Kicker Chris Blewitt has quiet but effective year for Pitt

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

We spent a lot of the season ripping Paul Chryst's special teams for Pitt this season, but the unit wasn't a complete bust. Freshman kicker Chris Blewitt quietly had a pretty good year.

Blewitt was the team's starter despite being a true freshman. But if this year was any indication, the Panthers shouldn't have to worry about the position for the next three seasons.

He didn't get a ton of attempts, but Blewitt made a respectable 11 of his 14 field goals, connecting on 79% of his kicks. Six of those 14 tries were from distances of at least 40 yards or more and Blewitt missed only one. Blewitt was nearly perfect on extra points as well, missing only one in 38 tries.

When you add it all up, he really had only one bad game in my opinion, against Duke, having a field goal blocked and missing an extra point.

For a true freshman, it's really hard to find a lot of fault with Blewitt. His kickoffs were short, but for the most part, he was pretty reliable and should continue to get better. Now if only the rest of the special teams would follow.

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