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Pitt's Cruz named John Mackey Tight End of the Week

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Sophomore caught two touchdown passes in Pitt's win over Rutgers.

Pitt sophomore tight end Mike Cruz has been named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week for his performance in the Panthers’ 41-21 victory over Rutgers, it was announced today by the Nassau County Sports Commission.

Cruz (Johnstown, Pa./Bishop McCort) had two catches against Rutgers – both going for touchdowns. His first scoring reception was a 3-yarder that tied the game, 7-7, in the opening period. His other TD was an 11-yard reception that gave Pitt the lead for good, 21-14, in the third quarter.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Cruz contributed to an offensive effort that produced 513 yards, the Panthers’ highest single-game production since 2005.

On the season, Cruz has eight receptions for 77 yards (9.6 avg.) and two scores.  

Pitt (4-3, 2-0 Big East) will host Louisville (4-3, 1-1) this Saturday, Oct. 30, at Heinz Field. The contest will have a noon kickoff and be televised by ESPN Regional as the “Big East Network Game of the Week” (WTAE-TV, channel 4, in Pittsburgh).

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