5 Standout Pit Panthers to Watch in 2022

The 2022 football season officially begins today for the Pit Panthers as Pat Narduzzi, their coach and players reported to the South Side for the start of training camp.

As Narduzzi tweeted this morning, “2022 Camp starts today! All our goals are in front of us, it’s time to take it!!” #Me Not Us

After his first ACC championship in the program’s history, Pitt has only one goal. They are legitimate contenders to repeat as Coastal Division Champions. Despite losing Heisman Trophy finalist and first-round pick quarterback Kenny Pickett and Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Edison, the Panthers were still predicted by the media in the ACC Precision Poll to finish second in the Coastal Division.

Last season, it may have been a rebuilding year for Narduzzi’s team, but it hasn’t, as the coaches have done a tremendous job gathering the talent depth in their last few recruiting classes. Pitt is in the mindset of ‘we don’t rebuild, we just reload’.

The strength of this season’s team is visible on both sides of the line. The offensive line will return all five starts from 2021 and will be led by left tackle Carter Warren, who comes looking for a high pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. It should come as no surprise that Charlie Partridge’s unit will be strong as he has a wealth of embarrassment that extends to his third chord on his depth chart.

That being said, Pitt has a chance to return to Charlotte in December and to achieve all of his goals, new faces on the depth chart will need to step up and produce more than what they currently anticipate doing. are.

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Who can be these breakout players of 2022? Here are five names I’m looking forward to becoming the sleeper or breakout artist of the 2022 Pit Panthers.

Jevon McIntyre, Security –– The Imhotep Charter’s redshirt freshman in Philadelphia played little last season, but look to change that in 2022. The 6’1″, 195-pound defensive back will play behind starter Brandon Hill, but will still see plenty of action in Pitt’s plan. The Archie Collins unit continues to develop top notch defensive backs and McIntyre is the one who has the skill and ability to join that group. McIntyre is a smart player with good pace, good instincts and is seen by the coaching staff as a football fanatic. McIntyre was a member of the Pitts Class of 2021 and signed with Pitt on other proposals for Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Michigan State, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Arizona State.

Bengali Kamara, linebacker– Pitt needs to replace Cam Bright and John Patterson on the money linebacker spot and it’s time for Kamara to show his immense potential. After playing in all 14 games last season, mostly on special teams, Kamara showed so much in his limited time that many believed Kamara could grow into a star on this pit defense. The 6’2″, 225-pound junior from Akron, Ohio, signed offers with Pitt for Penn State, Syracuse, Rutgers, Purdue, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, Kentucky, Iowa State, Indiana and Cincinnati .

Bengali Kamara (11) – September 4, 2021 David Hague/PSN

Jaden Bradley and Jaylon Barden, Wide Receivers— One reason, Pitt Coach isn’t as nervous about the departure of all-world wide receiver Jordan Edison because of what was behind him on the depth chart. Don’t get it wrong, Pitt would love to take Edison’s catching pass from Nick Patti or Kydon Slovis this season. Anyone who says otherwise is not telling the truth. However, unlike the majority of the fanbase and media, Pitt’s coaches know the talent he still has at wide receiver and are excited to see his turn to shine in this potentially explosive offense. Jordan isn’t coming back but Jaden and Jaylon are, and I believe both Jaden Bradley and Jaylon Braden have a chance to make a name for themselves. Barden has shown glimpses of his playing potential, but injuries prematurely end his 2021 season. Barden is one of the fastest players on the roster and there is a big play waiting to happen. The 6’3′, 195-pounder Bradley played 12 games during his freshman season, catching 9 passes for 129 yards (14.3 average). Keep in mind that even after playing quarterback in high school and other positions at Dematha Catholic, he is still learning the position. The combination of Jared Wayne and Bradley would give Frank Signetti, Jr. two tall playmates to field the ball.

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Dayon Hayes, Defensive End— The Westinghouse High School junior shows a glimpse of his star potential as he gets his first real time in a Pitt uniform. In 14 games, Hayes made 16 tackles last season, making 7.5 tackles and 2 sacks for the loss. Despite being surrounded by a ton of talent, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hayes ended the season as Pitt’s most productive defensive end. With his athleticism and ability to reach the quarterback, Hayes would thrive on Pitt’s defensive plan and could grow into the next Charlie Partridge defensive lineman to have his name heard on NFL Draft Day. Hess was a member of the Pitts Class of 2020, and the 4-star recruit won major offers from Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia on major offers from his hometown school. selected.

Deion Hayes (50) and Will King (56) – November 20, 2021 David Hague/PSN