Much attention has been given to the talent that Pitt has stockpiled over the last few years on their defensive line.
Despite graduating talented players like Rashad Weaver and Patrick Jones, Pitt’s cabinet is still full because of guys like John Morgan, Deslin Alexandre, Dayon Hayes, Habbukkuk Baldonado, Nahki Johnson, Bam Brima, Naquan Brown and Emmanuel Belgrave ready to step in.
Pitt’s philosophy of not rebuilding just reloading is something that also appears to be happening in Archie Collins’ secondary as well.
The Panthers secondary will not have starters Damar Hamlin, Paris Ford or Jason Pinnock in 2021 but thanks to some recruiting the last two years, Pitt still appears to be in really good shape.
Pat Narduzzi, Cory Sanders and Collins are taking the philosophy of depth is great and it will breed competition.
When off-season workouts begin in March, Pitt will have serious competition for playing time at both cornerback and at the two safety spots.
At cornerback, Damarri Mathis will return after missing the 2020 season due to injury, along with A.J. Woods, Marquis Williams and former four-star recruits Rashad Battle, Jahvante Royal, Khalil Anderson and M.J. Devonshire.
Trying to step in full-time to replace Hamlin and Ford will be names like Brandon Hill, Erick Hallett, Stephon Hall, Phillip O’Brien and Javon McIntryre.