June 18, 2013
This is year two under head coach Paul Chryst and his staff. How has he and his staff helped you develop as a player?
Devin: Coach Chryst has implemented a great staff, starting off with my wide receiver coach Bobby Engram. I think he (Engram) has done a lot for me. He has experience and been through it. It’s pretty easy to be around him and be a sponge; I soak up everything he is teaching just because of his experience and knowledge. I can attribute some of the things I went through in the spring and some things I had success with because of him. I feel like they are definitely changing the culture around here and things are definitely going in the right direction. There is a great recruiting class coming in and I think they are doing all the right things in order for us to be successful.
You decided to pass on the NFL draft and return for your senior campaign. What was that decision process like?
Devin: I sat down with my parents and evaluated where I was at, where I wanted to be at that time and realizing that it wasn’t so much physically I was not ready, but mentally I wanted to grow. I wanted to experience things. I wanted to come back and enjoy my senior season and not go out on a low note, going 6-7. I am definitely looking forward to the ACC schedule.
Talk about the ACC. What are you most looking forward to?
Devin: I am really excited just getting prepared for the ACC schedule. You go down the line and realize there are no easy games, every game is a challenge in itself and every game can be exciting. We just have to bring a level of electricity to that stadium at the games to get the fans into it. There is a lot more speed and athleticism in the ACC. For us to be successful we have to heighten our level of play. I am definitely excited. I see the fans are excited about the schedule and we are anxious to get after it.
You are close to becoming Pitt’s all-time leader in receptions. What would that mean to you to pass all-time greats like Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant?
Devin: It would mean a lot; it was the goal for me coming in. I set that goal freshman year coming in and not too many people gave me the chance because I wasn’t highly recruited out of high school. For me to be in that conversation or on the same list as those types of guys that I have looked up to, who have motivated me to come to Pitt, would be amazing. It would be a dream come true and at the same time it would humbling just to be in that stature with those guys. Antonio Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Jon Baldwin, everyone said Pitt was ‘Wide Receiver U.’ and to finish my senior season going down in the record books, it would just be the icing on top.
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