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”
— Harry G. Psaros (@PittGuru) January 25, 2023
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.