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#81 Days Until Pitt Football: Derek Kinder

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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.

Continuing our countdown today is wide receiver Derek Kinder.

After a modest freshman campaign in 2004, Kinder got onto the map in 2005 with 37 catches for 374 yards. His junior year went well as he started getting onto the radar of the NFL with personal-bests in receptions (57), yardage (847), and touchdowns (six), as he looked poised for a big senior season.

Sadly, that never came. Kinder tore his ACL in training camp of 2007 and sat out the season. He came back in 2008, but his impact was minimal with 36 catches for 422 yards. Despite that, Kinder was still drafted, being selected by the Chicago Bears in 2009 in the final round. But he never played for them and was cut.

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