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Pat Narduzzi enters his second season on the sidelines at the largest institute in Western Pennsylvania.
The former Michigan State Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator is putting his stamp on the football program.
Fans are excited entering the 2016-17 season with talent returning on both sides of the football.
The storied program has seen up and down times in the past decade but the upcoming season promises to be a thriller. Narduzzi knows how to recruit and is setting his sites on national prominence.
Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Florida are where the coaching staff is putting the most emphasis when it comes to bringing in blue chippers.
The 2016-17 Pittsburgh Panthers offense ranked 82nd nationally last season. The return of running back James Conner is good news for offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
The Erie, Pennsylvania native missed the entire 2015 season with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Conner wants to repeat what he did in 2014 as the ACC offensive player of the year.
Sophomore Qadree Ollison led the Pitt rushing attack with 1,121 yards on the ground with twelve touchdowns last season and was named ACC rookie of the year.
University of Tennessee transfer Nathan Peterman took over nearly midway through the 2015 season, and the senior is ready for “PRIME TIME” again this season.
The Pittsburgh offense will be without NFL draftee Tyler Boyd, who led the team with nearly 1,000 yards catching the football from his wideout position.
Narduzzi will make sure the offensive line is intact.
Defensive Coordinator Josh Conklin did as the head coach asked last season. The Panthers ranked sixteenth nationally in total defense.
The run defense was stout, and they did a good job against the pass.
The Panthers play an aggressive attack style similar to Michigan State and are recruiting the personnel to become even better in various situations.
Star Defensive End Ejuan Price has a knack for getting to the quarterback. Linebacker Matt Galambos must become the leader of the defense for Pitt to take it to the next level.
The secondary is solid with 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year Jordan Whitehead being the headliner at safety.
The nonconference schedule is brutal with Penn State, Oklahoma State, and Marshall.
Bovada.Lv list the Pittsburgh Panthers at +1,400 to win the 2016-17 Atlantic Coast Conference Title.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2016 Pitt Panthers will finish the regular season with an 8-4 record.
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