2007 Scouting Report: Will be a prominent figure at tight end for the third consecutive season...lettered as the top reserve each of the last two years...tremendously gifted from a physical and athletic standpoint...built like a tight end with the nimbleness of a wideout...is a big target with soft hands and the ability to make the tough leaping grab.
2006: Played in 10 games, making four starts...had 15 catches for 171 yards (11.4 avg.) on the year...had three TD catches...matched his career high with four catches vs. Toledo (for 51 yards)...also had a one-yard TD catch vs. the Rockets...had four catches vs. Michigan State, totaling 32 yards...had three catches for 30 yards and a one-yard TD vs. Virginia...threw a 30-yard TD pass to LaRod Stephens-Howling on a gadget play vs. The Citadel... had a 19-yard TD catch at South Florida...missed two contests (Connecticut and West Virginia) due to a disciplinary suspension.
2005: Played in all 11 games and started two in his first season at tight end...had 16 receptions for 226 yards (14.1 avg.) and one TD...also had two 2-point conversion catches...had 59 receiving yards on a career-high four catches (14.8 avg.) at Rutgers and also added a two-point conversion catch...had a career-high 62 yards on three catches (20.7 avg.) versus Youngstown State...had three catches for 37 yards (12.3 avg.) and had a two-point conversion catch versus Cincinnati...scored his first career TD with an eight-yard catch versus South Florida.
2004: Played in all 12 games as a reserve receiver, making one start when Pitt opened in a four-receiver set at Notre Dame...had four catches for 58 yards (14.5 avg.) on the year...had a season-high two catches for 40 yards vs. Nebraska...his season-long catch of 31 yards came against the Cornhuskers...also had a pair of nine-yard catches vs. Notre Dame and Furman.
High School: All-Broward County and all-district honoree...two-year starter for perennial Florida power Plantation High...started at receiver as a junior and quarterback as a senior...threw for 1,330 yards and 17 touchdowns against just three interceptions as a senior...completed 63-of-109 passes (58%)...helped team to a two-year mark of 21-3 (.875) and back-to-back district championships and Florida 6A playoff berths...Plantation went 10-2 his senior season, reaching as high as No. 2 in the Florida rankings, and 11-1 his junior year...selected to play in the prestigious Broward-Dade County All-Star Game...rated one of the top 60 prospects in Florida by SuperPrep...SuperPrep All-Dixie Team...played under Coach Frank Hepler...also lettered in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Darrell Strong, born 5/21/86, is the son of Sherry Phillips...has one brother...administration of justice major.
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