In somewhat surprising news, Pitt linebacker Cam Bright has decided to enter the transfer portal and will have one more season of athletic eligibility remaining.
The senior from Montgomery, Alabama finished the season with 53 tackles (32 solo) and 3.5 sacks. Over the last three seasons, Bright has been a fixture in the Panthers linebacker rotation and finishes his Pitt career with 177 tackles (111 solo) and 9.5 sacks.
Bright issued this statement on Twitter, where he announced this news.
“Thank God for Opportunity and Favor. Thank you, Pitt, for years of memories and relationships that will last a lifetime. This thought of a fresh start has been on my mind for weeks now and after much prayer I have decided to use my last year eligibility to find a new home and conquer new heights! H2P forever and wherever I land next, let’s accomplish big things! Unfinished business, time to run it back 1 last time.”
Bright, a 2021 team captain, becomes the fourth linebacker to transfer from Pitt since the start of the 2021 season, joining Wendall Davis, A.J. Roberts and Leslie Smith. While Roberta and Smith didn’t come as a surprise, Bright and Davis were somewhat unexpected.
With this news and the graduation of Phil Campbell, Chase Pine and John Petrishen, the Panthers appear thin at linebacker. Recent transfer addition, Michael Dowell appears likely to replace Bright and he’ll get competition from redshirt freshman Aydin Henningham.