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.
Pitt Football Newcomers Visit Mel Blount Youth Home
Jordan Whitehead Named a Candidate for the Paul Hornung Award
James Conner Selected for Doak Walker Award Watch List
Panthers Place Three on Wuerffel Trophy Watch List
Jordan Whitehead Placed on Jim Thorpe Award Watch List