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Pitt All 105: LS Nico Crawford Wants to Play in Pittsburgh

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Pitt football lands Nico Crawford, a long snapper transfer from Charlotte

All 105 is a Pittsburgh Sports Now series profiling each of the 105 members of the Pitt 2024 training camp roster. 

Nico Crawford, a redshirt sophomore long snapper from Dublin Scioto in Dublin, Ohio

2023 season: Crawford played in 11 games last season at Charlotte, serving as the long snapper for point-after attempts and field goals

Stats: Crawford has one season of long snapping duties under his belt, filling the role at Charlotte. He didn’t see the field during his lone season at Illinois in 2022

Camp outlook: Crawford is entering camp as the backup behind Nilay Upadhyayula and will work with the 2s and 3s during drills, but there’s the potential to work into the starting spot

Projected role: Unless Upadhyayula goes down with an injury, it seems unlikely that Crawford will see much action in 2024, but he has the chance to prove otherwise with his play during camp

Nico Crawford (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) is at his third school in three years, starting at Illinois before spending a season at Charlotte last season.

Following his freshman season at Illinois, Illini special teams analyst Greg Froelich asked if Crawford would like to join him at Charlotte, where Froelich was moving to serve as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator. It was a valuable experience for the long snapper.

“It was a good time to go to the American (Athletic Conference), understand how college ball is, play and then give myself a chance to play Power Five and get a great degree at the University of Pittsburgh,” Crawford told Pittsburgh Sports Now in January.

“My goal is to come in and play. I know (Pitt kicker) Ben Sauls really well, we went to camps together and stuff. Just trying to do my part, just see whatever happens and leave no regrets. That’s what I was telling (former special teams coach Andre) Powell. So, we’ll just see what happens.”

Crawford arrived in Pittsburgh to play for Powell, but he’s working under Jacob Bronowski now, and the new special teams coordinator has grand plans for the future.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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