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Two Minute Drill With Andrew Taglianetti

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Pittsburgh native, and senior DB Andrew Taglianetti discusses his pride for his hometown and his knack for blocking punts in the Two Minute Drill.  

Being a local guy, did you grow up a fan of Pitt football?

I've always been a fan of both the Pitt football and basketball teams. I used to go to all of the basketball games and I attended a lot of Pitt football youth camps.

Was it a goal of yours to play football at Pitt?

Being as close to here as I was, obviously you think to yourself it would be cool to play at Pitt one day. Fortunately I was given the opportunity to do just that and I couldn't pass it up.

What is your most memorable game at Pitt?

My freshman year we played the longest game in Notre Dame Stadium history and beat them in four overtimes. That was really cool. It was my first time at Notre Dame and being able to play as a freshman in that atmosphere was phenomenal.

Are there any players you try to model your game after?

I love the way Troy Polamalu plays. He plays recklessly and is all over the field.

There seems to be a lot of talk about your six blocked punts in your career. Is that something you enjoy being known for?

I take a tremendous amount of pride in special teams. My freshman year they put me in a couple of block situations and I was able to execute, and now I think when a lot of people hear my name with Pitt football the punt blocks kind of ring a bell.

What is your favorite part about playing at Heinz Field?

It's great to play where all of the NFL players play. It's also in a great part of the city being downtown and overlooking the river. We are definitely fortunate to be able to play there.

What has defensive backs coach Matt House brought to the program?

He truly loves the game and is a student of the game. He's always on top of everything. He keeps you on your toes and brings out the best in you. He sees the things you need to work on and makes sure you get it right. He's still a pretty young coach and I think he has a great career ahead of him.

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