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Jon Baldwin
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#82 Wide Receiver
6-5 • 230 • JR
Aliquippa, Pa.
Team: Kansas City Chiefs                      Round: 1                       Pick: 26

 

Jon Baldwin

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2010: Two-time first-team All-Big East selection... finished career ranked sixth all-time for career receiving yards (2,337) and eighth all-time in career receptions (128) at Pitt... started all 13 games... had 53 receptions for 822 yards (15.5 avg.) and five TDs... had 11 career 100-yard receiving games, including three this year... averaged 27.8 yards/catch, compiling 139 yards on just five receptions vs. Rutgers... three of those catches were of the spectacular variety - twice had one-handed catches that went for 46 and 23 yards... TD was a 45-yard grab where he out-jumped the Rutgers defender... had 111 yards receiving on a career-high nine catches at Notre Dame... had 56-yard TD catch vs. the Irish to keep Pitt in contention in fourth period... had 100 yards on six catches (16.7 avg.) with a 56-yard TD vs. New Hampshire... had 95 yards on six catches (15.8 avg.) at Connecticut, including a 20-yard TD catch with 4:35 left to pull Pitt within 30-28... had 71 yards on four catches, including a 44-yard TD at Utah... also caught a 2-point conversion pass vs. the Utes.

2009: First team All-Big East... Rivals All-America Team (third team)... compiled 57 catches for 1,111 yards (19.5 avg.) with eight touchdowns in 13 games... Pitt's first 1,000-yard receiver since 2004 (Greg Lee, 1,297 yards)... ranked third in the Big East and 19th nationally in total receiving yards...ranked third in the Big East and 22nd nationally in receiving yards per game (85.46 avg.)... had two TDs over 70 yards (79-yarder vs. NC State; 71 vs. Louisville)... lone rush of the year was a 61-yard reverse that set up a Pitt TD drive vs. Syracuse... had seven 100-yard receiving games in 2009, including a career-high 144 (on six catches) with a 40-yard TD vs. USF... Big East Offensive Player of the Week for Notre Dame performance... averaged 28.4 yards per catch with 142 yards on just five receptions against the Irish... his diving 36-yard TD gave Pitt a 10-3 halftime lead... had a career-high two touchdown catches vs. Cincinnati (22 and 40 yards)... twice recorded a career-best eight receptions, including the Connecticut and West Virginia games.

2008: Immediate contributor as a true freshman... played in all 13 games, starting the last three (West Virginia, Connecticut and Sun Bowl vs. Oregon State)... averaged 22.4 yards/catch on 18 receptions for 404 yards...had three TDs, including scoring catches of 60 and 52 yards... had season-high101 receiving yards on three catches (33.7 avg.) with a 60-yard TD at Navy...had season-high five catches for 81 yards (16.2 avg.) vs. Rutgers...had two catches for 59 yards (29.5 avg.) with a 52-yard TD at USF...caught a 10-yard TD at Notre Dame to convert a 4th-and-6 and tie the score at 24 with 2:22 left, forcing OT.

High School: One of the country's elite receiver prospects and multi-sport stars... selected to play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl... SuperPrep All-American and Northeast Offensive Player of the Year... PrepStar "Dream Team"... Scout.com All-American... rated one of the country's top 40 overall prospects by SuperPrep (No. 14), Scout (No. 20), Rivals, (No. 26) and PrepStar (No. 38)... among national receiver prospects, was rated No. 3 by SuperPrep, No. 5 by Rivals and No. 6 by Scout... named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team (first team)... rated the No. 2 prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep, Rivals, Scout and Keystone Recruiting... rated No. 3 on Scout's East Top 100 list... had 41 receptions for 613 yards (14.9 avg.) and nine touchdowns as a senior... compiled 62 catches for 1,083 yards (17.5 avg.) and 14 touchdowns his final two years... helped team to a combined 19-4 record (.826) as a junior and senior, including berths in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs each season... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"... Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"... Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"... played under Coach Mike Zmijanac... selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic... in addition to being a national football recruit, also had several Division I scholarship offers in basketball, including Marquette... the first-team all-state performer averaged 21.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and two blocks a game his senior year... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 10" honoree... was an AAU basketball teammate of fellow Pitt receiver Mike Shanahan... was a member of the Quips' PIAA and WPIAL champion 400-meter relay teams in track... earned a combined eight varsity letters at Aliquippa High, including four in basketball, three in football and three in track... Baldwin is the latest in a long line of Aliquippa products to sign with Pitt, including junior defensive lineman Brandon Lindsey and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Juantez Hollins...other recent Quips at Pitt include cornerback Darrelle Revis (2004-06), who now plays for the New York Jets, defensive lineman Sean Gilbert (1989-91), who went on to a decade-long career in the NFL, and All-Big East cornerback Bernard "Josh" Lay (2002-05)... legendary Hall of Famer Mike Ditka is another Aliquippa product who played at Pitt (1958-60).

