December 2013 Archives
Fresh off his MVP honors at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, freshman RB James Conner spoke with Trib Live Radio's Kevin Gorman. James talked about his record-breaking performance, his physicality and cutting off his long hair.
Happy holidays and Merry Christmas from Pitt Athletics. The Pitt football team received a special visit from Santa at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl during the team and staff's holiday dinner.
Your Pitt Panthers hit the road later today to travel to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Mich., where they will take on the Falcons of Bowling Green on Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. on ESPN. We'll have updates for you throughout the week on Pitt Live Wire, @GoPittFootball on Twitter
and the Pitt Facebook page
, but until then take a look at a compilation of highlights from the 2013 season.
The University of Pittsburgh's Division of Student Affairs'
honored Assistant Athletic Director of Student Affairs and former Pitt student-athlete, Penny Semaia, with the
Art Ramicone Unsung Hero Award. The award is to recognize Semaia's
inspirational leadership and steadfast commitment to supporting the Division of
Student Affairs in their ongoing efforts to provide students with the best
collegiate experience in the world.
defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named a first team
All-American by the Associated Press.
The NCAA uses five All-America squads to determine consensus and unanimous
status: AP, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers
(FWAA), Sporting News and Walter Camp. Aaron has already been named to three
of these squads (first-team selection by AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp.)
The other two teams will be announced this week.
last Pitt player to be a unanimous first-team All-American was wide
receiver Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.
last Pitt defensive player to be a unanimous first-team
All-American was defensive end Hugh Green in 1980. (Green was also
unanimous in 1979.
players have earned unanimous status 13 times (11 different players - Green and
Bill Fralic [1983-84] were two-time unanimous picks).
Sporting News All-America Team
Walter Camp All-America Team
The complete 2013 AP All-America Team:
Quarterback -- Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, Florida
Running backs -- Andre Williams, senior, 6-0, 227, Boston College; Ka'Deem
Carey, junior, 5-10, 196, Arizona.
Tackles -- Jake Matthews, senior, 6-5, 305, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio,
junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama.
Guards -- Cyril Richardson, senior, 6-5, 340, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, 6-5,
Center -- Bryan Stork, senior, 6-4, 300, Florida State.
receivers -- Brandin Cooks, junior, 5-10, 186, Oregon State; Mike Evans,
sophomore, 6-5, 225, Texas A&M.
end -- Jace Amaro, junior, 6-5, 260, Texas Tech.
player -- Jordan Lynch, senior, 6-0, 216, Northern Illinois.
-- Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 203, Florida State.
-- Michael Sam, senior, 6-2, 255, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, 6-5, 250,
-- Aaron Donald, senior, 6-0, 285, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior,
6-1, 288, Arizona State.
-- Anthony Barr, senior, 6-4, 248, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, 6-2, 238, Alabama;
Ryan Shazier, junior, 6-2, 230, Ohio State.
-- Darqueze Dennard, senior, 5-11, 197, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior,
5-8, 190, Florida State.
-- Cody Prewitt, junior, 6-2, 220, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, 6-1,
198, Washington State.
-- Tom Hornsey, senior, 6-3, 210, Memphis.
-- Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M.
backs -- Tre' Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington.
-- Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan.
-- Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su'a-Filo, junior, UCLA.
-- Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma.
receivers -- Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno
end -- Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina.
player -- Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford.
-- Anthony Fera, senior, Texas.
-- Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State.
-- Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina.
-- Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland,
-- Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU.
-- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor.
-- Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M.
-- A.J. McCarron, senior, Alabama.
backs -- Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska.
-- Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn.
-- John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin.
-- Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn.
receivers -- Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior,
end -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington.
player -- Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU.
-- Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern.
-- Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech.
-- Ra'Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, Southern
--Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos
Allen, senior, Michigan State.
-- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida.
Safeties -- Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas
-- Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho.
Continuing to add to his tally of honors and awards, on Tuesday senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the CBSSports.com Defensive Player of the Year
and a unanimous first team selection
Tonight marks the end of Aaron Donald's whirlwind tour as it comes to a close at the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. We're all hoping for a sweep of awards tonight as Aaron has already taken home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
and the Rotary Lombardi Award
. Tonight he is a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, both given out on the awards show which airs live on ESPN from 7-9 p.m.
Prior to the show, there will be a Red Carpet Special on ESPNU beginning at 6 p.m. and Aaron will be interviewed live during that hour. Additionally, following the show, turn back to ESPNU for the awards postgame show.
Continue to come back to Pitt Live Wire throughout the night and into tomorrow for rolling coverage from our Pitt Live Wire staff on the scene in Orlando. Good luck to Aaron and Hail to Pitt!
Video compliments of CBS Sports Network.
On Monday night, senior DT Aaron Donald became the first Pitt player since 1980 to win a national defensive award when he took home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the top defensive player in the country. Aaron won trophy No. 2 on Wednesday night when he traveled to Houston for the Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony. The ceremony, which honors the nation's top lineman or linebacker, was broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network and featured finalists Donald, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.
To talk about his Nagurski Trophy win and his week full of travel, Aaron appeared on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan's morning show with hosts Gregg Giannotti and Jim Colony and guest, Steeler Larry Foote. The conversation ranged from his approach on the field, to how it felt to win the Nagurski Trophy, to the quality of food at the banquets and advice for Aaron as he looks to his NFL career. Listen to the entire podcast here.
