Top DEs on display for USF, Pitt 

October, 26, 2009
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This past Saturday I attended the Pitt-USF contest at Heinz Field and came away very impressed with the Panthers' performance. They are a balanced team that has a good shot to win the Big East. On the whole, the Big East gets a bad rap, but Saturday's contest showed that it's a physical conference that is a bit underrated.

From a draft perspective, the headliners going into this game were a trio of defensive ends: Pitt's Greg Romeus and USF's Jason Pierre-Paul and George Selvie.

Of the three, I came away most impressed with Romeus. He looks like the most well-rounded 4-3 end prospect. Romeus is well put-together with ideal size -- at 6-6, 270. The junior prospect did a great job against the run; he proved to be adept at stacking O-linemen at the line of scrimmage and was able to use his hands to disengage from blocks and fall back into plays against the run. He made an outstanding tackle on RB Mo Plancher in which he was able to bring down the 200-pound runner with one hand after he attempted to make a cut inside. Romeus also showed good discipline in containing USF's read option.

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