Pitt is 12-2-2 vs. current Southeastern Conference teams.
The Panthers are coming off an impressive 21-point rout of Rutgers.
Panthers defeated the Scarlet Knights 27-6
Pitt looks to bolster its postseason hopes and hand Rutgers a league loss.
Pitt visits Rentschler Field on Friday for a national ESPN2 game.
Cam Saddler Interview
Images from the annual culmination of spring practice, held on April 14 at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium
Images from the culmination of spring practice.
2012: Played in 11 games, starting two...had 16 catches for 229 yards (14.3 avg.) and one TD...had career-high 82 receiving yards (on five catches) vs. Gardner-Webb...Pitt's leading punt returner, averaging 7.4 yards on 17 returns (126 yards)...had a season-long punt return of 31 yards vs. Notre Dame (matching his career long set at Syracuse in 2010)...also a primary kickoff returner and averages 19.7 yards on six kick returns (118 yards)...had a season-long kick return of 28 yards vs. Cincinnati.
2011: Played in eight games, starting seven...suffered a fractured sternum against Connecticut Oct. 26 on the longest reception of his career (40 yards) and was sidelined for the remainder of the season...had 19 catches for 207 yards (10.9 avg.) and one TD on the year...posted career highs in the USF win with six catches for 68 yards...had a 30-yard TD catch at Iowa off a gadget-play pass from receiver Ronald Jones.
2010: Played in all 13 games as a return man and reserve receiver...had seven catches for 33 yards and one TD... averaged 20.9 yards on 22 kick returns (460 yards) and 10.5 yards on 25 punt returns (263 yards)...punt return average ranked third in the Big East and 24th nationally...averaged career-best 15.2 yards per punt return vs. Rutgers (5 for 76)...career-long 31-yard punt return vs. Syracuse set up a short TD drive (22 yards), giving Pitt the lead for good, 14-7, in the second quarter...had career-high four catches vs. New Hampshire, including one for a two-yard TD.
2009: Played in 11 games, missing two due to injury...averaged 25.3 yards on 25 kick returns (633 yards)...averaged 11.7 yards on three punt returns (35 yards)...had three receptions for 41 yards (13.7 avg.) and one TD...also rushed twice for 15 yards (7.5 avg.)...had two kick returns for 81 yards (40.5 avg.) with a long of 42 at West Virginia...scored first career TD at NC State, taking a screen pass 13 yards for a score...also had a career-long 47-yard kick return vs. the Wolfpack...had Pitt's longest punt return of the season on a 21-yarder in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against North Carolina...the return set up a short Pitt TD drive (45 yards) in the second quarter, giving the Panthers a 10-7 lead...coaching staff Special Teams Player of the Game for the Buffalo contest...had 80 yards on three kick returns (26.7 avg.) vs. the Bulls...limited to one kick return for 42 yards and an 11-yard punt return at Louisville due to a left ankle injury, which forced him to miss subsequent Connecticut and Rutgers games.
2008: Took a redshirt after suffering a torn left ACL during the opening week of training camp.
High School: Rated the No. 8 all-purpose player in the country by Rivals...considered one of the best kick returners in WPIAL history, returning seven kickoffs for touchdowns over his final two seasons at Gateway, one short of a national record...despite teams rarely kicking to him his senior year, Saddler averaged 30.7 yards per kick return and 25.1 yards per punt return...rushed for 1,706 yards on 236 carries (7.2 avg.)...as a senior, compiled 2,299 all-purpose yards and 31 touchdowns, including 24 rushing, three receiving and four on returns (two kickoffs and two punts)...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team) in the specialist category...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...three-year starter at Gateway, playing running back and defensive back...led Gateway to a 24-11 mark (.686) during his career, including three WPIAL Class AAAA playoff berths...the Gators went 11-2 his senior season, capturing the "Big East" Conference championship and advancing to the WPIAL title game...scored on a hook-and-lateral play in the waning seconds of the WPIAL title game to force overtime...the TD was named ESPN's "Play of the Month" for November 2007...rated Pennsylvania's No. 10 prospect by Rivals, No. 12 by Scout and Keystone Recruiting and No. 18 by SuperPrep...rated No. 35 on Scout's East Top 100 list...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...PrepStar All-East Region...rated the nation's No. 27 running back by Scout...played under Coach Terry Smith...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic.
Personal: Cameron George Saddler, born 9/27/89, is the son of George and Darlene Saddler...has three sisters and one brother...is an uncle of former Pitt basketball All-American DeJuan Blair, who starred for the Panthers from 2007-09 and played for the San Antonio Spurs the past three years...his other nephew, Greg Blair (DeJuan's younger brother), plays football at the University of Cincinnati...communication major.
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