If you spend any time on Twitter, you no doubt have seen people posting certain Pitt players wearing uniform numbers that correspond with the number of days left until the football season kicks off. Jim did it last year and this year, Pat Narduzzi has been doing it.
I know we have a lot of younger readers here and also some folks that may not have spent their entire lives following Pitt sports. For that reason, I thought it would be cool to not only do the countdown here, but also give a brief writeup on the player to potentially help fans connect a little more with some of the all-time greats.
Quick disclaimer - this isn't necessarily about picking the best player for each number. Not only is that disputable in many instances, but it's not really the point of the exercise. So don't be offended if your favorite player doesn't make the list here. I'll probably mirror Narduzzi's list for the most part but may go off the board in a few instances.
These will also be brief, folks. It's the offseason and we all use this time to wind down a bit. These won't be theses or anything, but we'll cobble together a few facts for each guy.
Finally, feel free to add on to a player's accomplishments in the comments section. Some I'll leave out due to space/time and some I may not even know about. But this will be a good learning exercise for all of us.
Next up in our countdown to the season with 96 days left? Defensive end.
I couldn't remember too many (okay, any) No. 96s off the top of my head but one that did play in quite a few games for Pitt in recent memory was defensive end/defensive tackle Justin Hargrove. He was recruited by Pitt largely for his potential and picked the Panthers over West Virginia. The Baldwin native played as a reserve throughout most of his career and was a four-year player at Pitt from 2008 - 2011 after redshirting in 2007.
The best game of Hargrove's career was arguably in the BBVA Compass Bowl win against Kentucky when he recorded three tackles and his first ever sack in a spot start.