Personal: Jonathan Dupree Baldwin, born 8/10/89, is the son of Jeffrey and Tezmalita Baldwin... has two sisters... father was a defensive lineman at Pitt from 1981-84... cousin, Charles Fisher, was a standout defensive back at West Virginia (1995-98) who went on to play with the Cincinnati Bengals... communication major.

Career Highs: Receptions: 9 vs. Notre Dame (10/9/10); Receiving Yards: 144 vs. USF (10/24/09); Receiving TDs: 2 vs. Cincinnati (12/5/09)

Baldwin's Career Statistics

ReceivingG/GSRec.YardsAvg.LongTDsPts.
200813/31840422.460320*
200913/12571,11119.579848
201013/135382215.561532*
TOTAL39/281282,33718.37916100

*two 2-pt. conversion catches not included in reception total

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Jabaal Sheard
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#97 Defensive Lineman
6-4 • 260 • SR
Hollywood Hills, Fla.
Team: Cleveland Browns                        Round: 2                       Pick: 37

 

Jabaal Sheard

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2010: Named first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)... the 2010 Big East Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Big East selection... finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year award... elected a Pitt team tri-captain... compiled 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery... led the Big East in forced fumbles (tied, 0.33 forced fumbles/game), ranked second in tackles for loss (tied, 1.21 TFLs/game) and was third in sacks (0.75 sacks/game)... nationally, Sheard ranked seventh (tied) in forced fumbles and 20th (tied) in sacks... had career-high two sacks four times this year, including the Miami, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Louisville contests... had two sacks, was in on three total TFLs and forced two fumbles against Louisville... stripped QB Adam Froman on a sack and teammate Myles Caragein grabbed the loose ball and raced 56 yards to the Cardinals' 5, setting up the game-clinching TD... had career-high seven tackles, including two TFLs, at Cincinnati... missed Pitt's BBVA Compass Bowl game vs. Kentucky due to December elbow surgery (left).

2009: Starting defensive end in all 13 games... had 42 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, five sacks and a team-high 12 QB hurries... matched his career-high with six tackles vs. NC State and Navy... deflected a pass that was intercepted by Greg Williams and returned 51 yards for a TD vs. Syracuse... against Notre Dame had 14-yard sack, four quarterback hurries and a pass deflection... had four total tackles with two TFLs against the Irish and was named the Coaching Staff Defensive Player of the Game...had three tackles and 1.5 TFLs, including a six-yard sack, in the Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. North Carolina.

2008: Started all 13 games and compiled 45 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...had team-high 11 QB hurries...also had seven PBUs...had career-high six tackles at Navy, including a sack and forced fumble that Pitt parlayed into a TD...had five tackles and a five-yard sack vs. Louisville...had five tackles with an eight-yard sack at Syracuse...also recovered a fumble (forced by teammate Greg Romeus) at the SU 34 in the fourth quarter that led to Pitt's clinching TD in the 34-24 win...coaching staff Defensive Player of the Game for Syracuse contest. 2007: Lettered as a true freshman, contributing as a reserve defensive end...played in nine games and had three tackles and two PBUs...had a season-high two stops against USF.

High School: All-Broward County defensive lineman who had 54 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior at Hollywood Hills, a Florida 5A (second largest classification) school... was timed at 4.6 in the 40 at the Nike combine prior to his senior season... rated the nation's No. 23 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com... rated one of the top 60 prospects in the state of Florida by Rivals... PrepStar All-Southeast Region... rated one of the top 100 prospects in Florida by SuperPrep... Scout.com Southeast "Hot 100"... rated one of the top 75 prospects in the southeast region by Scout.com... played under Coach Al Lang... also a track and field letterman... placed fourth in the shot put at the state track and field championships... also earned All-Broward County in the shot.

