May 10, 2014
Devin Street's Phone Call From the Dallas Cowboys
PITTSBURGH--Wide receiver Devin Street, Pitt's all-time receptions leader, became the third Panthers player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft when the Dallas Cowboys picked him in the fifth round on Saturday.
Street (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) finished as Pitt's all-time leading pass catcher with 202 career receptions. He finished third in career receiving yardage with 2,901, only 160 yards shy of all-time leader Antonio Bryant (3,061 yards from 1999-2001). Bryant, incidentally, was the last Pitt wide receiver to be drafted by Dallas, going in the second round in 2002.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Street reached those lofty Pitt career milestones despite being limited to 10 games as a senior due to two separate injuries (shoulder and elbow). He totaled 51 catches for 854 yards (16.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns on the year and was named All-ACC (third team) by the media.
Perhaps his finest moment as a senior was in Pitt's wild 58-55 shootout win at Duke. Street had a career-high 166 yards on six catches (27.7 avg.) with two touchdowns to help key the victory and was named the ACC Receiver of the Week.
Street also caught two touchdowns in the Panthers' 28-21 upset of Notre Dame, including a breakaway 63-yarder.
A lower-profile recruit upon signing with the Panthers in 2009, Street would become a four-year contributor to Pitt's passing game, starting his final three seasons. In addition to impressive career stats, his legacy will include revitalizing the Panthers' tradition of big-play wideouts.
Street joins Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald (first round, St. Louis Rams) and quarterback Tom Savage (fourth round, Houston Texans) as members of the 2014 NFL Draft class. The three picks mark Pitt's most in a single draft since 2011 when the Panthers had five players selected.
Additionally, four Panthers signed free-agent contracts on Saturday night: nose tackle Tyrone Ezell (Houston Texans), safety Jason Hendricks (Cleveland Browns), punter Matt Yoklic (Atlanta Falcons) and cornerback K'Waun Williams (Cleveland Browns).
Ezell (Munhall, Pa./Steel Valley) was a hardnosed stopper for Pitt's defensive front and had 34 tackles, three TFLs and two sacks as a senior.
Hendricks (Brooklyn, N.Y,/Hudson Catholic [N.J.]) made 37 career starts in the Panthers' secondary. He was Pitt's leading tackler each of his final two seasons and earned Honorable Mention All-ACC as a senior.
Yoklic (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) averaged a career-high 43 yards per punt to rank third in the ACC as a senior. He had 19 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 19 punts of 50-plus yards on the year.
Williams (Paterson, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) made 38 career starts at corner for Pitt. He had six interceptions over his final two seasons. As a senior he had two picks and a team-high seven pass breakups.
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