We've been talking about Pitt's secondary since the season ended last year. I've thought for while now that it's been the best unit on the team and that seems to be a consensus.
Athlon recently ranked the best secondaries in college football and it's no surprise that the Panthers made the top 25, checking in at No. 16.
I actually think the Panthers' unit may be a bit underrated. They ranked 20th in the nation last year in pass defense and return three of their four starters. Each of those guys, including Lafayette Pitts who was only a freshman last year, should be better. Also returning is Jason Hendricks, who led the Big East with six interceptions.
We're still a while away from knowing if this will be true, but I can see all three returnees, Pitts, Hendricks, and K'Waun Williams, making an NFL roster. Ray Vinopal may not be Jarred Holley at safety, but as a Michigan transfer and with a year to learn in practices, I'm not sure he's chopped liver, either.
This unit has all the makings of being a very good one this season.
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