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Pitt’s Players Make Impact at Senior Bowl

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MOBILE, Ala. — Pitt’s four representatives made an impact in the 2021 Senior Bowl on Saturday.

The Panthers, who had the most players in attendance of any ACC team, were represented by safety Damar Hamlin, defensive end Patrick Jones II, center Jimmy Morrissey and defensive end Rashad Weaver, with all four players making an impact on the game.

Hamlin had an interception that helped salt the game away for the National team in the fourth quarter. Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman’s pass was intended for Houston wide receiver Marquez Stevenson on the sideline, but it was defended by Washington cornerback Keith Taylor. The ball went up into the air and Hamlin came all the way over the from his middle of the field safety spot to make the play.

Jones had a sack and got into the action on another as the National defense harassed Newman and the other American passers. He beat Ole Miss tackle Royce Newman with an inside move in the second quarter to get a free look at Newman and brought him down on a third down.

Weaver spent most of his day playing out of position at defensive tackle due to a lack of bigger bodies, but he handled the transition well. Facing Alabama guard Deonte Brown, a full 100 pounds heavier than Weaver, the Pitt lineman was able to hold his ground, stuffing several running plays.

Weaver also had a big hit on Texas A&M passer Kellen Mond and stuffed Newman short on a fourth-down rush attempt.

Morrissey was the last player added to the game, did not participate in any of the practice sessions, but was a regular contributor for the American offensive line, and was one of the more effective American blockers when it came to being able to handle Weaver.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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