Personal: Jabaal Lamar Sheard, born 5/10/89, is the son of Evelyn Sheard... has one brother and one sister... was awarded a bravery medal when he helped an elderly woman escape from her burning home in Florida... administration of justice major.

Career Highs: Tackles: 7 vs. Cincinnati (12/4/10); Sacks: 2 four times, most recent vs. Louisville (10/30/10)

Sheard's Career Statistics

DefenseG/GSSacksFRPBUInt.UTATTFLTOT
20079/00.0020210-03
200813/135.5170252010.5-5645
200913/135.0030212110.5-5342
201012/129.0140341814.5-7752
TOTAL47/3819.52160826035.5-186142

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Dion Lewis
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#28 Running Back
5-8 • 195 • SO
Albany, N.Y.
Team: Philadelphia Eagles                       Round: 5                       Pick: 149

 

Dion Lewis

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2010: Paced Pitt in rushing with 1,061 yards and 13 touchdowns on 219 carries (4.8 avg.)... rushed for 2,860 career yards as he broke former Pitt standout LeSean McCoy's school record for combined rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore... McCoy, now of the Philadelphia Eagles, rushed for 2,816 from 2007-08... Lewis finished his career ranked fourth on Pitt's all-time career rushing yardage list... capped the 2010 season by being named the MVP of the BBVA Compass Bowl - his second career bowl MVP award - after he led Pitt to a 27-10 victory over Kentucky... rushed for 105 yards and a TD on 22 carries (4.8 avg.) in the bowl win over the Wildcats... in the regular-season finale at Cincinnati, Lewis accounted for all four Pitt touchdowns to lead the Panthers' to a 28-10 win... playing in snowy conditions that limited the passing game, Lewis carried 42 times for a career-high 261 yards (6.2 avg.)... his four rushing TDs also marked a career best... Lewis' 261 rushing yards were the ninth most by an FBS player this year and the seventh most in school history... named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for his Cincinnati performance... rushed for 130 yards on 17 carries (7.6 avg.) and one TD vs. Rutgers... rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries (4.8 avg.) at USF, including a 22-yard TD run in fourth quarter that proved to be the game winner... missed first game of his career when he sat out Oct. 2 FIU contest due to shoulder injury (left).

2009: Became the first player since Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick in 1999 to earn Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season...unanimous first team All-Big East... Sporting News and CBSSports.com National Freshman of the Year... CollegeFootballNews.com Offensive Freshman of the Year...a second-team All-America pick by AP, SI.com, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and Phil Steele...unanimous Freshman All-American...finished third nationally in rushing (138.38 yards/game) and first in the Big East...on the year, rushed for 1,799 yards on 325 carries (5.5 avg.)... had 17 rushing touchdowns and 18 TDs overall... became the most productive freshman running back in both Pitt and Big East history...surpassed the legendary Tony Dorsett's 36-year-old Pitt freshman rushing record of 1,686 yards set in 1973... Lewis tied Dorsett's freshman records for 100-yard rushing games (10) and fewest games needed to reach 1,000 yards (eight)...totaled 108 points on the year, eclipsing LeSean McCoy's freshman scoring record (90 points in 2007)... capped his debut season by earning MVP honors at the Meineke Car Care Bowl after leading Pitt to a 19-17 victory over North Carolina...rushed for 159 yards and a TD on 28 carries (5.7 avg.) against the Tar Heels, which boasted the country's No. 9 defense against the run (just 92.8 yards per game) heading into the bowl...in one of the most Herculean performances by a back in Pitt history, Lewis had a season-high 194 yards on a school-record 47 carries (4.1 avg.) against Cincinnati...also rushed for a career-high three TDs vs. the Bearcats... on Pitt's opening drive, he touched the ball all 12 plays (11 rushes and one catch for 56 total yards) capped by a four-yard touchdown run to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead... his last touch of the game was a tackle-breaking five-yard TD that put Pitt up 44-38 with 1:36 left... named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for his Rutgers performance... had 180 yards on 31 carries (5.8 avg.) with two TDs, including a 58-yard score, against the Scarlet Knights... rushed for 190 yards on 24 attempts (7.9 avg.) with two scores at Buffalo... Lewis iced the Buffalo win with an 85-yard scoring run in the final quarter, the longest play - pass or rush - by a freshman in Pitt history... had 152 yards on 21 carries (7.2 avg.) with a 50-yard TD vs. Notre Dame... had 158 yards on 24 carries (6.6 avg.) vs. Connecticut... had best rushing game by a Pitt freshman in a season-opening contest with 129 yards vs. Youngstown State... scored three total TDs vs. YSU (two rush, one receiving) and was named the Coaching Staff Offensive Player of the Game.

