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Transformation Kelly Burak

How have you changed/grown as an athlete during your time at Pitt?
Burak: I changed not necessarily work ethic but how much it matters to work hard for your team. I came from a gym that didn't have an actual team. I've changed in the way I practice so it's just not for me anymore, it's for my team. I'm one of the three captains this year. I try to be an effective leader through my actions academically, socially and physically in the gym. I'm trying to be the best role model I can be.

Do you have a favorite moment?
Burak: Winning the EAGLs Championship. Throughout the whole process, we didn't really expect to win it. But as the meet went on, we were getting closer and closer to winning. As soon as the last score went up, we were all crying - bursting into tears. There's a picture of me jumping up in to the air because it was just so exciting. It was a great moment to have with my whole entire team. We all worked so hard for it.

What does this experience mean to you?
Burak: It means the world. When I was little, I would come to the Pitt Gymnastics meets all the time. I'm a local kid, so this was the closest college gymnastics program around. I was somewhat serious about gymnastics when I was about eight, and my main goal in life at that time was to be one of the Pitt Gymnastics girls. I still have laminated posters and a scrapbook of the girls on the team with all of their autographs from when I was little, it's kind of embarrassing. I just strived to be one of them.

Now that I can say I am one of those girls is such a great feeling. One of my favorite things is to talk to the little girls, take pictures and sign autographs, because I know how much it means to them. That's what I love doing at the end of competitions.

Transformation Tracey Pearson

How have you managed to be a leader of this team?
Pearson: As a leader, I feel like it's really important to establish a relationship with the girls, especially the new ones. Everyone is different, and these girls are new to the team, so I want to help prep the girls and let them know what we are capable of doing. We are EAGL Champs and we can do it again - it wasn't a fluke. Establishing that and the connection is really important. I feel like as a team leader, I've done a really good job at talking to the girls and constantly keeping them motivated.

Do you have a favorite moment or accomplishment?
Pearson: There is nothing like the very first time you walk out there as a Panther. As a freshman, the very first time you walk out on that floor is thrilling. My biggest accomplishment would have to be making it to regionals.

How have you managed to become a successful student and DI athlete? Pearson: Academic Support and Life Skills combined. With both of those, I've learned time management. You have to know when it's time to turn on the brain for school and when it's time to go to practice. Life Skills put me in the position I am for my post-undergrad years. They've helped obtain me an internship with PNC which turned into a full-time job after graduation.

Main goal heading into final year?
Pearson: I want to enjoy everything. Every moment I want to take it in and not necessarily get upset that this is it, but enjoy it and be happy. I've come such a long way and have been doing gymnastics for so long, I want this to be my best season yet.

The season so far is going great. In the gym, we are ahead of any of the other seasons I've been here. We are a lot healthier and stronger than past years and our endurance is definitely up to par.

Viewing Guide_Jan 2

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Monday, January 2
Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Miami at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Wednesday, January 4
Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Virginia at 9:00 PM
Television: RSN
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Thursday, January 5
Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Boston College at 7:00 PM
Television: RSN
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Saturday, January 7
Pitt Swimming & Diving vs. West Virginia at 10:00 AM
Television: ACC Network Extra
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Pitt Men's Basketball at Syracuse at 12:00 PM
Television: ACC Network
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Pitt Gymnastics vs. Ohio State at 6:30 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
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Sunday, January 8
Pitt Women's Basketball at Louisville at 4:00 PM
Television: RSN (Click here for a listing of RSN affiliates)
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Viewing Guide Dec. 26

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Wednesday, December 28
Pitt Football vs. Northwestern at 2:00 PM
Television: ESPN
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Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Marshall at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Thursday, December 29
Pitt Women's Basketball at Duquesne at 2:00 PM
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
Live Stats: GameTracker
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Saturday, December 31
Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Notre Dame at 2:00 PM
Television: ACC Network
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Tournaments
Pitt Wrestling | Midlands Championships | Thursday Dec. 29 & Friday Dec. 30 All Day
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Nathan Peterman Nathan Peterman Fast Facts

  • Peterman led the ACC and ranks ninth nationally in passing efficiency.
  • The senior QB has tossed for 26 TDs compared to just six interceptions.
  • Peterman was spectacular in the final three games, throwing for 12 TDs down the stretch.
  • His five-TD, no-INT game at Clemson helped the Panthers upset the No. 2 Tigers.
  • Peterman's 26 passing TDs this season rank fourth in Pitt history.

Ejaun Price Ejuan Price Fast Facts

  • Price leads the FBS with 1.8 tackles for loss per game.
  • Half of Price's 42 tackles this season have been behind the line of scrimmage.
  • The senior is also averaging 1.0 sacks per game to rank sixth nationally.
  • With 28.5 career sacks, Price is now fifth in Pitt football history.
  • The Woodland Hills product is just one career sack behind Aaron Donald.

