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Friday September 19 2014
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Steelers By The Numbers

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The summer is winding down, the evenings are cooler and the smell of fall is in the air... which can only mean one thing in Pittsburgh: Steelers season is upon us. As Training Camp comes to en end, PSR looks ahead.

0: Number of Steelers defenders with more than 2 interceptions in 2011


1: Number of fullbacks likely to make the roster. After David Johnson's knee injury in the first preseason game, it looks like the job is Will Johnson's to lose


5: Number of years remaining on head coach Mike Tomlin’s contract after his recent extension


6: The number of players who were placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Play) list upon arriving at training camp


11: Seconds into overtime it took Tim Tebow and the Broncos to end the Steelers season last year


11: Total number of interceptions by the Steelers


23: Total number of field goals made in 2011 by Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham


24: The pick at which Steelers’ first-rounder David DeCastro was selected in the 2012 NFL DraftPhoto by Ronald Vezzani Jr.


30: Age of Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger


35: Sacks by the Steelers defense in 2011


36: Touchdowns scored last season


42: Sacks allowed by the Steelers offensive line


53: Number of active roster spots for the Steelers going into the 2012-2013 season


75: Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s age on Sept. 9


80: Number of seasons the Pittsburgh Steelers have been in existence


100: Completion percentage of receiver Emmanuel Sanders and punter Daniel Sepulveda in 2011


123: Number of times Antonio Brown was targeted in the passing game last season, tops on the team


341: Total number of first downs picked up by the Black and Gold last year.


1,903: Total number of rushing yards in 2011


4,054: Total number of passing yards by the Pittsburgh offense a season ago


5,957: Total offensive yards in 2011


2.7 million: Number of dollars the Steelers tendered to wide receiver Mike Wallace as a restricted free agent. Wallace declined to take that offer and has yet to show up at training camp


Photo by Vincent Pugliese42.5 million: The total value of wide receiver Antonio Brown’s newly signed five-year contract.

I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.
Editor's DeskFeature OneHigh School
On the heels of two straight wins, the Franklin Regional Panthers are looking to improve to 3-1 Friday night as welcome the Indiana Little Indians (2-1) to Panther Stadium.
Feature TwoHSCOGOS2014Press Room
Belle Vernon will battle Hollidaysburg in a WPIAL Triple-A clash Friday night with both teams looking for their third win on the season.
Feature ThreeHSUSS2014Press Room
The Steelers traditional powerhouse defense has set a yearly standard for fans and pundits for decades. But an aging Pittsburgh defense has had a rocky time the last couple of seasons.
Feature FourPure Steel
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Twenty-two WPIAL football teams will have new coaches pacing the sidelines this season, including a few that will be featured in the CoGo's Feature Matchup this season.
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Several of the most coveted recruits throughout the WPIAL have already made their college decisions, most notably Sterling Jenkins of Baldwin. Others, like Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead, are still being recruited.
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Bill Cherpak misses the way it used to be. Back in the 80’s, when the current Thomas Jefferson High School coach was a player at Steel Valley, the recruiting process wasn’t publicized. It was low-key compared to the present.
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The Mon-Valley has put plenty of athletes on Division 1 football teams over the years, including several who made it to the NFL. There are a few Mon-Valley natives playing D-1 ball this season.
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