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A Look Into the Way forward for Pitt’s Tight Finish Depth



As I used to be taking a look at Pitt’s roster Tuesday evening within the wake of Eric Ingwerson’s dedication, I seen that the tight ends part appeared gentle.

Was I lacking somebody? Gavin Bartholomew, Karter Johnson, Cole Mitchell, Jake Renda, Dylan Deveney — wait. The place is Deveney? Properly, his absence makes an already skinny room even thinner.

There are simply 4 tight ends below scholarship on Pitt’s roster, two of which haven’t taken any snaps, so it’s not as if there’s a plethora of choices. There’s a possible star, a strong backup and… unknowns.

Pitt has so as to add one other tight finish through the switch portal as soon as it opens again up later this spring, following spring ball, and regardless of Ingwerson’s dedication, Pitt wants one other dedication — or two — within the class of 2024 as Pitt may enter subsequent season with none skilled tight ends.

So, let’s check out the place Tim Salem’s unit stands proper now, following Ingwerson’s dedication.

Gavin Bartholomew — Jr.

2022 stats: 21 receptions for 283 yards (13.5 yards per) and two touchdowns

Profession stats: 49 receptions for 609 yards (12.4 yards per) and 6 touchdowns

I don’t know what to make of Gavin Bartholomew’s 2022 season, actually.

He provided his personal ideas on the 2022 season final week, saying he improved as a blocker however would’ve favored just a few extra catches. He declined to speak about why he didn’t obtain extra probabilities in 2022, after all.

“However so long as we’re successful, I’m blissful, so I can care much less about that,” he mentioned.

He additionally mentioned that he’s going to have a giant 2023 season. I assumed he was going to have a monster 2022 season, and I believe he must be a lot better than he was in 2023 than he was in 2022 nonetheless.

He’s 6-foot-5, 260 kilos — rocking the mullet and a full beard. He seems like a grown man even though it should solely be his third season with this system. And if he’s confirmed something at Pitt, it’s that good issues occur when the ball is in his palms.

He might not be a man who will create a ton of separation, or a man who will showcase his capacity to hit each route within the tree, however Pitt doesn’t must overthink it. He’s proven the flexibility to take advantage of with the least. Get him the ball in area and let him rack up yards after catch. Have a look at the Tennessee sport. If there’s constant quarterback play, there’s no motive he shouldn’t be closely concerned within the offense.

Frank Cignetti Jr. has lengthy been thought to be a coordinator who makes essentially the most of his tight ends, so now could be the time. Particularly with Phil Jurkovec or Christian Veilleux below heart.

He lined up inline on 80% of his offensive snaps final season, compelled to develop into a greater blocker, however he must be utilized as a quick-start offensive weapon in 2023.

Pittsburgh Panthers tight finish Karter Johnson (8) September 24, 2022 David Hague/PSN

Karter Johnson — R-Sr.

2022 stats: six receptions for 89 yards (14.8 yards per)

Profession stats: six receptions for 89 yards (14.8 yards per)

Karter Johnson adopted a quite unconventional path to reach at Pitt final spring.

He initially dedicated to TCU as a four-star defensive finish, weighing as a lot as 338 kilos and virtually falling out of affection with the sport of soccer throughout his time in Fort Price, earlier than he transferred all the way down to the JUCO degree. He remodeled his physique, started his profession as a decent finish and wound up at Pitt.

He served as Bartholomew’s No. 2 final season, receiving simply 12 targets over the course of the season, however he nonetheless emerged as a reliable blocker down the stretch.

Pitt’s workers lauded his versatility as he built-in into the system final yr, and that ought to solely be extra obvious this coming season.

Pittsburgh Panthers tight finish Jake Renda (88) September 24, 2022 David Hague/PSN

Jake Renda — R-So.

2022 stats: N/A

Profession stats: N/A

Pat Narduzzi mentioned that Jake Renda was the No. 2 final yr throughout spring ball, however he was handed up on the depth chart by Johnson and Kyi Wright (who’s now at JMU) over the rest of the offseason.

He’s bulked up since he arrived as a three-star out of IMG Academy, gaining about 40 kilos of muscle, nevertheless it nonetheless stays to be seen what his influence will probably be as he has not seen the sector throughout his two seasons at Pitt.

Cole Mitchell August 11, 2022 David Hague/PSN

Cole Mitchell — R-So.

2022 stats: N/A

Profession stats: N/A

Cole Mitchell has not performed in any video games over the past two seasons. We might want to see rather more out of him earlier than being able to assume he’s near carving out any form of function within the offense.

Eric Ingwerson — Fr. (verbal commit)

And we arrive on the latest member of Pitt’s class of 2024.

Eric Ingwerson dedicated to Pitt Tuesday, including the primary tight finish commit for the reason that 2021 class — which featured all three of Bartholomew, Renda and Mitchell.

He possesses an enormous 6-foot-7 body, at present weighing in round 235 kilos, and he’s at present higher suited as a blocking possibility. After all, as he provides weight, hits the health club at Pitt, he ought to develop as each a cross catcher and blocker.

