Transcript from Wednesday's practice
Panthers and Florida State to kick off 2013 campaign in just 18 days
Coach Chryst has 15 practices scheduled beginning March 5.
The Panthers continued their preseason preparations on Tuesday.
Pitt begins practice under Paul Chryst on Thursday, March 15.
Pittsburgh vs. Gardner-Webb - AP Photo Gallery
Pittsburgh vs. Youngstown State (9/1/12)
Images from the annual culmination of spring practice, held on April 14 at North Hills' Martorelli Stadium
2014: Played in three games as a reserve defensive tackle...had one stop on the year (at North Carolina).
2013: Played in 11 games as a reserve defensive tackle...had one tackle on the season (vs. Florida State).
2012: Played in seven games as a reserve defensive tackle and had three stops on the season...had one tackle in the Youngstown State, Gardner-Webb and Ole Miss (BBVA Compass Bowl) games.
2011: Played in eight games as a true freshman reserve linebacker...had six tackles, 1.5 TFLs and a sack on the year...had a season-high two stops and a five-yard sack in the Cincinnati game.
HIGH SCHOOL: All-Central Florida performer who totaled 78 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions as a senior at Dr. Phillips...finished as school's all-time leader in fumble recoveries with 10 for his career...listed No. 15 on the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida "Super60"...All-Orange County... rated one of the top 105 prospects in Florida by SuperPrep...SuperPrep All-Dixie Team...rated one of the nation's top 25 middle linebackers by Scout...led Dr. Phillips to a 14-1 record and berth in the Florida Class 6A championship game as a senior...team went 35-4 his final three seasons, winning three consecutive Metro Conference championships, three consecutive district titles and one regional championship...team also had a 28-game regular-season winning streak...played under Coach Dale Salapa...an all-state performer in track...letterman for basketball team that went 27-6 and finished as the state runner-up.
PERSONAL: LaQuentin Jermaine Smith II, born 9/16/92, is the son of Rhonda Jackson and LaQuentin Smith Sr....has three sisters and two brothers...administration of justice major.
Pitt Football Positional Preview: Special Teams
Pitt's Conner Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List
Pitt Football Positional Preview: The Defense
Pitt's Conner Named Preseason Doak Walker Award Candidate
Three Pitt players named Wuerffel Trophy candidates
Pitt's Bisnowaty Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List