Aaron also spoke with Trib Live Radio's Dejan Kovacevic on Wednesday live from Houston prior to his appearance at the Rotary Lombardi Award Banquet and spoke about his awards, the team's upcoming Little Caesars Pizza Bowl appearance and his thoughts on the NFL. Listen to the entire podcast here.
One down, three to go! Pitt senior DT Aaron Donald is your 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. Congratulations, Aaron!
This week, Aaron is going to be traveling the country as he is a finalist for four national awards. Monday night's stop was Charlotte, N.C., for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, handed out to the top defensive player in all of college football. Check out some behind the scenes interviews with not only the man of the hour, AD, but hear from his parents as well. The emotion and excitement is real and I hope you come along with us for this journey!
men's basketball is set to host Penn State in the squad's first Big Ten/ACC Challenge on
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. Learn everything you need
to know about the Panthers before ever entering the Petersen Events Center with
this digital game program. To get you ready for the game, we have highlights from the Panthers' win over Duquesne on Saturday in the City Game.
game will be broadcast on ESPNU or you can listen online at SportsRadio 93.7 FM
The Fan or follow
are reminded that you are able to pass along your tickets to friends and
family, sell them online or donate to a charity if you are unable to attend
through the Panthers' digital ticketing system. The Panthers Ticket
Office opens 2 hours prior to tipoff of the Pitt vs. Penn State game and will
call and game day ticket sales (if available) are located at the outside
windows at the front of the building.
to the Petersen Events Center arena will open 2 hours prior to tipoff for the
Penn State game and a free shuttle service begins operating three hours prior
to game time.
all men's basketball contests, the Campus View Club opens 90
minutes prior to tip-off during the regular season. For ACC games with a
tip-off of 6 p.m. or later, the Club will open two hours prior to tip-off. For
ACC games with a tip-off earlier than 6 p.m., the club will open 90 minutes
the official Pitt Athletics app on your iPhone, iPad or Android for free, and follow along with
the game on gametracker, check out rosters and the upcoming schedule, or browse
the numerous other features. Fans can also access live audio and video with a
paid, in-application upgrade.
additional information on all men's basketball game day reminders, visit Game Day Central.
Pitt freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd and his
spectacular diving catch against North Carolina this season is up for the ACC's
Must See Moment of the 2013 season. Voting is going on now through
the Pitt all-time freshman receptions leader on Friday against Miami. Entering
the game needing just two catches to surpass Larry Fitzgerald's record of 69 catches in 2002, Boyd finished with nine catches for 98 yards and one
touchdown. Boyd now has 77 catches on the season. He also reached the
1,000-yard milestone when he caught his seventh touchdown of the season in the
game's final seconds. With 1,001 receiving yards this season, Boyd is the first
Panther to achieve that feat since Jon Baldwin in 2009.
You've asked for them so here they are -- Aaron Donald's 2013 season highlights. It was tough to cut down, but here are the best in 11 minutes and 30 seconds of the Pitt senior star DT.
2012 Basketball Media Day,
2012 football season,
2012 men's basketball,
2012 training camp,
2012-13 men's basketball,
2012-13 women's basketball,
2013 men's basketball,
2013 men's soccer,
2013 spring camp,
2013 track and field,
2013 training camp,
2013 Training Camp,
2013 women's soccer,
2013-14 men's basketball,
2013-14 women's basketball,
2014 NFL Draft,
2014 Pitt Football,
2014 Pitt Football Training Camp,
2014 Pitt Men's Basketball,
2014 Pitt Volleyball,
2014 Pitt Wrestling,
2014 spring football,
2014 Spring Football,
2014 track and field,
2014-15 Pitt Men's Baskeball,
2014-15 Pitt Men's Basketball,
2014-15 Pitt Women's Basketball,
93.7 FM The Fan,
93.7 The Fan,
A Football Story,
ACC Digital Network,
ACC Football Kickoff,
ACC Media Day,
AD Trophy Tour,
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,
BBVA Compass Bowl,
behind the scenes,
Big Ten/ACC Basketball Challenge,
Caption That Photo,
Delaware Blue Hens,
Dessert Tasting for a Cause,
Did You See That,
Dontez Ford. Paul Chryst,
Duke Blue Devils,
Football Postgame Coverage,
Former Panther Greats,
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets,
Getting To Know,
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank,
Hometown vs. Hunger,
IAAF World Championship,
Jack R. Anderson,
Jimmy Kimmel Live,
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl,
Live Wire Courtside,
Live Wire Field Pass,
Live Wire Film Room,
Live Wire Flashback,
Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair,
Mel Blount Youth Home,
Mount St. Mary's,
Name That Player,
New Mexico Lobos,
NIT Season Tip-Off,
Oklahoma City Thunder,
Pack the Pete,
Panthers From The Past,
Panthers Mic'd Up,
Petersen Events Center,
Pink the Petersen,
Pitt Fans Tell Us,
Pitt Live Wire,
Pitt Live Wire Extra,
Pitt men's basketball,
Pitt Mobile Network,
Pitt Panthers Television,
Pitt Track and Field,
Pitt women's basketball,
Pittsburgh Greater Community Food Bank,
Pro Football Hall of Fame,
Rotary Lombardi Award,
Season Ticket Renewal Winners,
Shake It Off,
Summer Selfie Series,
Swim and Dive,
The City Game,
The Fish Report,
The Panther Pitt,
Top 10 Countdown,
Track and Field,
Trib Live Radio,
Two Minute Drill,
University of Pittsburgh,
Varsity Letter Club,