The top return guy is Boyd, who doubles as both a punt and kick return guy for the Panthers.