Player Profile Series: NT Torlan Pittman

With fall camp nearing, the PS staff will profile all 22 projected starters throughout July. Today we take a look at senior nose tackle Torlan Pittman.

Torlan Pittman

Position: Nose Tackle

Size: 6-1, 285

High School: FB Hightower (TX)

Classification: Senior

2011 Review: After missing the entire 2010 season, Pittman had a productive junior year for the Mustang defensive line. Pittman did not have many sacks but consistently contributed in the run game and caused disruption in opposing backfields.

In the Mustang's 3-4 defense, the interior lineman have two gap responsibilities and therefore are expected to plug up holes to stop ball carriers and create space for linebackers to come up and make tackles.

Pittman did a good job of going head up with offensive lineman and reading blocks quickly to make plays. He would often fight against multiple blocks and created plays for his other teammates.

Pittman showed flashes of grit and power getting heavy penetration, disrupting handoffs, and causing opposing rushers to move laterally instead of hitting the hole full on.

By season's end, Pittman finished with 37 tackles, a sack and six tackles for loss. He started all 13 games for the Mustangs last year and earned the accolade of All C-USA Honorable Mention.

2011 Grade: B

Outlook for 2012: With the departure of fellow defensive linemen Taylor Thompson and Marquis Frazier, the defensive line will have tough shoes to fill next year. However, Pittman is one of four senior defensive linemen who are all ready to make an immediate impact.

Pittman, who will be the only returning starter on the line, will have to step up into a leadership role this season and help to set the tone for the rest of the line. Besides the aforementioned seniors, the Mustangs have nine other defensive lineman; seven of them being freshmen.

After coming off of easily his best season, Pittman is poised to have an even better one next year. With another year of experience, not only should Pittman improve on the field, but he will be teamed with the 6'8 275 pound stud that is Margus Hunt, and a hungry Kevin Grenier who tallied 4.5 tackles for loss as well as 3.5 sacks in 2010 before suffering an injury which kept him sidelined for most of the 2011 campaign.

If Pittman continues to progress, he should be in for a breakout senior season. He will also be helped tremendously by Taylor Reed and Ja'Gared Davis, who will be playing behind him once again.

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