Whitehead and Ollison tie for overall Rookie of the Year
The Panthers return seven starters on defense
Pitt defeats Louisville 45-34.
The Panthers traveled to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes on Saturday.
Redshirt freshman Qadree Ollison ran for 207 and Pittsburgh beat Youngstown State 45-37 to give Pat Narduzzi a victory in his head coaching debut.
Pat Narduzzi, Darryl Render and James Conner talked about the upcoming season at the event in Pinehurst, N.C.
2014: Played in 12 games, starting 11 at defensive tackle...missed the regular-season finale at Miami due to an ankle injury...totaled 32 tackles, six TFLs, two sacks, four PBUs and a forced fumble on the year...had a season-high five tackles with a 15-yard sack at Virginia...matched his season high with five stops against Georgia Tech and added a forced fumble...had a two-yard sack at FIU.
2013: Played in all 13 games, starting one (Nov. 2 at Georgia Tech)...saw time at both defensive tackle and nose tackle...totaled 25 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, a sack assist, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery...in his lone start of the season, had a career-high seven tackles at Georgia Tech and the first fumble recovery of his career (forced by Aaron Donald and recovered at the Pitt 39 to halt a Yellow Jackets drive)...had three tackles and a sack assist vs. Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
2012: Played in 11 games as a true freshman, starting one...totaled six tackles and 1.5 TFLs on the year...had a season-high three stops and 1.5 TFLs in a starting assignment vs. Gardner-Webb, replacing injured starter Aaron Donald at defensive tackle.
HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top defensive end prospects in the Midwest...compiled 86 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and four fumble recoveries as a senior at St. Edward...rated the No. 27 prospect in Ohio by Rivals and No. 36 by Scout...rated the nation's No. 31 strongside defensive end by Rivals...Northeast Lakes All-District honoree...helped team to an 8-4 record and the state playoffs his final year...as a junior, Render helped St. Edward to the state championship with a 15-0 record and No. 3 finish in the Rivals national high school team rankings...played under Coach Rick Finotti.
PERSONAL: Darryl Marcellus Render, born 10/15/93, is the son of Darryl and Cecilia Render...has one sister...is the nephew of Scottie Graham, who played running back at Ohio State and six seasons in the NFL, and became a spokesperson for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)...administration of justice major.
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Pitt hosts Thursday Night Showdown with Virginia Tech
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Johnson named ESPN.com Midseason All-American
LaSala Promoted to Associate A.D. for Football Administration
USA Today Lauds Ejuan Price and Quadree Henderson