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.
Andrew Taglianetti Interview
2012: Played in all 13 games, starting two...totaled 38 tackles, two PBUs and a forced fumble...had a season-high seven tackles vs. Syracuse...finished career as Pitt's all-time leader with six career blocked punts...named to the Big East All-Academic Football Team for the third consecutive season.
2011: Played in all 13 games at safety, starting the last six contests of the year...totaled 49 tackles, two PBUs, two fumble recoveries, an interception, one forced fumble, one sack and a blocked punt...had a career-high eight tackles vs. Syracuse and the game-clinching INT with 2:28 left...blocked punt came in the Utah game and was returned by Antwuan Reed 10 yards for a touchdown...it was Pitt's first score off a blocked punt since 1991 and gave Taglianetti a school-record six blocked punts for his career...also had seven tackles vs. Utah...had five tackles and two fumble recoveries at West Virginia...had a seven-yard sack against Notre Dame...named to the Big East All-Academic Football Team for the second consecutive season.
2010: Played in 11 games, contributing on special teams and as a reserve safety... had 15 tackles, one TFL and two blocked punts on the year...had career-high six tackles and a blocked punt vs. Kentucky in BBVA Compass Bowl...Pitt parlayed the block into a TD and 13-3 halftime lead...also had a blocked punt at USF... saw significant time in the secondary against Cincinnati and had three tackles and one TFL...named to the Big East All-Academic Football Team.
2009: Started opening two games at free safety before suffering a season-ending left knee injury at Buffalo...received a medical redshirt...had four tackles on the year...recovered a fumble on the kickoff cover unit at Buffalo that Pitt converted into a TD and 14-0 first-quarter lead.
2008: Played in all 13 games as a true frosh...had three blocked punts (Iowa, Notre Dame and Cincinnati)...additionally collected nine tackles and one fumble recovery...recovered a fumbled punt vs. Louisville...had a season-high two tackles against Iowa and Notre Dame...in addition to special teams, also served as a reserve free safety who saw time in specialized packages.
High School: Specialized in making big plays for Pittsburgh Central Catholic's undefeated state champion team as a senior...averaged 11.3 yards per carry, compiling 1,161 yards and 12 touchdowns on 103 attempts...averaged 24.7 yards per catch on 17 receptions for 420 yards...also had five interceptions (one returned for a TD), three fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks...played versatile roles, lining up at receiver, running back, cornerback, kick returner and punt returner...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAAA Player of the Year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...led Central Catholic to a 16-0 record and the PIAA and WPIAL Class AAAA championships...rated the No. 32 prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep and No. 43 by Scout...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...played under Coach Terry Totten...earned three football letters at Central Catholic...also lettered in track and field...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...National Honor Roll student...participated in the National Student Leadership Conference.
Personal: Andrew Walter Taglianetti, born 12/22/89, is the son of Peter and Alison Taglianetti...has three brothers (including twin brother Jon) and one sister...father was an NHL defenseman and played for the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup champion teams in 1991 and 1992...mother was a collegiate swimmer at the University of Vermont...earned his bachelor's in business and is pursuing his MBA in Pitt's Katz Graduate School of Business...selected to the University of Pittsburgh's prestigious Blue and Gold Society, a group of undergraduate student ambassadors...has been an intern in the Pittsburgh Penguins' front office.
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