High School: Rated one of the country's top 20 all-purpose backs by Rivals... New Jersey Prep Offensive Player of the Year... Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Offensive Player of the Year... first team All-New Jersey Prep and All-MAPL... averaged an astounding 14.1 yards per carry his senior season at Blair Academy, rushing for 1,243 yards on 88 carries... eclipsed the 250-yard rushing mark four times as a senior... scored 26 total touchdowns, including 23 rushing, two on punt returns and one receiving... averaged 12.4 yards per carry as a junior, rushing for 979 yards on 79 carries with 14 TDs... led team to a 17-1 record (.944) his final two seasons, including two MAPL championships and a New Jersey Prep state title... PrepStar All-East Region... SuperPrep All-Northeast Team... rated the No. 14 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals and No. 18 by SuperPrep... played under Coach Jim Stone... also a three-year letterman in track.

Personal: Dion John Lewis, born 9/27/90, is the son of Leroy and Linda Lewis... has two brothers and one sister... communication major.

Career Highs: Rushing Yards: 261 vs. Cincinnati (12/4/10); Rushing Attempts: 47 vs. Cincinnati (12/5/09); Rushing TDs: 4 vs. Cincinnati (12/4/10); Receptions: 6 vs. Buffalo (9/12/09); Receiving Yards: 52 vs. New Hampshire (9/11/10); Receiving TDs: 1 vs. YSU (9/5/09)

Lewis' Career Statistics

RushingG/GSAtt.YardsAvg.LongTDsPts.
200913/123251,7995.58517102
201012/112191,0614.8761378
TOTAL25/235442,8605.38530180

ReceivingG/GSRec.YardsAvg.LongTDsPts.
200913/12251897.63116
201012/11272168.03100
TOTAL25/23524057.83116

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Jason Pinkston
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#77 Offensive Lineman
6-4 • 305 • SR*
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Team: Cleveland Browns                        Round: 5                       Pick: 150

 

Jason Pinkston

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2010: Starting left tackle who was named first team All-Big East for the second consecutive season... a cornerstone on the Pitt offensive line the past three years... made 41 career starts, including all 13 games this year... finished his career by making 26 consecutive starts... elected a 2010 Pitt tri-captain...selected to play in the Senior Bowl.

2009: Starter at left offensive tackle in all 13 games...selected first team All-Big East by league coaches...named a second team All-American by SI.com and Rivals.com.

2008: Started all 12 regular-season games at left tackle...missed the Sun Bowl vs. Oregon State due to a right shoulder injury sustained during bowl week practice.

2007: Started the first three games at right tackle before suffering a season-ending left shoulder injury at Michigan State Sept. 15...underwent surgery and received a medical redshirt. 2006: Worked at defensive tackle through fall training camp before moving to offensive tackle in September...played in seven games during his true freshman campaign to letter...in addition to serving as a backup left offensive tackle, he also appeared in Pitt's "jumbo" set in short yardage situations as a fullback...also contributed on the extra-point/field goal block unit.

High School: Heralded prospect who was named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...considered one of the nation's top 100 prospects by Tom Lemming...compiled 180 tackles over his final two seasons at Baldwin...as a senior Pinkston had 80 tackles, eight tackles for losses, five fumble recoveries and two sacks...had 100 tackles and six sacks as a junior...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Class AAAA...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...first team All-Quad East...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...Tom Lemming rated him the nation's No. 69 overall prospect...rated the nation's No. 18 defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com...rated the No. 27 prospect in the East Region by Scout.com...rated Pennsylvania's No. 10 prospect by Rivals.com...Rivals.com also ranked him as one of the top 50 defensive tackle prospects nationally...PrepStar All-American...played under Coach Mike Silianoff...also lettered in basketball.

