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New Pitt DE Chief Borders Partners With Alliance 412

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Pitt defensive end Chief Borders

Chief Borders has adapted to life in Pittsburgh very well since arriving from Nebraska last month.

Borders — a 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end from Carrollton, Ga. — is one of the newest Pitt Panthers, and now he’s one of the newest Alliance 412 athletes.

Alliance 412, the preferred NIL collective of Pitt athletics, welcomed Borders to its team Tuesday. He will be able to profit off his name, image and likeness through the NIL platform while creating content and giving back to causes of his choice.

Pitt had a need on the defensive line following losses all over the place, and Borders was a key reinforcement.

He isn’t super experienced. He has just 166 career defensive snaps through three seasons at Florida and Nebraska. But if the reports out of Lincoln are to be believed, he was one of the most improved Cornhuskers of the spring.

Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule spoke very highly of Borders following a scrimmage in April, via a report by Michael Bruntz of Huskers247.

“Chief Borders is probably the most improved player on our team through camp,” Rhule said after Nebraska’s first scrimmage. “I mean, Chief has (arrived at), ‘You know what? I can play.’ And he’s a problem out there.”

I don’t know about the report of Borders playing tight end in Pittsburgh, but there’s a legitimate path to playing time at defensive end. There’s a need, and for the first time in Borders’ career, he will be called upon as a legitimate difference-maker.

Borders was initially a four-star linebacker out of Heard County in Georgia in the class of 2021, committing to Florida over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Oregon, Pitt, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

He spent two seasons at Florida, recording just 19 defensive snaps during his time as a Gator, before deciding to enter the portal last offseason. He spent last season with Nebraska, getting his first real taste of college football.

Borders recorded nine tackles (three solo), 0.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup in 147 defensive snaps last season, lining up on the defensive line on 115 of those snaps. According to PFF, he registered three pressures, three hurries and two run stops — not missing a tackle.

He’s a welcomed addition to the defensive line room this summer, a much-needed injection of experience and potential. And he has the chance to be a star on the edge.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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