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Narduzzi Speaks on Larry Fitzgerald, Jurkovec and Resiliency Ahead of UNC



Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi has been readying his team for the upcoming matchup against No. 17 North Carolina

The Panthers are currently 1-2, losing their past two games to Cincinnati at home in the River City Rivalry and then to West Virginia last weekend in Morgantown in the Backyard Brawl. If the Panthers lose to the Tar Heels Saturday night, 8:00 p.m. at Acrisure Stadium, they will fall to 1-3 for the first time since 2017.

WPXI sports reporter Jenna Harner held her weekly sit-down with Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi on Thursday.

The duo spoke about the four Pitt football players who are joining the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. This includes wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, quarterback Matt Cavanaugh, defensive lineman Chris Doleman and offensive lineman Ruben Brown.

They also discussed going into ACC play with the game against the Tar Heels and what the difference is between that and non-conference play.

Narduzzi also spoke on making sure the Pitt defensive line is ready to take on the North Carolina offensive line, quarterback Drake Maye and his talented options in his wide receivers and running backs.

They also discussed the resiliency of this team; how important it has been in the past and what it means right now.

Narduzzi reaffirmed his confidence in redshirt senior quarterback Phil Jurkovec and dismissed ideas that the team isn’t ready to support him through this rough stretch.

Pitt is 2-7 vs. North Carolina since joining the ACC in 2013, while Narduzzi himself is 2-5 against them. North Carolina opened up on Sunday as a 5.5 favorite against Pitt for this game.

It’ll be interesting to see if Pitt can rally back and start ACC play off win a huge win. UNC poises many threats and is one of the top teams in the conference, so it will be a tough challenge for Pitt to accomplish, at least how things have looked so far this season.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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