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2024 3-Star LB Davin Brewton Attracts Inspiration From Pitt LB SirVocea Dennis



Ryan Manalac at all times made positive to let Davin Brewton know when Pitt was enjoying final fall, and Brewton, to his credit score, made positive to tune in when in any respect potential.

Apart from an in-person look for the Pitt-Syracuse matchup at Acrisure Stadium, Brewton was seated on his sofa to observe Pitt tackle Tennessee, Duke and UCLA. And as he watched the TV, his focus at all times ended up on SirVocea Dennis.

It is sensible contemplating Brewton is a 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker from Crimson Financial institution Catholic in Crimson Financial institution, New Jersey. He’s an ‘undersized’ center linebacker himself.

“I really feel like me and (Dennis) sort of play somewhat of the identical sort of soccer, so it was fairly cool to see him play on the market,” Brewton advised PSN. “He’s an enormous position mannequin for me.”

Dennis isn’t round all that a lot anymore, not since he declared for the 2023 NFL Draft in April, however he’s made an influence on Brewton. As has a Junior Day go to to Pittsburgh over the weekend.

Brewton, who has additionally acquired affords from Massachusetts, Maryland, Syracuse, Tulane and West Virginia, initially acquired his provide from large receivers coach Tiquan Underwood again in October.

He made it out for the Syracuse recreation a couple of month later, getting the possibility to fulfill Dennis himself and watch an enormous win over a then-ranked Orange squad in particular person, and he made it again out Saturday for one more likelihood to take a look at this system.

“The go to was nice,” Brewton mentioned. “That was my second time really going there, and I simply adore it. The coaches are tremendous cool, the environment of the basketball recreation was nice, everybody throughout was simply nice and confirmed a lot love.”

Brewton was in a position to conversate with just a few of Pitt’s coaches Saturday, however he spent a whole lot of his time with Manalac. He joined Manalac within the linebacker’s room to observe movie, seeing how Pitt’s linebackers function within the defensive scheme and making an attempt to determine if he was a match. He ended up seeing a whole lot of good issues on tape.

He’s in a position to relate effectively to Manalac, who like Dennis, Brewton mentioned is a very good man.

“We now have quite a bit in frequent,” Brewton mentioned. “Not the tallest particular person ever, however we’re each dawgs. We each discover the ball; we each simply wish to assault. The factor I like about Pitt and the linebacker room is all the things is about being bodily and simply making an attempt to place somebody placed on the sector.

“They confirmed a whole lot of issues that I like doing, in order that was the nice half about it.”

Brewton serves because the centerpiece in Crimson Financial institution Catholic’s protection, filling the center linebacker position, and in simply 5 video games recorded on MaxPreps, he recorded team-highs in tackles (42), tackles for loss (9) and sacks (two) and he added a fumble restoration.

As an ‘undersized’ linebacker, he flashes aggression and a nostril for the soccer on each single play, persistently making a bee line for the ball provider. It’s onerous to show.

And naturally, some recommendation from Dennis within the Pitt locker room following the Syracuse recreation might or might not have helped form Brewton into the participant he’s at the moment.

Neither 247Sports nor Rivals have rated Brewton but, however he’s seeing extra curiosity from school packages of late. And he’s planning visits to Tulane and West Virginia, amongst different packages, within the days and weeks to return.

And after two visits to Pittsburgh, attending to see nearly all the things this system has to supply at this level, he’s discovered himself in a superb relationship with Pitt’s coaches.

“Pitt positively stands excessive in my listing,” Brewton mentioned. “Simply going there, I can see lots of people have vivid futures popping out of Pitt, so it positively sits excessive with me.”


Pitt’s Reece Heller Earns NCAA and ACC Wrestler of the Week Honors



Pitt redshirt junior Reece Heller acquired NCAA Wrestler of the Week and ACC Wrestler of the Week honors on Tuesday for his nice efficiency final Friday evening towards Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Heller pinned Hokies No. 7 first-year Hunter Bolen (15-4) at 4:32 within the second interval at 184 kilos. He earned 5 factors for his pin, with the referee deducting a degree for unsportsmanlike conduct after Heller’s celebration. The pin put the Panthers up 20-12 within the match and primarily sealed their victory, 26-12 over the No. 7 Hokies.  

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Heller is 15-3 total and 6-2 in duel meets in 2022-23. He transferred together with his brother, redshirt senior Holden Heller, from Hofstra within the offseason. He additionally received the Midlands Championships at 184 kilos on the finish of December, which additionally earned him ACC Wrestler of the Week honors.

Pitt is now 8-2 total and 2-0 in ACC play. The win over Virginia Tech, the primary in Blacksburg, Va. since 2004, put Pitt up within the newest ballot to No. 18 within the nation.

They tackle ACC foe, North Carolina, this Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. on the Petersen Occasions Middle for sole possession of first place within the convention. Pitt then faces off towards No. 3 Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Discipline Home for his or her highest ranked opponent they’ll wrestle towards this season.

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Pitt and Syracuse to Play at Yankee Stadium in 2023



As a substitute of a primary pitch, Yankee Stadium could have a gap kickoff this November.

