The Pitt Panther football team received a crushing blow today as they’ll be without one of their best players for the upcoming season.
All-American defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman announced that he plans on opting out of the 2020 season in order to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
NFL Draft Insider Tony Pauline first reported on Friday that this was in the works and Twyman made it official today.
— JT (@JaylenTwyman) August 8, 2020
Despite having tremendous talent and depth on the defensive line this is a huge blow to the defense as Twyman was the Panthers sack leader last season and one of the best defensive tackles in the country.
In early 2021 NFL Mock Drafts, Twyman is projected to be a high round pick and in some cases as high as a first round pick. Head coach Pat Narduzzi understands Twyman’s decision and is appreciative of his contributions to the program.
We will miss you, Jaylen. Always a Pitt Man. Forever a Panther. pic.twitter.com/gVAOpN7Cxf
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) August 8, 2020
This is the second consecutive year Pitt has list one of their best defensive players on the opening week of camp. Last season, defensive end Rashad Weaver tore his ACL on a non-contact play.
*A source tells PSN that Twyman is expected to sign with NFL super agent Drew Rosenhaus.