Dorsett

Sugar Bowl | Jan. 1, 1977 | Superdome | New Orleans, La. | Pitt 27, Georgia 3

Five facts about the Sugar Bowl

  1. Pitt clinched its ninth national title with a dominant victory in the Sugar Bowl.
  2. The Panthers were led by Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett in the 27-3 win.
  3. Dorsett finished with a Sugar Bowl record 202 yards rushing in his final collegiate game.
  4. Pitt stormed out to a 21-0 halftime lead behind quarterback Matt Cavanaugh, the game MVP.
  5. Pitt finished its 12-0 season as unanimous national champions after the triumph.

Sugar Bowl 1977

Dorsett

Transformation Aysia Bugg

How have you changed as a player since you've been at Pitt?
Bugg: I've taken on much more of a leadership role - being more of a factor whether it be scoring or getting my teammates involved, defensively or whatever my team needs.

Even since my freshman year, we've really been thrown into the starting lineup pretty quick. My sophomore year, a lot of the seniors left, so a couple of us were forced to be the leaders. Even though we weren't ready, we took on that role. Coming into my junior year, I feel like I'm already a senior - I feel like I've been leading for three years. Showing my team mates the way - how to and how to not do things. I'm still learning myself. It's a learning process for everybody.

What has been your favorite moment so far?
Bugg: When they called our name on the screen (for the NCAA Tournament). They were in the last region and our name popped up - everybody was going crazy. All of the ESPN cameras were in our locker room and they were filming us. We really didn't know that we were going to get in. I think a lot of teams know they're going to get in, but we really had no idea. When they showed us on TV, we were jumping in the air, falling on the ground - it was great. I couldn't believe it. I was just excited. I didn't expect that.

How have you managed to become a successful student & DI athlete?
Bugg: Learning how to balance academics, athletics and social life. To succeed in academics and athletics, you need to find time for both. My time management skills have helped me successful most.

Pitt's Life Skills department has helped me with connections and internships. They also host the leadership conferences where they take a select few athletes from each team which helps us bond and get to know everyone else.

Do you have any advice to give to future student-athletes?
Bugg: Put the time in to everything, whether it be school or basketball. Even if basketball isn't something you want to do after college, just put the time in. If you want to be successful academically, put the time in. You're not just going to get good grades, put the time in and get the results you want.

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Monday, December 19
Pitt Women's Basketball vs. UTEP at 6:00 PM
Radio: KDKA-FM HD3 | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tuesday, December 20
Pitt Women's Basketball vs. McNeese State at 6:00 PM
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Wednesday, December 21
Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska-Omaha at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Darrelle Revis, current New York Jets cornerback

Revis

Revis Fast Facts

  • Revis starred at Pitt from 2004-06, earning first team All-Big East twice
  • Was drafted by the New York Jets in the 1st Round in 2007, 14th overall
  • Spent his first six season in New York and was selected to four Pro Bowls
  • Then played for Tampa Bay (2014) and New England (winning a Super Bowl in 2015)
  • Returned to the New York Jets this season and has started 12 games

Curtis Martin, former New York Jets running back & NFL Hall of Famer

Curtis Martin

Martin Fast Facts

  • Rushed for over 1,000 yards at Pitt in 1993
  • Started his NFL career with New England but made his name in New York with the Jets
  • Starred for the Jets from 1998-2006, tallying seven straight seasons with 1,000+ yards
  • Finished his NFL career with 14,101 rushing yards, which currently ranks fourth all time
  • His No. 28 was retired by the Jets and he entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012

Other Panthers who have played in Super Bowls for New York NFL teams:

  • Henry Hynoski, New York Giants, FB, Super Bowl XLVI champion
  • Keith Hamilton, New York Giants, DT, played in Super Bowl XXXV
  • Matt Cavanaugh, New York Giants, QB, Super Bowl XXV champion
  • Tom Flynn, New York Giants, S, Super Bowl XXI champion
Transformation Chris Jones

What does this experience mean to you?
Jones: It means everything. It has put me through so much and has shaped the person I am today. It's not always going to be easy and it'll be tough at some times as well, but it puts you through trials and tribulations that can shape who you are.

How have you changed as a player during your time at Pitt?
Jones: I think I have a lot more knowledge of the game now. Just knowing where to be on the court offensively and defensively. My body has definitely changed a lot in terms of strength.

Chris Jones

How have you managed to be a successful student and DI athlete?
Jones: I have been able to perform pretty well on the court and luckily I have already gotten my degree, so I have definitely had success in both.
One of the largest things I took from the Life Skills program is how to manage my money. I feel like that has helped me a lot with saving my money once I'm done here.

Best advice you were given or any advice you have to give to future student-athletes?
Jones: The best advice I've been given is whatever you're going to do in life, don't do it because others are doing it but do it because you want to. Advice that I have for future student-athletes would just be to buy in to what your coaches are saying. They may be tough on you but they really do want to help you.

Do you have a favorite moment?
Jones: I don't have one single moment, but just coming in here and getting to play in front of the Oakland Zoo is definitely my favorite. They are an amazing crowd and give us so much energy, especially during the ACC games. It's been fun.

 

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