Pitt Wide Receivers Ready to Shine

WRs believe new coordinator will lead to big numbers

Jeff Hathhorn
August 05, 2019 - 7:15 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Last year Pitt had only 12 receiving touchdowns, were 108th in the nation in catches and 119th in receiving yards out of 130 division 1 football programs. 

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So when Panthers senior Maurice Ffrench said Friday they have “an explosive room”, you can understand why there were sceptics. 

“We have Aaron, who has the height and Taysir who has the speed and can run routes,” Ffrench said.  “You’ve got Tre who can run routes and has some speed and I can do the same thing.  Plus the young guys in Shocky, Cam O’Neill and Dontavius, we are just growing as a collective group.”

And while they don’t have the numbers to show it, they believe the change in offensive coordinators to Mark Whipple, whose UMass team averaged nearly 300 yards a game passing last year, and the improvement of quarterback Kenny Pickett, will show change.

“Last year only a couple guys were getting looks and I think now, with Coach Whipple’s offense, everyone is running full speed,” Pickett said.  “Everyone is running to win on every single route.  The separation the guys are getting is a lot bigger than we’ve seen in the last couple of years because I think everyone wants to win.”

“We come in and compete every day,” said receiver Taysir Mack.  “I feel like people really didn’t get to see the potential in the room because we played a role last year where it was the running backs were the strength in our offense, they carried us and we were the support system.  This year, I feel we have taken on a bigger role.”

“We know what we are capable of and we know that people don’t know what we are capable of,” said receiver Aaron Mathews.  “We are preparing to show the world.”

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