Panthers to face eight bowl teams from 2013
Five former Pitt players will showcase their talents in January.
Tino Sunseri passed for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
Pitt is 12-2-2 vs. current Southeastern Conference teams.
Ray Graham and Aaron Donald are two-time honorees
Ray Graham Interview
Ray Graham rushed for a pair of touchdowns.
AP Photos: Football vs. Rutgers
Pitt football takes on Uconn
Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame - AP Photo Gallery
Pittsburgh vs. Temple
2012: Selected first team All-Big East for the second consecutive season...rushed for 1,042 yards and 11 TDs on 222 carries (4.7 avg.) in 12 starts this year (missed BBVA Compass Bowl vs. Ole Miss due to hamstring injury)...totaled 11 career 100-yard rushing games, including 103 yards at Cincinnati, 109 vs. Temple, 172 at Notre Dame and 113 vs. Rutgers as a senior...finished second all-time at Pitt in career rushing yards (3,271) and all-purpose yards (4,943)...finished fifth all-time at Pitt with 216 career points on 36 TDs (tied with LeSean McCoy, 2007-08).
2011: Voted first team All-Big East by league coaches despite an injury-shortened year...a viable All-America candidate at midseason, Graham's exceptional junior campaign was cut short due to a right knee injury sustained early in the season's eighth game against Connecticut...finished with 958 yards and nine TDs on 164 carries (5.8 avg.) for the year...also had 30 catches for 200 yards (6.7 avg.)...prior to the injury, Graham was on a rushing pace that was second at Pitt only to the legendary Tony Dorsett's Heisman Trophy senior season in 1976...through seven games, Graham was second nationally and tops in the Big East in rushing yards per game (134.14 avg.)...sustained his injury on Pitt's first offensive series against Connecticut on Oct. 26...was named a "Midseason All-American" by Phil Steele and SI.com...named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against USF (226 rushing yards and two TDs)...rushed for 201 yards and three TDs vs. Buffalo in the opener...two-time Big East Offensive Player of the Week in 2011 (USF and Buffalo).
2010: Played in 12 games, starting two...rushed for 922 yards and eight touchdowns on 148 carries (6.2 avg.)...had 24 receptions for 213 yards (8.9 avg.) and two TDs...averaged 21.8 yards on 23 kick returns (501 total yards with a long of 54 vs. FIU)...ranked third in the Big East in all-purpose yards (136.3 avg.)...had TD runs of 64 (New Hampshire) and 79 yards (FIU)...in his first career start rushed for 277 yards and three TDs on 29 carries (9.6 avg.) vs. FIU...rushing yardage was the second highest in school history, trailing only Tony Dorsett's 303-yard performance against Notre Dame in 1975...totaled 374 all-purpose yards (78 yards on two kick returns and 19 yards on three receptions) vs. FIU, the most by an FBS player in 2010...his rush yards vs. FIU were the sixth most on the FBS level for the year...named Big East Offensive Player of the Week for his FIU performance...made 2010 debut vs. New Hampshire and had 115 yards on nine carries (12.8 avg.) with two TDs...missed opener at Utah due to preseason knee sprain (left) and played sparingly in final regular-season game at Cincinnati due to back spasms.
2009: Played in all 13 games as the top reserve at tailback...totaled 349 rush yards on 61 carries (5.7 avg.) and four TDs...also a primary kick returner and averaged 22.5 yards on 15 returns (long of 54 vs. Rutgers)...had a season-high 88 yards on 11 carries (8.0 avg.) vs. USF...had a dazzling 53-yard run, highlighted by spin moves and cut backs, vs. Notre Dame to set up his own 2-yard TD...totaled 57 yards on just three carries (19.0 avg.) vs. the Irish...had 75 yards on 12 carries (6.3 avg.) and a five-yard TD at Louisville...had 53 yards on eight carries (6.6 avg.) vs. Connecticut...averaged 32.7 yards on three returns (98 total yards) at Rutgers.
High School: Big-play all-purpose back who earned PrepStar All-America honors...rated one of the top five prospects in New Jersey and the country's No. 11 all-purpose back by Rivals...first team All-New Jersey Group 4...first team All-Union County...Union County Player of the Year...New Jersey Top 100...rushed for 1,592 yards and averaged nine yards per carry at Elizabeth...scored 24 touchdowns to lead Union County with 144 points...13 of his TDs came on plays of 40 yards or longer, while eight came on plays of 60 yards or more...sat out the entire fourth quarter in six of Elizabeth's 10 games...saw limited time as a junior due to a preseason collarbone injury but returned late in the year and rushed for 750 yards and scored 12 touchdowns in Elizabeth's final four games...rushed for 1,290 yards and 13 TDs as a sophomore...four-year letterman who helped Elizabeth to a 30-12 mark (.714) during his varsity career...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...rated the No. 14 prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep...played under Coach Chet Parlavechio...selected to play in the New Jersey-Northeast All-Star Classic, which features players from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland...Graham was also an All-Union County point guard for Elizabeth's basketball team...student council.
Personal: Raymond E. Graham, born 9/18/90, is the son of Raymond and Nyla Graham...has three brothers and four sisters...brother Khaseem Greene is a senior linebacker at Rutgers...father played football at Purdue (1988)...uncles Malik and Jamil Jackson played at Rutgers (1990-93)...communication major.
Pitt held off by No. 25 Virginia Tech, 39-36
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Pitt hosts Thursday Night Showdown with Virginia Tech
FOX Names Price and Henderson Midseason All-Americans
Johnson named ESPN.com Midseason All-American
LaSala Promoted to Associate A.D. for Football Administration