Pitt is 12-2-2 vs. current Southeastern Conference teams.
The Panthers are coming off an impressive 21-point rout of Rutgers.
Panthers defeated the Scarlet Knights 27-6
Panthers defeated Rutgers 27-6 on Saturday afternoon
Pitt looks to bolster its postseason hopes and hand Rutgers a league loss.
Ray Graham rushed for a pair of touchdowns.
Pittsburgh vs. Temple
Pittsburgh vs. Gardner-Webb - AP Photo Gallery
Images from the culmination of spring practice.
2012: Played in 10 games, starting the last six...finished the season with 36 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble...had the most productive game of his career in the BBVA Compass Bowl vs. Ole Miss, totaling a personal-best 13 tackles along with two TFLs and an 11-yard sack...in first career start, had six tackles and a personal-best three TFLs vs. Temple...at USF, had four tackles, an eight-yard sack, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
2011: Played in one game (Maine) and had an assisted TFL.
2010: Played in two games (Utah and New Hampshire).
2009: Played in seven games to letter...had three tackles on the season.
2008: Redshirted as a true freshman...impressed on the scout team and was named Pitt's Defensive Prep Player of the Year...moved from linebacker to defensive end at the conclusion of his freshman season.
High School: Enjoyed a highly accomplished career at Gateway...first team All-USA selection by USA Today...SuperPrep All-American...PrepStar "Dream Team"...Scout.com All-American...rated one of the nation's top 50 overall prospects by SuperPrep (No. 21), Scout (No. 38) and PrepStar (No. 44)...rated the nation's No. 2 linebacker prospect by SuperPrep and No. 3 defensive end prospect by Scout...selected to play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he announced his decision to attend Pitt during NBC's live telecast...two-time first-team selection to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team...rated Pennsylvania's No. 3 overall prospect by SuperPrep, No. 4 by Scout, No. 5 by Keystone Recruiting and No. 6 by Rivals...rated No. 7 on Scout's East Top 100 list...three-year starter at Gateway... played defensive end and linebacker his senior season and compiled 114 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups...was also a devastating blocker at fullback...led Gateway to a 24-11 mark (.686) during his career, including three WPIAL Class AAAA playoff berths...the Gators went 11-2 his senior season, capturing the "Big East" Conference championship and advancing to the WPIAL title game...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...played under Coach Terry Smith...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...also a track and field letterman...Student Leader committee.
Personal: Shayne D. Hale, born 6/23/89, is the son of Cassandra Hale and Timothy Blakeman, and grandson of Lehretta Wilson-Hale...has two sisters...earned his bachelor's in social sciences and is pursuing a second degree in administration of justice.
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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
USA Today Lauds Ejuan Price and Quadree Henderson