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transformation adam bisnowaty

Does it feel like your career at Pitt has gone by quickly?
Bisnowaty: Yeah, these past five years have flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was moving in for training camp before my freshman season. Now that I'm here as a starter and team captain, it feels great to see how things worked out for the best. I'm really excited for my last season with this team and we're going to try to win a lot of games.

Academically, what are you studying right now?
Bisnowaty: I graduated with my communication degree and I'm working on my master's degree in health and fitness. I'd like to be a high school teacher and coach football.

I had a lot of mentors--teachers and coaches--who I looked up to growing up. I'd like to have that kind of positive impact on others in future generations.

How have you changed during your time here?
Bisnowaty: The biggest change is my hair. It went from a buzz cut to being well past my shoulders now. Two great friends of mine, former Pitt teammates Matt Rotheram and Ray Vinopal, told me that if I wanted to have more swag then I needed to grow my hair out. So I went out and did it.

And finally, would you like to share with the world how to pronounce your last name?
Bisnowaty: It's BIZ-NO-VOT-TEE. The "w" actually makes a "v" sound.

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transformation jenna potts

How have you changed as a player during your time at Pitt?
Potts: During my first year here, I was just coming off of an ACL injury so I hadn't played for ten months. I've grown a lot as a player and gained more skills. I wasn't very experienced before, but now I'm a four-year varsity starter.

I've also grown as an emotional leader on the court. I bring a lot of energy and I celebrate, whether I did something well or my teammates did something well. My team really relies on me to bring that energy and high spirits.

The coaching staff teaches us what the U.S. Women's National Team is being taught. That really helps us develop as players, because we are learning the best techniques and volleyball philosophy. I made the college national team this past summer, and I think that just shows how much I've improved since I've been here.

What has been your biggest accomplishment?
Potts: I am the all-time block assists leader at Pitt, which is cool and I didn't even realize it happened. I think my biggest accomplishment was making the Collegiate National Team, especially since I tried out the year prior. The second time I tried out, I made it and did really well there. It was really cool and so fun being there.

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Do you have any advice you would give to a future student-athlete?
Potts: Most people [on the team] are used to being the star, but once you get to college, it's not as easy. Usually you're not going to get an automatic start, which means you have to work harder. You also have to sacrifice some things which is something I didn't realize. But it's all worth it in the end.

Are you involved with anything else on or off campus?
Potts: Right now I'm an intern with 31 Street Studios, which is a production studio in the Strip District. It's one of the biggest studios east of Hollywood. I've had other internships too including one at the Pittsburgh Film Office. I really want to get into the television or film industry. My dream job is to be on the writing staff for a sitcom or late night talk show.

My internships taught me the importance of networking, especially in the entertainment industry. I also had to learn how to interact with people I didn't know, which pushed my comfort zone. You always have to talk to people and put your best face forward, because you never know who you're going to meet.

#VTvsPITT: Postgame Interviews - October 27, 2016

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Legends of the Game - Pitt vs. Virginia Tech: Rod Rutherford, Nov. 8, 2003

Five Facts about Rod Rutherford vs. Virginia Tech:

  1. The QB defeated VT in 2003 for one of Pitt's most memorable wins in recent memory.
  2. The No. 21 Panthers topped No. 5 Virginia Tech, 31-28, with ESPN College Gameday in attendance.
  3. Rutherford was 24 of 31 passing for 303 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
  4. He led a clutch game-winning 70-yard TD drive to put Pitt ahead for good in the final minute.
  5. It was Pitt's third straight win over VT, a streak the 2016 Panthers will try to replicate on Thursday.
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Viewing Guide

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Thursday, October 27

Pitt Football vs. Virginia Tech at 7:00 PM
Television: ESPN
Radio: 93.7 The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Women's Soccer at North Carolina State at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Friday, October 28

Pitt Swimming and Diving vs. Buffalo at 4:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Men's Soccer vs. Virginia Tech at 6:00 PM
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Women's Volleyball vs. North Carolina State at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Cross Country at ACC Cross Country Championships | Cary, North Carolina | All day
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch Women's | Watch Men's
Fan Guide: 2016 ACC Cross Country Fan Guide
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Sunday, October 30

Pitt Women's Volleyball vs. North Carolina at 1:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

transformation kevin murray

How have you managed to become a successful student and Division I athlete?
Murray: "Time Management- lots of time management. We have many great facilities here and great advisors who keep us on track. They give you the tools, and all you really have to do is work hard on and off the field - especially in the classroom. It's not as hard as it seems, it's just a lot of hours of work. And you have to keep organized."

How have you changed/grown as a player since freshman year?
Murray: "Physically, I've gotten a lot stronger, even though I'm not the most talented. But I've definitely grown mentally. The game is light years faster than it was at the club or high school level. It took at least a year to get used to it. I got tossed into the mix pretty much right away as a freshman, so I got to learn on my feet. That was also one of the reasons I came here was that I could play right away. Growing mentally is the biggest thing - having to think smarter and make quick decisions on the ball."

