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 quarterback Pat Bostick.
As a five-star quarterback, it's safe to say that Bostick never quite lived up to the lofty expectations placed on him when he came to Pitt. But he'll always be remembered for his role as the starting quarterback in the team's big 13-9 win over West Virginia in 2007, scoring the team's lone touchdown.
Bostick was sort of thrust into the spotlight that year as a true freshman, which is never easy to do as a quarterback. He was expected to redshirt, but was forced into action with the loss of starter Bill Stull. No, his numbers weren't great with eight touchdowns to 13 interceptions, but he still managed to complete more than 60% of his passes and be a serviceable player in a difficult spot. After playing as mostly a backup in 2008 and 2010 (redshirting in 2009), Bostick ended his playing career a year early.
After his Pitt career, Bostick went on to call games for the Panthers on the radio. This year, he decided to step down from that role and focus on development with the Panther Club.