Paul Chryst's reputation for getting results from quarterbacks in a short time took another big step on Saturday.
Chryst--who also coached transfer in Russell Wilson for one year at Wisconsin--worked with Tom Savage this past season. This after Savage sat out two years--transferring from Rutgers to Arizona, then sitting out a year. He joined the Pitt program two summers ago as a walk-on, having to sit out another year.< /p>
Saturday, Savage's roundabout way around the country led him to the Houston Texans, where he was chosen with the 35th pick of the fourth round, the 135th player chosen overall.
"It means a lot," Savage said, after being drafted. "I think it's a great organization, and I'm excited to just get in there're and start working."
The Texans, specifically head coach Bill O'Brien, were at Savage's Pro Day back in March. Savage could sense then, that there was some mutual interest.
"I've always felt real comfortable with Coach O'Brien," Savage said. "I was familiar with him when I was at Penn State. He's just a great coach, and I'm excited to get there."
It was exactly 1,024 days between the time Savage last saw the field at Rutgers in 2010, to the time he started Pitt's opener with Florida State in September. It's a remarkable transition, going from that long a span with no playing experience, now being the future of the Houston Texans franchise.
In just one year at Pitt, Savage threw for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdown passes.
"All the things that go into being a good quarterback," O'Brien said of Savage. "We're excited about working with this guy, and getting him into our program and teaching him how we do things offensively."
Just a few picks later, Savage's main target Devin Street was selected with the sixth pick of the fifth round, the 146th pick overall.
The Cowboys thought so much of Street, they decided to trade up to get him in the fifth round. They traded up from their initial spot at No. 158 (fitth round) and also gave up a seventh round pick./p>
Street was ecstatic going to the Cowboys, saying they were the team he wanted to go to.
"Dallas was my number-one choice," Street said, after being drafted. "I feel like they had a lot of faith in me at the combine, talking to them. I think everything happens for a reason, and I am blessed to go to such a great organization."
Street closed his Pitt career with 51 catches for 854 yards and seven touchdowns, finishing his career as Pitt's all-time leader with 202 career receptions.
"Coming to America's Team, it's the team I wanted to come to," Street added.
With Aaron Donald drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Rams, Pitt has three players selected in the 2014 Draft, its most since 2011, when five Panthers (Jon Baldwin, Dion Lewis, Jason Pinkston, Jabaal Sheard, Greg Romeus) were selected.