Saturday marked the first day of full pads
Ezell looks to leave final impression of Pitt football as a fifth-year senior
The second-year Pitt coach announced three new assignments.
The Panthers had a full-gear practice on Thursday afternoon.
The Panthers held one afternoon practice on Tuesday.
Inoke (pronounced ee-NO-kay) Breckterfield, a two-time All-Pac-10 defensive lineman at Oregon State, enters his third year on the Pitt staff.
Coaching the Panthers' defensive tackles, Breckterfield injects the same energy and relentlessness he displayed as a player. Although slightly undersized for the position, he enjoyed a highly productive career relying on toughness, technique and preparation.
Pitt's Aaron Donald, the nation's most decorated defensive player in 2013, readily credited his individual film-study sessions with "Coach Nokes" in helping to elevate his game. A unanimous first team All-American, Donald finished as the NCAA statistical champion in tackles for loss, averaging an FBS-best 2.2 per contest. He also ranked 13th nationally in sacks (0.85 avg.) and 13th in forced fumbles (tied, 0.31 avg.).
Donald was selected the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. He was also named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and media, making him one of the most decorated players in Pitt football history.
Donald went on to be a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, going 13th overall to the St. Louis Rams.
Breckterfield came to Pittsburgh after coaching the defensive line at UCLA in 2011. The Bruins played in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game and received an invitation to San Francisco's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Prior to UCLA, Breckterfield coached the defensive line at Montana during the 2010 season. The Grizzlies ranked first in the Big Sky Conference and 14th nationally in tackles for loss (7.64 per game), and second in the league and 18th nationally in sacks per contest (2.64). The year prior to Breckterfield's arrival in 2009, Montana ranked 103rd and 88th in those categories, respectively.
A tenacious defensive end at Oregon State, Breckterfield finished his collegiate career as the Beavers' career leader in tackles for loss (55.5) and sacks (19.5). As a senior in 1998, he was named an Associated Press All-American (third team) and the Pac-10's Morris Trophy Award recipient as the top defensive lineman in the league as voted on by Pac-10 offensive linemen. Breckterfield additionally was named Oregon State's Male Athlete of the Year and played in the prestigious Hula Bowl all-star game.
Breckterfield was twice named the Beavers' Most Valuable Player. He was the team's Defensive Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
Following his OSU career, he played five seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts (1999-2000) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2001-03). In Breckterfield's initial season with Winnipeg, the Blue Bombers advanced to the Grey Cup final after posting a franchise-best 14-4 mark and tying a CFL record with 12 consecutive wins.
Breckterfield began his coaching career under Mike Riley, his former head coach, at Oregon State. Joining the Beavers as a volunteer assistant in 2006, Breckterfield went on to serve as a graduate assistant in 2007 and '08 working with the defensive line. The 2008 Beavers finished with a No. 18 ranking after going 9-4 with a victory over Pitt in the Sun Bowl.
Following his graduate assistantship with Oregon State, Breckterfield landed his first full-time post as defensive line coach at Weber State in 2009, helping the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the Big Sky.
Breckterfield earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Oregon State. He and his wife Carol have three sons, Kalevi and twins Rocky and Riley.
|BORN||April 25, 1977|
|ALMA MATER||Oregon State, 2007|
|FAMILY||Breckterfield and his wife Carol have three sons, Kalevi and twins Rocky and Riley|
|OREGON STATE, 2007-08||Graduate Assistant/Defensive Line|
|WEBER STATE, 2009||Defensive Line|
|MONTANA, 2010||Defensive Line|
|UCLA, 2011||Defensive Line|
|PITTSBURGH, 2012-Present||2012, Defensive Line; 2013-Present, Defensive Tackles|
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