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 Bill Stull.
Stull's career got off to a slow start by playing as a backup in 2005 and 2006. 2007 was his time to shine as a starter, but an injury forced him out of action early in the season. Stull returned as a junior in 2008 with 2,356 yards and ten passing touchdowns before starring as a senior in 2009. That season, he had career-bests with 2,633 yards and 21 touchdowns to only eight interceptions. He led the Big East in yardage and passing efficiency that season, and was the first quarterback for a 10-win Pitt season since Dan Marino. Stull made the All-Big East First Team in that 2009 season.
After graduating, Stull didn't play in the NFL, but has gone on to several stints in pro football in the AFL.