2008 Scouting Report: A special teams staple the past two seasons...embodies the blue-collar spirit those units thrive on...was voted special teams captain by his teammates for the 2007 season...ranks among Pitt's toughest players regardless of size or position...joined team as a walk-on in 2004 but was awarded a scholarship prior to last season...will move to strong safety to supplement that position's depth after previously working at receiver...excellent student who was named to the Big East All-Academic Football Team last year.
2007: Played in all 12 games to earn his second letter...had 11 tackles...played on kickoff cover, punt return and kickoff return units...had a season-high two tackles in three separate contests, including Grambling, Syracuse and Rutgers...was selected Pitt's Most Improved Special Teams Player by the coaching staff.
2006: Played in all 12 games on special teams to letter...saw time on the kickoff and punt return teams...had three tackles.
2005: Played in three games on the punt return unit (Syracuse, Connecticut and West Virginia)...was a scout team standout, earning Special Teams Prep Player of the Year honors from the coaching staff. 2004: Joined team as a walk-on and redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Two-time All-ECIC...Honorable Mention All-Western New York...had 42 receptions for 745 yards (17.7 avg.) and six TDs as a senior...also had 58 tackles and an interception at safety...Williamsville East's Outstanding Athlete...three-year football letterman... played under Coach Henry Fumerelli...also lettered in basketball and lacrosse...finished his lacrosse career ranked fourth in school history in goals scored...founded S.P.E.A.K. (Students Promoting Equality Acceptance Knowledgeably)...Inter-High Council Vice President.
Personal: Austin Tyler Ransom, born 4/17/86, is the son of William and Harriet Ransom...has one brother... graduated this past April with a bachelor's degree in communication and rhetoric...currently enrolled in Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Football Completes 2018 and 2019 Non-Conference Slates
Narduzzi Announces Five Mid-Year Additions to Pitt's 2017 Roster
Pitt Selected as a Finalist for Coach's Play Call of the Year
Pitt Falls to Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl
Panthers Ring Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange
Panthers Practice for Final Time as Bowl Game Nears