As a latest commit, nonetheless unsigned, he’s nonetheless only a participant to look at as he enters his senior season of highschool.


Former Pitt Pitcher Blair Calvo Makes his MLB Debut




Former Pitt pitcher Blair Calvo made his MLB debut Tuesday evening for the Colorado Rockies.

Calvo got here in aid within the backside of the eighth inning for the Rockies as they confronted a 5-1 deficit to the Arizona Diamondbacks on the highway. He pitched with effectiveness, as he obtained all three batters out with simply 11 pitches to finish his one inning of labor.

He joined the Panthers in 2017, however sat out the season as a result of rehab from Tommy John surgical procedure. He pitched one season for this system in 2018 and began all 13 video games he made appearances in. He accomplished 46.1 innings pitched, threw 45 strikeouts, allowed 19 walks, 52 hits and 27 earned runs for a 5.24 ERA.

Colorado chosen Calvo within the twenty sixth Spherical of the 2019 MLB Draft and he has spent the final 4 seasons shifting up via the group.

He has pitched in 20 video games and 18 innings this season at Triple-A Albuquerque and made 26 strikeouts and allowed 23 hits. He additionally has solely allowed three dwelling runs, which is an enchancment on the present Rockies bullpen, as they rank fifth worst within the MLB with 74 dwelling runs allowed.

Calvo, all through his 4 years within the minor leagues, has appeared in nearly 100 video games, holds an 11-9 file, 153.2 innings pitched, 187 strikeouts and a 4.86 ERA.

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Pitt Sees 5 Extra Gamers Switch Following the tip of 2023 Season




Pitt completed the 2023 season with a 24-31 total report and a 10-18 ACC report for No. 12 within the convention. They defeated Notre Dame within the first recreation of ACC Pool Play final Wednesday, however misplaced to Wake Forest the following day, ending their 12 months.

There have been a minimum of 5 gamers who’ve declared their intent to switch following the conclusion of this season and there are possible extra gamers on their approach out as effectively.

Sophomore infielder Tommy Tavarez introduced Monday evening that he would go away the Panthers. Tavarez performed two seasons for the Panthers and served as their beginning shortstop in 42 of the 58 video games he performed in. He spent many of the center of the season beginning at shortstop in 2022 and the preliminary by means of the center a part of the 2023 season there as effectively.

He struggled within the 2023 season each hitting on the plate and fielding at shortstop. He hit .182 and didn’t have a single hit in his final seven video games in 2023 and made 10 errors in 86 complete probabilities. Tavarez additionally suffered an damage that has stored him from enjoying the ultimate month of the season, lacking 20 video games.

First-year infielder Anthony LaSala took on the shortstop position instead of Tavarez and may serve in that position for subsequent season.

Tavarez completed his two seasons with the Panthers with a. .217 batting common, 36 hits, 10 doubles and 4 residence runs on the plate, whereas making 44 putouts, 104 assists, 15 errors and holding a .908 fielding share at shortstop. He has two extra years of eligibility.

Junior left-handed pitcher Zack Oswald introduced his resolution to switch Tuesday morning after only one season at Pitt. He transferred in from Hartford Group School and served as a reduction pitcher in 2023.

He made seven appearances out of the bullpen final season, pitching 5.1 innings, making 5 strikeouts, whereas permitting 12 walks, six hits, six earned runs, one residence run for a ten.13 ERA. Oswald has two years left of eligibility.

Three extra first-years introduced their intention to switch from this system, which incorporates left-handed pitcher Sam Falace, right-handed pitcher Ryan Slattery and infielder Drew Ripepi. All gamers may have 4 years of eligibility remaining.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jonathan Bautista additionally introduced his switch on Monday, making it six gamers who’ve left this system following the 2023 season.

Count on to see extra transfers going out and likewise gamers becoming a member of this system within the close to future, as head coach Mike Bell appears to alter this Pitt roster for 2024.

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Incoming Pitt Freshman WR Kenny Johnson Wins Huge 33 Sport MVP




A handful of gifted freshman broad receivers can be becoming a member of the 2023 Pitt soccer group and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, Jr. will want a few them to step as much as play an necessary function within the offense.

A type of younger gamers placed on fairly a present, as he formally completed his highschool profession by taking part within the annual Huge 33 All-Star Sport.

Pitt incoming freshman broad receiver Kenny Johnson (Dallastown Excessive Faculty-York, Pa.) earned Sport MVP honors as Pennsylvania beat Maryland, 31-27.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Johnson completed the sport with 9 catches for 161 yards and a landing. That landing got here with 1:15 left within the recreation and proved to be the game-winning rating for Workforce Pennsylvania.

Johnson can be joined by fellow freshman Zion Fowler (Jersey Metropolis, N.J.), Israel Polk (Bellflower, Calif.) and Lamar Seymore (Miami, Fla.) in Pitt’s 2023 depth chart and can pushing for taking part in time as Pitt wants broad receivers to develop and be counted upon.

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