Preview 2019: Pitt. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Pitt. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Pitt. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PITT DEFENSE

The defense wasn’t all that bad considering how many issues there were in previous seasons. The run defense might have had its down moments, and the secondary want’s a rock, but the pass rush was okay and the D finished fifth overall in the ACC. Six starters return, but three of the fop five tacklers are done.

The line suffered a massive blow losing pass rushing star Rashad Weaver to a torn ACL, but the combination of Amir Watts and Jaylen Twyman on the inside should be okay in a rotation. If Patrick Jones can turn into a terror despite the loss of Weaver – he showed flashes – the Panther front four will still be a problem for offenses.

– The outside linebackers have to be replaced, but junior Elias Reynolds turned into a decent starter in a 49-tackle season. The secondary also loses just enough parts to be annoying, but junior Dane Jackson should turn into one of the ACC’s better corners, and Damar Hamlin is a 90-tackle free safety with great range.

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