Ejuan Price has been through a lot at Pitt and I think that’s been talked about enough, at this point. Injuries have plagued the senior, as has his size for a defensive end. Price only stands six feet tall, where many DEs in college football are at least 3-4 inches taller than Price. It hasn’t seemed to matter and it didn’t seem to matter again yesterday, in Pitt’s 56-14 victory, where Price earned Panther of the Game honors.
The Woodland Hills product was all over the field in a game where Pitt’s defense took a game off from being the fan base’s favorite whipping boy. The defense, as a whole, played very well, getting great games from Avonte Maddox, Matt Galambos, and a host of others, but Price is who stood out for Pitt. Price finished the game with three tackles, two sacks, and three tackles for loss. Add to that two QB hurries for Price and you have a player that Duke just had a lot of trouble handling all day.
I don’t think we have to sugarcoat things, at this point, in the season. Pitt’s defense has taken its lumps from the fan base all year long, so it was nice to see a complete team victory, where the defense had a major hand in the win. Price was disruptive all game long, as he has been all season long, so it was great to be able to name him as our Panther of the Game.