Personal: Jason R. Pinkston, born 9/5/87, is the son of James and the late Martha Pinkston... has two brothers...Jason served as a junior volunteer fireman for the South Baldwin fire station while in high school...cousin, Todd Pinkston, was a receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2000-05 and a former standout at Southern Miss...administration of justice major.

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Greg Romeus
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#91 Defensive Lineman
6-6 • 270 • SR*
Coral Springs, Fla.
Team:New Orleans Saints                       Round: 7                       Pick: 227

 

Greg Romeus

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2010: Preseason All-America candidate was limited to two games due to injury... played in the opener at Utah and had four tackles... missed subsequent seven games due to September back surgery... returned in a starting assignment at Connecticut (Nov. 11) and had three tackles before leaving game in the third period with right knee injury... ultimately underwent season-ending knee surgery and did not play the rest of the season.

2009: Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous first team All-Big East... Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award finalist... named to three All-America teams at season's end, including CollegeFootballNews.com (second team), Sporting News (third team) and Rivals (third team)...had 43 tackles, 11.5 TFLs and eight sacks... also had an INT, a fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and a blocked PAT... clinched the Notre Dame win by forcing a Jimmy Clausen fumble with 2:10 left that was recovered by Myles Caragein... also had a nine-yard TFL and blocked a PAT vs. the Irish... had career-high 3.5 sacks (five total stops) at Louisville and was named the Coaching Staff Defensive Player of the Game... had a season-high seven tackles with a sack assist at West Virginia... had a seven-yard sack, a fumble recovery and forced fumble vs. Connecticut... had his first career INT vs. Syracuse.

2008: All-Big East (second team) selection...started all 13 games and compiled 51 tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...had three blocked PATs (two vs. Rutgers and one vs. Bowling Green)... named Sun Bowl's Most Valuable Lineman after collecting two sacks (for 20 yards in losses) and four total tackles vs. Oregon State...matched career high with eight tackles and had three TFLs and a six-yard sack at Notre Dame...had five tackles and a 10-yard sack at Cincinnati...had a nine-yard sack at USF...recovered an Iowa fumble with 50 seconds to go to clinch Pitt's 21-20 win...sacked Syracuse QB Cam Dantley, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Jabaal Sheard at the Orange 34 with 8:05 left to set up Pitt's clinching TD in a 34-24 win.

2007: Named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers, CollegeFootballNews.com, Sporting News, Rivals and Scout...played in all 12 games and compiled 41 tackles...second on the team with 11.5 TFLs...tied for second with four sacks...had four tackles and a fumble recovery in the West Virginia upset...tracked down a scrambling Pat White for a seven-yard loss, setting up a subsequent 4th-and-17 play and incomplete pass that ended WVU's chance for a comeback... against USF had three tackles, two TFLs and a 10-yard sack...had a career-high eight tackles with two TFLs and his first career sack vs. UConn...had six tackles and a 12-yard sack at Louisville...helped preserve Pitt's 20-17 victory over Syracuse by getting a six-yard sack with under 30 seconds to play...had five tackles with three TFLs at Virginia...had four tackles with a TFL and deflected pass vs. Grambling.

2006: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: Drew recruiting attention despite playing just one year of high school football... considered a basketball prospect heading into his senior year, he went on to earn Coral Glades' Team MVP honor in football... starter at defensive end... also contributed at receiver and had five receptions for 54 yards and a TD... selected to play in the Broward County All-Star Game... played under Coach Rex Nottage.

Personal: Gregory Daniel Romeus, born 4/29/88, is the son of Sadrac and Fanie Romeus... has two brothers... communication major.

