Pitt released its 2019 media guide on Wednesday, and that means an updated roster with new positions, uniform numbers and more.
Here’s some of what’s new and what’s changed for 2019:
Pitt has a big one, with 19 freshmen and three graduate transfers, but it appears that the whole class that Pat Narduzzi signed in December and February is on board for this fall. We already knew the numbers of positions for early enrollees Davis Beville and Liam Dick, and PSN previously reported that Kyi Wright would start at tight end, but the rest of this is new:
MOVING ON OVER
There’s just one position change, with redshirt freshman Kaymar Mimes again listed as a defensive lineman after moving from there to tight end early on his freshman season. Mimes worked at both spots in the spring.
CHANGING IT UP
Mimes also changed his uniform number for the third time. He was 98 last year, worked 82 in the spring and has now settled on 25. Other uniform number changes include redshirt freshman linebacker Wendell Davis switching from 30 to 20, center Kenny Rainey III swapping 69 for 52 and linebacker Jackson Henry going from 37 to 48.
Four walk-ons left the team after the spring session, with quarterback Justin Sliwoski, fullback Ryan Sliwoski, cornerback Kollin Smith and tight end Drake Toto no longer listed on the roster. Smith is still listed on the Pitt track and field roster, where he is a hurdler and long jumper. Justin Sliwoski and Toto remain enrolled at Pitt.
OVER THE LIMIT?
Without a scholarship player departure, Pitt appears to be one over the scholarship limit entering 2019. The Panthers had 17 graduations and four early departures for 21 open scholarships. They have 19 incoming freshmen and three transfers, so 22 scholarships are coming on board.
It’s possible that there may be a departure that has been unannounced or that a player that has been on scholarship will be taken off scholarship for this coming season.
Mitchell Northam contributed to this report from Charlotte.