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 Dorin Dickerson.
Dickerson was a highly-recruited player, but took a while to settle in at Pitt. He started as a wide receiver and kick returner as a true freshman in 2006 before moving to linebacker in 2007. Dickerson had yet another change in 2008 when he lined up as a tight end and that move proved to be a good one. As a junior, he made a couple of starts and scored two touchdowns there. His senior season was impressive as he became an All-American with 49 catches, 529 yards, and a whopping ten touchdowns.
That was enough to get him drafted as Dickerson was taken in the seventh round of the NFL Draft in 2010 by the Houston Texans. Dickerson lasted several years in the NFL, playing parts of seasons with the Texans, Buffalo Bills, and Detroit Lions. He was also signed by the Tennessee Titans but hasn't played with them running into injury troubles that have kept him off the field.