Career Highs: Tackles: 8 vs. Connecticut (9/22/07) and Notre Dame (11/1/08); Sacks: 3.5 vs. Louisville (10/2/09); Interceptions: 1 vs. Syracuse (11/7/09)

Romeus' Career Statistics

DefenseG/GSSacksFRPBUInt.UTATTFLTOT
200712/04.0130281311.5-5041
200813/137.5130272415.5-8151
200913/138.0151222111.5-5543
20102/20.0010070-07
TOTAL40/2819.53121776538.5-186142

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Dom DeCicco
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#31 Defensive Back
6-4 • 230 • SR
Jefferson Hills, Pa.
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Dom DeCicco

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2010: Two-time All-Big East pick, including a first-team honoree this year... elected 2010 Pitt tri-captain... Big East All-Academic Football Team selection... played in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game... played in and started 12 games as a senior, including seven at strong safety and five at Will linebacker (or "nickel" linebacker) due to opponents' scheme... had a team-high 94 tackles and added 6.0 TFLs... had five interceptions... ranked second in the Big East and 15th nationally (tied) with an average of 0.42 INTs per game... had a career-high two interceptions against Cincinnati... matched career-high with 13 tackles at USF and added 1.5 TFLs... had 12 tackles at Connecticut... twice had 11 tackles (Notre Dame and Louisville)... against the Cardinals added an interception and TFL assist... had eight tackles and an interception vs. Rutgers... had seven tackles and a forced fumble at Syracuse... fumble was recovered by fellow safety Jason Hendricks at the Pitt 22 to halt an Orange drive... had a leaping interception in the end zone against Miami to turn back a scoring threat... was hindered by an early season hamstring injury (left)... missed Sept. 11 New Hampshire game and was limited to one half against Miami (Sept. 23) due to the injury... returned for Oct. 2 FIU game and started at Will LB due to FIU's spread offense scheme and had six tackles.

2009: Starter in all 13 games at strong safety... All-Big East (second team)...had 88 tackles, three interceptions, three PBUs and a forced fumble... named Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his USF performance... had 10 tackles with nine solos as the Panthers limited USF to 212 yards... twice posted a season-high 12 tackles (Buffalo and Louisville)...had INTs against Cincinnati, Rutgers and Youngstown State... three-time Coaching Staff Defensive Player of the Game (USF, Rutgers and Connecticut).

2008: Played in 13 games, starting 11 at strong safety... had 56 tackles and a team-high four interceptions...ranked third in the Big East with 0.31 INTs/ game...had a career-high 13 tackles with an INT at Connecticut... had seven tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery vs. Oregon State in the Sun Bowl...had six stops and an INT vs. West Virginia...also had picks at USF and Navy.

2007: Lettered as a true freshman, playing in 10 games...majority of his action came on special teams...also served as a reserve free safety...collected six tackles on the year...had a season-high three stops vs. Grambling.

High School: One of Western Pennsylvania's most diverse athletes... a three-year starter on both sides of the ball for perennial WPIAL Class AAA power Thomas Jefferson... switched from receiver to quarterback for his senior season and was a 1,000-yard rusher and passer... finished with 1,132 yards passing with 17 touchdowns... also rushed for 1,064 yards and 15 TDs... started each of his three varsity seasons at safety and had 17 career interceptions... led team to the WPIAL Class AAA championship and the semifinals of the PIAA playoffs with a 14-1 record his senior year... in his three seasons as a starter, Thomas Jefferson went a combined 39-5 (.886) with two WPIAL titles and a PIAA Class AAA championship his sophomore year... named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (second team)... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"... Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"... Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"... first team All-Big Seven... rated Pennsylvania's No. 9 prospect by Scout.com... rated the nation's No. 18 safety prospect by Scout.com... Scout All-East Region... PrepStar All-East Region... rated Pennsylvania's No. 16 prospect by Keystone Recruiting... rated the state's No. 34 prospect by Rivals.com... selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic... played under Coach Bill Cherpak, a standout offensive lineman for Pitt from 1985-89... DeCicco was also an exceptional basketball player... scored more than 1,000 career points as a four-year starter... twice earned all-section in basketball... also a two-year letterman in track and field... Honor Roll student... member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Personal: Dominic John DeCicco, born 9/11/88, is the son of Dominic and Debbie DeCicco... has two brothers and one sister... brother Brock is a redshirt freshman tight end at Pitt... father was a tight end at Waynesburg College... communication major.

