In the third and final segment of a three part series, I'll be grading the 2004 Pittsburgh Panthers special teams. Stay tuned for a complete Panther overview. Heading into the 2004 season....
July 28, 2004
Panther kicker David Abdul, injured in a car crash on Feb. 7th, has returned home from the hospital on Monday and is in good spirits. <br><br> "I'm feeling better," says Abdul, who currently needs a walker to get around because the cut on his right hand prevents him from using crutches.
February 18, 2004
Pittsburgh has some serious question marks it must deal with -- particularly its offensive and defensive lines. <br><br> In last week's 20-14 loss to Notre Dame, Pittsburgh allowed eight sacks and created no running room against the Fighting Irish, who held the Panthers to eight rushing yards on 27 attempts.
October 15, 2003
The Pitt offense couldn't handle the smothering Notre Dame defense and Pitt fell to 3-2 on the season. Heisman Trophy candidate Larry Fitzgerald finished with 5 catches for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns and extended his touchdown reception streak to 11 games, but he was all the offense that Pitt could muster.
October 13, 2003
There hasn't been this much excitement surrounding the Pitt program since the days of quarterback Dan Marino, and before that since Tony Dorsett prowled the Pitt campus.<br><br> Pitt enters the season ranked in the Top Twenty in most preseason polls and even making an appearance in the Top Ten in a few polls.
September 1, 2003
Special teams played a major role in the outcome of three games last season. Everyone remembers the swinging-gate situation against Texas A&M that cost the Panthers a chance to take the game into overtime. David Abdul had an outstanding 4-field goal performance against Boston College, including the game-winning 42-yard field goal in overtime.
February 28, 2003