PANTHERS KICKOFF SEASON AGAINST E. TENNESSEE ST.

PANTHERS KICKOFF SEASON AGAINST EAST TENNESSEE STATE

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.

 

Prediction…

Pitt – 40

East Tennessee State - 10


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