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 Brian Guzek.
Guzek came to Pitt as a freshman linebacker in 1999 and due to injuries, played immediately. Despite playing in only two games before suffering a season-ending injury, he was denied a medical redshirt by the NCAA. He moved to the defensive line in 2000 and not only played in all 11 games, but started a couple of them at defensive end as a true sophomore.
His junior year showed real progress as he became the starter about halfway during the season. He finished the year with 48 tackles, including 11 for losses, and the highlight of his season was a fumble returned 80 yards for a touchdown. Guzek also played a big part as a senior, starting again at defensive end and recording 57 tackles and five sacks.
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