Pitt center Connor Dintino will play in the 2019 Tropical Bowl this Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida, the third Pitt player to accept an invitation in that game and the seventh overall to play in a collegiate all-star game.
Dintino, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound redshirt senior from Mashpee, Mass., started every game for the Panthers this season, initially at left guard, but then at center after an injury to Jimmy Morrissey.
A versatile player, Dintino played in 49 games for the Panthers over his Pitt career and was also a key contributor on special teams, played defensive tackle and fullback as a versatile players throughout his time with Panthers. He will now get an opportunity to showcase those talents for a future at the next level in Florida.
He’ll join defensive teammates Dewayne Hendrix and Elijah Zeise at the Tropical Bowl, while fellow lineman Alex Bookser and running backs Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison will play in the East-West Shrine Classic in St. Petersburg, Florida. Fullback George Aston has been invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena, California. Both of those games will be played on Jan. 19.
In its fourth season, the Tropical Bowl is the youngest of the postseason college all-star games. It will be played in Daytona Stadium, home to the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.