Career Highs: Tackles: 13 vs. Connecticut (12/6/08) and USF (11/20/10); Interceptions: 2 vs. Cincinnati (12/4/10)

Dom DeCicco's Career Statistics

DefenseG/GSSacksFRPBUInt.UTATTFLTOT
200710/00.0000420-06
200813/110.017438180-056
200913/130.003358301.0-188
201012/120.002566286.0-1394
TOTAL48/360.011212166787.0-14244

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Henry Hynoski
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#27 Fullback
6-2 • 265 • JR*
Elysburg, Pa.
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Henry Hynoski

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2010: Pitt's starting fullback compiled 33 rushing yards on 12 carries (2.8 avg.) and 174 yards receiving on 25 catches (7.0 avg.)... had one touchdown receiving (nine yards vs. FIU)... rushed for a season-high 15 yards on five carries at Utah... rushing attempts vs. the Utes matched his career high... posted career highs with seven catches for 51 yards vs. Rutgers... .named to the Big East All-Academic Football Team for the third time.

2009: Played in 13 games, starting seven... compiled 107 yards on 24 carries (4.5 avg.) with one TD... also had 15 receptions for 109 yards (7.3 avg.)... posted career rushing and receiving highs at Rutgers (29 yards on five carries; 36 yards on four catches).

2008: Lettered in his first active season, primarily as a special teams contributor...played in five games... had one carry for three yards at Navy.

2007: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: Prolific runner who finished sixth in Pennsylvania history with 7,165 career rushing yards... also scored an astonishing 113 touchdowns during his high school career at perennial power Southern Columbia Area... named The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A Player of the Year as a senior after rushing for 2,407 yards and 42 touchdowns on 206 carries, an average of 11.7 yards per attempt... compiled his impressive rushing totals despite not playing a full game during his senior season as he led Southern Columbia to a 16-0 mark with an average victory margin of 39 points per contest... Southern Columbia won the PIAA Class A championship for a state-record fifth consecutive year... in the state title game against West Middlesex, Hynoski rushed for 126 yards, added 109 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns in a 56-14 victory... in 20 career playoff games (all victories), Hynoski rushed for 3,234 yards and 41 touchdowns on 320 attempts (10.1 avg.)... set a PIAA state playoff record with 409 yards rushing and six touchdowns vs. Pius X in a state quarterfinal game his sophomore season... as a four-year starter, led Southern Columbia to a 58-3 mark (.951)... was named first team Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A All-State as a senior and junior... named second team all-state as a sophomore... two-time Central Susquehanna Conference Offensive Back of the Year... rated the nation's No. 4 fullback prospect by Scout.com and No. 7 by Rivals.com... Keystone Recruiting Pennsylvania Class A Player of the Year... rated Pennsylvania's No. 20 prospect by Scout.com, No. 21 by Rivals.com and No. 23 by SuperPrep... PrepStar All-East Region... Scout All-East Region... Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"... played under Coach Jim Roth... selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic... also a letterman in baseball, basketball and track... all-conference honoree in baseball... Distinguished Honor Student... National Honor Society... National Honor Society for High School Scholars... Wendy's High School Heisman State Finalist... United States Achievement Academy.

Personal: Henry P. Hynoski, born 12/30/88, is the son of Henry and Kathy Hynoski Sr... .has one sister... father was a star fullback at Temple (1972-74) and spent the 1975 season with the Cleveland Browns... sister (Mary Frances Hynoski) played basketball at Lehigh University (2001-2005)... uncle (Chester Hynoski) played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1930s... additionally two cousins played college football, including Fred Hynoski (Cincinnati, 1960-62) and Walter Hynoski (Penn, 1952-54)... business-marketing major.

Career Highs: Rushing Yards: 29 vs. Rutgers (10/16/09); Rushing Attempts: 5 vs. Rutgers (10/16/09) and Utah (9/2/10); Rushing TDs: 1 vs. Louisville (10/2/09); Receiving Yards: 51 vs. Rutgers (10/23/10); Receptions: 7 vs. Rutgers (10/23/10); Receiving TDs: 1 vs. FIU (10/2/10)

Hynoski's Career Statistics

RushingG/GSAtt.YardsAvg.LongTDsPts.
20085/0133.0300
200913/7241074.51416
201013/1012332.8700
TOTAL31/17371433.91416

ReceivingG/GSRec.YardsAvg.LongTDsPts.
20085/000--00
200913/7151097.32100
201013/10251747.02016
TOTAL31/17402837.12116

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