Pitt will play Syracuse at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx on Nov. 11, 2023, to commemorate the a centesimal anniversary of the primary soccer recreation at Yankee Stadium — which was additionally performed by Pitt and Syracuse.

“We stay up for celebrating this important anniversary involving Pitt, Syracuse and the Yankees,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips stated within the launch. “That is an unimaginable milestone in school soccer and we admire the cooperation of our great companions to make this a particular alternative for our student-athletes, applications and followers. Yankee Stadium has a wealthy historical past of internet hosting school soccer video games and we’re proud so as to add this recreation to its custom.”

It will likely be Pitt’s fourth journey to Yankee Stadium for a soccer recreation, with the primary being a 3-0 loss to the Orange in 1923. The latest was Pitt’s Pinstripe Bowl look in opposition to Northwestern — a 31-24 loss — in 2016.

Pitt and Syracuse have met each season for the final 55 years, and with the brand new ACC scheduling format, the matchup will proceed for the foreseeable future.

Pitt has performed Syracuse 78 occasions in program historical past, courting again to a 30-0 inaugural win within the 1916 season. With a 43-32-3 all-time file in opposition to the Orange, Pitt has gotten the perfect of Syracuse of late.

A 19-9 win over a then-ranked Syracuse final November prolonged Pitt’s win streak to 5 video games. Pitt has received 18 of the final 21 video games performed courting again to 2002.

Each Pitt and Syracuse will enter the 2023 matchup with out their star quarterbacks as each Israel Abanikanda and Sean Tucker declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.

The remainder of Pitt’s schedule will probably be introduced tonight at 7 p.m. on the ACC Community.

Present recognized schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 2: Wofford

Saturday, Sept. 9: Cincinnati

Saturday, Sept. 16: West Virginia

Saturday, Oct. 28: Notre Dame

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Avonte Maddox Makes 9 Straight Tremendous Bowls with Pitt Illustration



Even throughout this system’s down years within the 2000s, Pitt soccer has been recognized to provide high quality NFL expertise. With many alumni happening to search out NFL success it shouldn’t come as an entire shock that this 12 months would be the ninth straight season that Pitt could have an alumnus within the Tremendous Bowl.

Avonte Maddox of the Philadelphia Eagles will go well with up towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in State Farm Stadium at Glendale, Arizona when the 2 convention winners meet in Tremendous Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST. This got here after the Eagles thrashing of the San Francisco 49ers this previous Sunday, 31-7.

Maddox appeared within the NFC Championship recreation after lacking the earlier three weeks attributable to a toe harm. He had three tackles within the recreation and wasn’t wanted an excessive amount of after the 49ers noticed accidents to 2 of their quarterbacks, with rookie starter Brock Purdy coming again into the sport out of necessity regardless of struggling an harm within the first quarter.

Whatever the 49ers being restricted passing smart within the NFC Championship, Maddox has been a key participant within the Eagles’ secondary since being drafted by them within the fourth spherical of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Earlier in his profession, the Eagles bounced him across the secondary earlier than making him their nickel nook final season. He’s since thrived in that function, being rated the No. 9 general cornerback within the NFL by ProFootballFocus final 12 months and will be argued as one of many recreation’s greatest slot cornerbacks at the moment.

Maddox was injured for a lot of this season and solely appeared in 9 common season video games, making eight begins. His affect has been felt in these video games as he’s compelled three fumbles, caught an interception, registered a sack and made 43 tackles this previous season.

And now he’ll have an opportunity to make an affect within the Tremendous Bowl, like so many different Pitt gamers have completed earlier than him.

The latest instance, in fact, is Los Angeles Rams star defensive sort out Aaron Donald, who received the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months by sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on the sport’s remaining play. Donald went up towards huge receiver Tyler Boyd in that recreation, additionally from Pitt.

Donald’s win although marked three consecutive seasons wherein a Pitt participant had been part of the NFL’s Tremendous Bowl profitable workforce, though the previous three seasons Pitt had at the least one participant on every workforce so a win, and a loss, was assured.

Of the earlier eight Tremendous Bowls at the least one Pitt participant has been on 5 of the profitable groups and 6 of the shedding groups with Pitt gamers going through off in three of these video games.

Together with Maddox this 12 months, there has now been 12 totally different Pitt gamers to have made, at the least, one of many final 9 Tremendous Bowls with three – Donald (2019, 2022), LeSean McCoy (2020, 2021) and Dion Lewis (2017, 2018) – showing in a number of Tremendous Bowls over that timeframe.

The total record of latest Pitt Tremendous Bowl individuals is discovered beneath with winners in daring:

2022 – Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati), Aaron Donald (Los Angeles)

2021 – Maurice Ffrench (Kansas Metropolis), LeSean McCoy (Tampa Bay), Jordan Whitehead (Tampa Bay)

2020 – LeSean McCoy (Kansas Metropolis), Ok’Waun Williams (San Francisco)

2019 – Aaron Donald (Los Angeles)

2018 – Nicholas Grigsby (Atlanta), Dion Lewis (Atlanta)

2017 – Jabaal Sheard (Denver), Dion Lewis (Denver)

2016 – Chas Alecxih (Seattle)

2015 – Darrell Revis (New England)

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