Transcript from Friday's scrimmage
The second-year Pitt coach announced three new assignments.
Pitt hosts Gardner-Webb at Heinz Field this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Panthers held a morning workout on Thursday.
The 2012 NFL draft will be held in New York City from April 26-28.
Owning four decades of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels, Jim Hueber enters his third season as Pitt's offensive line coach.
Hueber's line has overcome depth and injury challenges the past two years to help the Panthers earn consecutive bowl berths. Showing significant growth and resolve, the unit is a source of optimism in 2014 with the return of four starters.
In his initial season at Pitt, Hueber's 2012 offensive line helped the Panthers produce a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher, the first time in school history that combination was achieved in the same season. Center Ryan Turnley enjoyed an exceptional senior year and was selected All-Big East, the first Pitt center to earn that designation in 12 seasons.
Prior to Pittsburgh, Hueber served five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10) and helped tutor three Pro Bowlers while working with the offensive line. The Vikings' offensive front played a key role in helping Brett Favre enjoy a career season in 2009. The unit also paved the way for Adrian Peterson's 296 rushing yards vs. San Diego in 2007, an NFL single-game record.
Prior to working in the NFL, Hueber spent 33 years in the collegiate ranks, including an exceptional tenure under Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin (1992-2005), where he helped the Badgers evolve into a national power. During his time at UW, the Badgers posted a 112-57-4 overall record, while winning three Big Ten titles and three Rose Bowls.
Hueber oversaw the development of three first team All-Americans on Wisconsin's offensive line: Aaron Gibson, Chris McIntosh and Joe Thomas. Each player would go on to be a first-round NFL Draft selection. Thomas was Cleveland's first-round pick in the 2007 draft (third player taken overall) and has been voted to seven consecutive Pro Bowls -- the first Browns player since legendary running back Jim Brown to make it in each of his first seven seasons.
In 1999, Hueber's group helped Badgers Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne become college football's all-time leading rusher with 6,397 yards.
Prior to UW, Hueber coached the offensive line at the University of Minnesota for eight seasons (1984-91). Hueber's offensive linemen helped running back Darrell Thompson become the Gophers' all-time leading rusher with 4,654 yards.
During his college coaching tenure, Hueber has worked with four Hall-of-Fame head coaches: Barry Alvarez, Wayne Hardin, Lou Holtz and Willie Jeffries (a former Pitt assistant).
Hueber had additional college coaching stops at Memphis State University, Temple, Wichita State, Dodge City Community College and Cincinnati, where he earned his master's degree in physical education.
Hueber played college football at the University of South Dakota, graduating from USD in 1971. He was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at his high school alma mater, Philadelphia's Northeast Catholic, in 2009.
Hueber and his wife Nancy have four children: sons Jeffrey, Jonathan and Joseph, and daughter Kristy. Joe Hueber is a football recruiting assistant with the Panthers, while Kristy works in the Pitt ticket office.
|BORN||August 14, 1948|
|ALMA MATER||South Dakota, 1971|
|FAMILY||Hueber and his wife Nancy have four children: Sons Jeffrey, Jonathan and Joseph, and a daughter Kristy.|
|COLLEGE COACHING EXPERIENCE|
|CINCINNATI, 1974||Graduate Assistant|
|DODGE CITY CC, 1975-78||Offensive Coordinator & Offensive Line|
|WICHITA STATE, 1979-80||Offensive Line|
|TEMPLE, 1981-82||Offensive Line|
|MEMPHIS STATE, 1983||Offensive Line|
|MINNESOTA, 1984-91||1984-88, Offensive Line; 1989-91, Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Tight Ends|
|WISCONSIN, 1992-2005||1992-94, Running Backs; 1995-2005, Offensive Line|
|PITTSBURGH, 2012-Present||Offensive Line|
|PROFESSIONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 2006-10||Offensive Line Assistant|
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