Habakkuk Baldonado Carries Torch for Pitt in Shrine Bowl
LAS VEGAS – With Carter Warren leaving Las Vegas early on Sunday, Habakkuk Baldonado ended up having to carry the torch for Pitt in the annual East-West Shrine Bowl game itself.
On a night that saw only field goals get on the scoreboard, defensive players like Baldonado certainly had their share of opportunities to make a play. And Baldonado took advantage of that as much as he possibly could have.
He was credited with a tackle, a quarterback hurry and a tackle for a loss on Thursday night. His efforts also helped lead to the West team claiming the victory, a 12-3 low scoring outcome with both teams failing to get into the end zone.
Baldonado was even responsible for one of the more memorable moments from the game, stuffing Utah running back Tavion Thomas almost immediately upon the handoff in the middle of the third quarter. He then added an explanation mark to the tackle with his celebration.
Haba Baldonado is a beast. Pitt develops players like no other. @abba1999 @CoachDuzzPittFB#ShrineBowl pic.twitter.com/nImvchE1VN
— Pitts Burgh (@LiveDiePanthers) February 3, 2023
Great player and even better person!