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 defensive lineman Bryan Murphy.
Murphy's career was one of some ups and downs with the Panthers. He was one of New Jersey's top recruits back in 2009 and got onto the field in several games as a backup true freshman in 2010 after missing the first half of the year due to injury. Murphy redshirted in 2011 as he was academically ineligible before becoming a starter at defensive end in 2012. He had a decent season in 2013 but it included some injuries and he only played in seven games. In 2014, he officially dropped off the map and left the program to focus on academics.
Murphy was one of those guys that seemed to have a ton of potential but didn't finish with the big career a lot of people thought he could have. With injuries, he really only played about two full seasons, racking up 43 tackles (11 for losses) and six sacks.