Redshirt senior offensive lineman Gabe Houy was one of many Pitt Panthers to announce on Monday his intentions to opt out of the Sun Bowl in order to fully prepare for the 2023 NFL Draft.
The graduate of Upper St. Clair High School started 21 games during his Pitt career, including 12 games this past season. The past two seasons, the 6’6″, 325-pound Houy was a mainstay on the right side of Dave Borbely’s starting offensive line, playing both right tackle and right guard.
“First and foremost, I’m sincerely grateful for my coaches, teammates, training staff, family, friends, and the University of Pittsburgh community for making my time here at Pitt an incredible journey. Thank you to Coach Narduzzi for your continued support and belief in me. I’m proud to have won an ACC Championship with you. Thank you to Coach Borbely for always pushing me to be my best, not only as a lineman, but as a man. Thank you to the strength staff and trainers for helping me to perform at the highest level. Thank you to my teammates for all the memories we’ve made and the lessons we’ve learned together. Thank you to my family and friends for all the unconditional love and support. After careful consideration and thought, I’ve decided to forgo our bowl game and prepare for the 2023 NFL Draft. It has been an honor representing my hometown, the city of champions, Pittsburgh. Hail to Pitt!”
Houy earned his bachelor’s degree in administration of justice and is pursuing a second major in communication.
Houy along with left tackle Carter Warren, left guard Marcus Minor and center Owen Drexel all played their last game as a Pitt Panther this season. Guard/center Jake Kradel is the only member of the starting line that has the option to return in 2023.