Coach Chryst has 15 practices scheduled beginning March 5.
The Panthers face the No. 4 Fighting Irish this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Pitt defeated Temple 47-17 on Saturday afternoon
Pitt defeated the Owls 47-17 Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field
Dan Mason named Pitt "Athlete of the Week"
Pittsburgh vs. Temple
2011: Did not play in any games...was limited in his practice participation while focusing on rehabilitation from a complex right knee injury sustained in September 2010.
2010: Pitt's starting middle linebacker at the beginning of the year, Mason was limited to just three games due to a significant right knee injury sustained in the Miami game (Sept. 23)...was awarded a medical redshirt...had 16 tackles on the season...had a season-high seven tackles in the opener at Utah.
2009: Played in all 13 games, starting three...had 26 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, two sacks and an INT...made two starts at MLB (Navy and NC State) for the injured Adam Gunn...also made a start at Will linebacker against North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl...made a key play in Pitt's bowl victory when he intercepted a UNC pass on the goal line late in the first half to turn back a scoring threat...earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Navy, when he had a season-high 11 tackles and two sacks in the first starting assignment of his career.
High School: SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American who compiled more than 200 tackles over his junior and senior seasons at Penn Hills...rated the country's No. 8 middle linebacker prospect by Scout...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...as a senior Mason had over 100 tackles with 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery...three-year starter who led Penn Hills to a combined 24-11 (.686) mark and three trips to the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs, including a title game berth as a sophomore...in addition to linebacker, was also a tough blocker as a starting fullback...linebacker MVP at the State College NIKE Camp...rated one of the country's top 20 linebacker prospects by Rivals and SuperPrep...rated the No. 6 overall prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep and No. 8 by Rivals...played under Coach Ron Graham...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...also a wrestling and track and field letterman.
Personal: Daniel Jaron Mason, born 4/3/91, is the son of Dereke and Carol Mason...has two brothers...brother Terry McCall played running back and defensive back at Robert Morris University (1996-99)...administration of justice major.
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Three Pitt players named Wuerffel Trophy candidates
Pitt's Bisnowaty Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List