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Pitt’s Aaron Mathews to Play in 2020 Tropical Bowl



Former Pitt and Clairton wide receiver Aaron Mathews will play in the 2020 Tropical Bowl, the game announced on Tuesday.

Mathews, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver played four years with the Panthers and appeared in 51 games, making 14 starts.

He finished the 2019 season with 220 yards on 13 catches and one touchdown. Mathews also threw a touchdown to Kenny Pickett on the “Pitt Special” play to beat then-No. 15 UCF in the final minute.

He finished his Pitt career with 44 catches for 580 yards. Mathews also drew praise from his coaches and teammates for his abilities as a downfield blocker from the receiver position and also on special teams, where he covered kickoffs and punts.

Mathews joins cornerback Dane Jackson, who will be playing in the Senior Bowl and safety Damar Hamlin, who will be playing in the East-West Shrine Classic, as Pitt players on rosters in college football all-star games.

The Tropical Bowl is in its fifth season and is geared toward players that players that are likely to go undrafted. Three Pitt players — linebacker Elijah Zeise, defensive end Dewayne Hendrix and center Connor Dintino — played in the game last year, as did Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges, who went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This season’s game will be played at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Spec Martin Stadium, home of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida near Daytona Beach.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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