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Pitt Football Positional Preview: The Defense

The Panthers return seven starters on defense


Rosters Set for the 2015 Blue-Gold Spring Game on Saturday

Pitt held its inaugural Spring Game draft on Wednesday

2015: Played in 12 games, serving on special teams and as a reserve linebacker…had three tackles on the season (one each in the Akron, Virginia and North Carolina games).

2014: Joined Pitt as a transfer from Stony Brook...did not play in any games under NCAA transfer guidelines.

AT STONY BROOK (2013): Played in six games, starting two at running back for Stony Brook University, an FCS program...rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 46 carries (4.6 avg.)...had four receptions for 33 yards (8.2 avg.)...led team with 199 kickoff return yards on 11 attempts (18.1 avg.)...also averaged 5.5 yards on six punt returns (33 total yards).

AT CINCINNATI (2011-12): Played in 21 career games as a running back and special teams performer at Cincinnati...had 57 rushes for 227 yards (3.9 avg.) and two touchdowns in two seasons for the Bearcats.

HIGH SCHOOL: Selected All-State Class AAA by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers (first team)...Pennsylvania Football News All-Class AAA...rushed for 1,724 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior, finishing his career at Bishop McDevitt as the school's all-time leader with 84 total touchdowns...finished his prep career with 4,832 rushing yards...played under Coach Jeff Weachter...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic.

PERSONAL: Jameel Poteat, born 1/19/93, is the son of Jamil and Linda Poteat...cousin of former Pitt standout cornerback Hank Poteat (1996-99), who played 10 NFL seasons...administration of justice major.

Jameel Poteat

Jameel  Poteat

RS Senior

Harrisburg, Pa.

High School:
Bishop McDevitt

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 215


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