The Panthers return seven starters on defense
Panthers have two spring practices remaining
James Connor ran for 102 yards and a touchdown while Tom Savage threw for 313 yards and two scores.
Pitt takes on Akron at home
Football vs. Bowling Green -- Little Caesar's Bowl
Panthers limit Cavaliers to just 188 yards of offense and a single field goal in 14-3 triumph.
Pittsburgh vs. Florida State
2014: Honorable Mention All-ACC selection by league coaches...started all 13 games at Sam linebacker for the second consecutive season...team's leading tackler with a career-high 81 stops...added five TFLs, one sack, two PBUs and a fumble recovery...had a season-high nine tackles vs. Akron...had eight tackles in the North Carolina and Syracuse contests...had seven stops and a four-yard sack at Boston College...had his first career fumble recovery at FIU.
2013: Started all 13 games at linebacker (12 at Sam linebacker and the opening game at Will)...finished third on the team with 79 tackles and added 3.5 TFLs...had two double-figure tackle performances: a career-high 11 stops (all solo) at Syracuse and a 10-tackle effort vs. Virginia...led the linebacker unit with five pass breakups and had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown...his "pick six" at Duke provided what turned out to be the winning points, putting Pitt up 58-41 with 8:30 left in an eventual 58-55 win...with Pitt protecting a 28-21 lead and Notre Dame threatening at the Panthers' 38 with 2:33 remaining, Gonzalez broke up a pass on 4th-and-10, allowing Pitt to run out the clock.
2012: Played in nine games, starting one...began the season as a reserve safety but moved to linebacker in November when injuries depleted Pitt's depth...made the first start of his collegiate career at Sam linebacker in the BBVA Compass Bowl vs. Ole Miss and had a season-high five tackles...totaled 10 tackles and a nine-yard sack on the season...recorded his sack at Connecticut.
2011: Played in 10 games to letter in his first active season...contributed as an H-Back and occasional Wildcat quarterback...had nine receptions for 58 yards (6.4 avg.) and also rushed eight times for 36 yards (4.5 avg.) and a TD...his rushing touchdown (17 yards) came against Syracuse while serving as the QB in the Wildcat package...rushed six times for 36 yards against the Orange...had a season-high three catches at Iowa (for 13 yards)...had season-best 29 yards receiving (on two catches) at Rutgers.
2010: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Compiled 5,311 yards in total offense and 61 touchdowns over his final two seasons at Liberty...despite missing two-plus games with a knee injury that required surgery his senior year, Gonzalez had more than 2,000 yards in total offense, rushing for 1,210 yards and 10 touchdowns, while throwing for 824 yards and 15 TDs...also was a standout safety...was selected first team All-State Class AAAA by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers in the defensive "all-purpose" category as a senior...was named the Associated Press Class AAAA Player of the Year as a junior when he rushed for 1,697 yards and 24 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,580 yards and 12 scores...also had 96 tackles and three interceptions that year...led Liberty to a 15-1 record and the PIAA Class AAAA championship his junior season...perhaps his most remarkable performance occurred in the '08 state final, when he rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns, threw for a score and also intercepted a pass in overtime to clinch Liberty's 28-21 victory over Bethel Park...The Express-Times 2008 Player of the Year...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...SuperPrep All-American...rated the country's No. 11 quarterback by SuperPrep and No. 13 by Scout...rated the nation's No. 13 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals...rated Pennsylvania's No. 7 overall prospect by SuperPrep, No. 10 by Scout and No. 12 by Rivals...PrepStar All-East Region...played under Coach Tim Moncman...also was a standout basketball player at Liberty, earning The Express-Times All-Area first-team honors in that sport.
PERSONAL: Anthony Ramon Gonzalez, born 7/6/91, is the son of Nancy Mojica and Jesus Rodriguez...has two sisters...communication major.
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