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Pitt DT Tyler Bentley Returning For One More Season in 2023

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Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and Pitt were awaiting the decisions of a few defensive linemen entering the 2023 season, after Tyler Bentley’s announcement, Partridge will get all three.

David Green and Devin Danielson already announced their returns, and Bentley followed suit by announcing via Instagram that he’ll be utilizing his COVID-19 eligibility and returning for the 2023 season.

“Last Ride #H2P”

In Bentley’s five seasons in Pittsburgh, after not playing a game as a true freshman in 2018, he’s made 48 appearances — starting 11 games during that time.

In 12 appearances in 2022, recording 247 defensive snaps, Bentley recorded 13 tackles (six solo), two tackles for loss, two sacks and a pass breakup. In his Pitt career, he’s racked up 51 tackles (12 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two pass breakups.

As a reserve defensive lineman in 2022, Bentley graded out solidly across the board in both run-stopping and rushing opposing quarterbacks.

With the quartet of Calijah Kancey, Habakkuk Baldonado, Deslin Alexandre and John Morgan all moving on next season, the return of Green, Danielson and Bentley provides a solid veteran core on the inside.

With players like Elliot Donald, Dorien Ford, Sean FitzSimmons and Jimmy Scott all rising in the system, it’s a solid blend of youth and experience in the defensive line room.

The only defensive lineman yet to announce his intentions for next season is Chris Maloney.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Pittband
Pittband
2 days ago

Is this the last Covid season?

Tom D
Tom D
2 days ago
Reply to  Pittband

Believe so yes

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
2 days ago
Reply to  Tom D

2025. Freshman in 2020-21 have six years on the clock to complete 5 per NCAA guidelines

Giovanni
Giovanni
2 days ago

This is not necessarily good news since it’s really time to get Donald, Scott, and Ford on the field. Each of them possess true star potential. Keeping them on the bench for another season, for a more senior player who is not of star potential (Narduzzi’s stubborn style), is not what’s best for the team. This would also greatly increase the chances of losing great young players to the transfer portal. I guess we can only hope that Duzz/coaches have matured enough to make the sensible decision regardless of how tough it may be on the more senior, albeit less… Read more »

JHOFF14
JHOFF14
2 days ago
Reply to  Giovanni

All of those young players are going to play, and benefit from watching the older players, it helps them develop.

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