The Pittsburgh Panthers will take the field against East Tennessee State Saturday to start what should be an exciting season. East Tennessee State returns 7 starters on offense, including 4 out of 5 offensive lineman, plus both starting wide receivers and running back. On defense they return 5 starters, including 3 defensive linemen. Among their top newcomers are 3 transfers from NC State. The Panthers defense should be their strength with All-American candidates in Bryan Knight, Ramon Walker and Gerald Hayes. Although Pitt returns 6 starters on offense and 10 starters on defense, they will be starting 6 players that have never started at their current starting positions. Those players include Raymond Kirkley, a true Freshmen RB, Rob Petitti, a redshirt Freshmen left tackle, Mike Bosnic, a 5th year Senior at right tackle, Torrie Cox a Junior at cornerback, Lewis Moore, a Sophomore at linebacker, and it's a battle between Darrell McMurray, a redshirt Sophomore, and Dan Stephens, a redshirt Freshmen, to start at defensive tackle. Panther fans remember the battle Division 1-AA Villanova gave our team a few years back, so everyone should be excited for this kickoff game in brand new, state of the art, Heinz field.
Pitt – 40
East Tennessee State - 10