"It was a learning curve and a lot of stresses early on, but that's why the coaches are there. The coaches are always there challenging you mentally, making you think two steps ahead. My challenge here is trying to focus for 90 straight minutes, and it's finally coming together here toward the end of the season and my career."

What has been your biggest accomplishment?
Murray: "Being a four-year letterwinner was awesome. There aren't too many of us any more - at least in the 'old' era. There might be one or two, so it's nice to be a four-year starter. That's a personal victory for me."

If you were to give any advice to incoming student-athletes, what would you say?
Murray: "I'd give two pieces of advice. First is specific to the men's soccer team, trust everything the coaches are saying. They are smarter than you, they know what they're doing and they've won national championships. Second, pick a school you can go to without playing sports. You never know if you're going to tear an ACL or not be able to play. A lot of my roommates had to quit the team, but stayed at school because they absolutely loved Pitt. If I were ever to be out for the year, I'd stay here because it's the best school- I love it."

transformation taylor francis

How have you grown as a leader on the team?
Francis: "I've always had a very strong, dominant personality. I think growing up over the past four years, I've definitely learned how to use my personality, lead others, be a better role model and really focus on what I'm doing as a person and how others take it. I've also learned how to constructively help other people and not come off as cocky, but actually use the knowledge and experience I've gained over the past four years and help convey it to everyone else. On the field, I'm a huge competitor and always have been, but more so now because I have a ton of experience. Through my play and practice, I can now help other people bring their best and always give 100 percent."

Do you have any highlights or defining moments of your soccer career at Pitt?
Francis: "During our final home game at senior night, it was a really cool for game for me. I was playing against one of the girls I played club soccer with since I was five. She took a shot in the last seconds of my final game on the field and it was a big time save for me. That was awesome. Just being able to do that against someone I've known since I was five, in a place that I love and that has made me who I am today."

What role has academics played durin your time at Pitt?
Francis: "Academics are important to me, and my GPA is really important. When school isn't going right, then nothing is going right for me. So just having the tutors here and knowing that there is someone else here to talk to aside from my professors and TA's who actually understand that I'm an athlete and have time constraints is a huge part of why I was successful as a student."

Your final season is just about over, but do you have anything else you're looking forward to this year?
Francis: "I'm really looking forward to being a 'normal' student. I've loved being a student-athlete, it's made me who I am, but I've never really experienced Pitt as a school, not having commitments time wise. And the school is the whole reason I came here - soccer played a bit of a part, but I fell in love with the university. So I'm really excited to experience Pitt without all of the time constraints and craziness that is involved with athletics."

Miss anything this week? We have you covered! Check out this week in review with Pitt Athletics' top social media moments:

Baseball

Basketball

Young Named to Karl Malone Award Watch List. Full release available at PittsburghPanthers.com

A photo posted by Pitt Men's Basketball (@pitt_mbb) on

Cross Country, Track and Field

Football

One week from tonight... #BeatVT #H2P See you at Heinz Field next Thursday!

A video posted by Pitt Football (@pitt_fb) on

Gymnastics

Photo day! #H2P

A photo posted by Pitt Gymnastics (@pitt_gym) on

Soccer

Softball

Swimming and Diving

Tennis

Morning liftβœ”οΈ #H2P

A photo posted by Pitt Women's Tennis (@pitt_wten) on

Volleyball

Wrestling

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Viewing Guide

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Tuesday, October 18

Pitt Men's Soccer at Cleveland State at 7:00 PM
Television: ESPN3
Online: Watch

Thursday, October 20

Pitt Women's Soccer vs. North Carolina at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Friday, October 21

Pitt Swimming and Diving at Virginia at 1:00 PM
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Men's Soccer vs. Virginia at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Women's Volleyball vs. Notre Dame at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Sunday, October 23

Pitt Women's Soccer vs. Duke at 1:00 PM
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Women's Volleyball vs. Louisville at 3:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra/RSN
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

#PITTvsUVA: Postgame Interviews - October 15, 2016

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Pitt Athletics Social Scoop: October 8 - 14, 2016

Miss anything this week? We have you covered! Check out this week in review with Pitt Athletics' top social media moments:

Baseball

Last week of fall ball... #views #H2P #pittscript #pittisit

A photo posted by Pitt Baseball (@pitt_base) on


Basketball

Cross Country, Track and Field

Football

Gymnastics

Soccer

Beautiful night for some soccer! #H2P

A photo posted by Pitt Men's Soccer (@pitt_msoc) on

Softball

Congratulations to former standout Maggie Sevilla on earning 2015-16 NFCA/Easton Scholar-Athlete honors! #H2P

A photo posted by Pitt Softball (@pitt_sb) on

Swimming and Diving

Tennis

Volleyball

Wrestling

Officially back😬 #H2P

A photo posted by Pitt Wrestling (@pitt_wres) on

 

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