Pitt's Darius Patton Collapses At Practice

Head coach Todd Graham confirms Darius Patton, after being rushed to the emergency room at UPMC Presbyterian, is alert and responsive, and is expected to be okay after collapsing during a non-contact drill at Pitt's Thursday practice.

Pitt freshman receiver Darius Patton was rushed to the emergency room at nearby UPMC Presbyterian one hour into Thursday's practice. Patton collapsed during a non-contact drill. Graham began his Thursday meeting with the media, by issuing the following statement.

"Darius Patton had to go to the E.R.," Graham said. "He's awake and alert, his vital signs are very good, and we're waiting for further information. We hope he's going to be fine.

"He's awake and alert. I don't want to say something about it that I don't know. All I wanted to know is that he was okay, and they told me that he was doing okay. He was alert and responsive, and that he was doing fine. That's all I know."

The University later released a statement, updating that Patton will be held at UPMC Presbyterian overnight for observations and that all initial indications are positive.

Patton, a 5-10, 170-pound receiver out of Poland, Ohio, committed to the Panthers' 2011 recruiting class on January 23. Aside from being a receiver, Patton is expected to be in the mix returning kickoffs for the Panthers this year.

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