The Panthers return seven starters on defense
Pitt held its inaugural Spring Game draft on Wednesday
Coach Paul Chryst talks about Thursday's workout.
Pittsburgh vs. Iowa
Pitt goes on the road to take on FIU
Pittsburgh vs. Old Dominion (USATSI)
Panthers limit Cavaliers to just 188 yards of offense and a single field goal in 14-3 triumph.
AP Photos: Football vs. Rutgers
2014: Started all 13 games at cornerback...totaled 39 tackles, six PBUs and two interceptions...his two INTs tied for the team lead...had a season-high six tackles vs. Duke...had five tackles and an interception against Syracuse...his INT against the Orange came in the end zone, halting a scoring threat...intercepted a deep ball in the Iowa game, returning it 31 yards...had four tackles and a season-high two pass breakups at Miami...his final PBU against the Hurricanes came in the end zone on fourth down, allowing the Panthers to run out the final 3:27 in a 35-23 victory.
2013: Played in all 13 games, starting 12 at cornerback...totaled 44 tackles, three TFLs, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery...also had a team-high 439 kickoff return yards on 19 attempts (23.1 avg.) with a season-long return of 50 yards (vs. Notre Dame)...had a career-high seven tackles vs. Notre Dame...recovered an Irish fumble at the Pitt 6 after Ray Vinopal stripped receiver T.J. Jones of the ball following a 34-yard reception...had six tackles and a three-yard TFL vs. New Mexico.
2012: Started all 13 games at cornerback in his first active season...had 35 tackles, a team-high nine PBUs, an interception and a fumble recovery on the year...led Pitt and ranked third in the Big East with a 24.3-yard kick return average (30 returns for 729 yards)...had his first career interception against Rutgers, picking off Gary Nova's pass at the Pitt 12 and returning it 34 yards to halt a Scarlet Knights' drive...ripped a reception out of Temple wideout Deon Miller's hands for a forced fumble and fumble recovery, both the first of his career...had a season-high six tackles at Notre Dame...twice had a season-high two PBUs (Youngstown State and Notre Dame)...averaged a season-best 41.5 yards per kick return (two for 83 yards) against Gardner-Webb, including a personal-best 64-yarder...had a season-high 137 total kick return yards on five returns vs. Louisville (27.4 avg.).
2011: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: One of Western Pennsylvania's most coveted prospects...SuperPrep All-American...standout at running back and cornerback for Woodland Hills...rushed for 1,758 yards on 218 carries (8.1 avg.) and scored 28 touchdowns...selected first team All-State Class AAAA by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers as an "athlete"...Pennsylvania Football News first team All-Class AAAA at defensive back...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...led team to a combined 21-6 mark (.778) his final two years, including back-to-back appearances in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game...Woodland Hills went 12-2 his junior year, winning the WPIAL title and advancing to the PIAA state quarterfinals...as a senior, team went 9-4 and reached the WPIAL title game again...played under Coach George Novak...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic (Pennsylvania vs. Ohio) and the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl all-star game that showcases players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C....rated the No. 12 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals and SuperPrep...rated the nation's No. 12 cornerback by Scout...rated the nation's No. 16 defensive back by SuperPrep.
PERSONAL: Lafayette E. Pitts, born 9/24/92, is the son of Marsha Pitts and Cliffton Carley...has five brothers and four sisters...is a cousin of junior defensive back Jevonte Pitts...earned his degree in administration of justice and is pursuing a second major in legal studies.
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