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It's still the dog days of summer, but college football season is nrarly upon us. Local teams begin to open camp this week and next, and there are several players to keep an eye on.

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08/02/2016 - 14:54
Nathan Toth
Three WPIAL players were drafted into the NFL this past weekend. Former Pitt wide receiver and Clairton standout Tyler Boyd was the first local player off the board when the Cincinnati Bengals made him their second round pick on Friday night.

Scouts love Boyd’s competitiveness, route-running ability and hands, which make up for his lack of elite speed.

05/02/2016 - 12:54
Tony DeFazio
There may not be a player with local connections selected in the opening round of this month's NFL Draft, but the region will nonetheless be well-represented once again when the NFL comes calling.

Penn State's Christian Hackenberg is the only player from the area with any real chance of being drafted in the first round, but that would be a surprise at this point.

04/18/2016 - 21:26
Brandon Walker
From holes in the secondary to a new offensive coordinator to a slew of early arrivals, the Mountaineers have a lot to cover this spring.

1. THE OC: The Mountaineers hired 34-year veteran coach Joe Wickline as their new offensive coordinator in January.

03/20/2016 - 13:10
Brandon Walker
All three local Division 1 college football teams learned of their bowl destinations on Sunday. Pitt will face Navy in the Military Bowl, Penn State meets Georgia in the Tax Slayer Bowl and WVU plays Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl.

Pitt received an invititation from the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman and will play Navy of the American Athletic Conference in Annapolis, Md.

12/06/2015 - 20:39
Tony DeFazio
The Backyard Brawl is back, even if it’s not for another seven years. When the West Virginia Mountaineers take the field in Pittsburgh in the fall of 2022, the players that will be freshmen on those teams are mere sixth-graders now.

Many probably haven’t even started to play organized football yet. Nevertheless, it’s a good thing that the rivalry will continue, at least for four season from 2022-2025.

11/09/2015 - 18:16
Tony DeFazio
From 2008 through 2011, Hopewell running back Rushel Shell spent year after year establishing himself as one of the premier players in Pennsylvania.

After rushing for a state-record 9,078 yards and scoring a WPIAL-record 110 touchdowns, Shell became one of the most sought-after players by the top programs in the country.

10/18/2015 - 18:14
Michael Kiwak
The Panthers and Mountaineers will play a home and home four-year series

PITTSBURGH—The “Backyard Brawl” is coming back.

The series that provided such iconic Pitt moments as “4th and 17” and “13-9” will be played again beginning in 2022.

09/10/2015 - 23:49
PSR Staff
On the heels of a dismal 4-8 season in 2013—and seated firmly upon the hotseat—head coach Dana Holgorsen was able to steer the West Virginia football program back in the right direction in 2014.

The Mountaineers rebounded to finish the regular season with a 7-5 record.

08/03/2015 - 16:26
Matthew Zabierek
Training camps are open across the NFL and dozens of rookies are trying to buck the odds and earn a roster spot, including nearly two dozen with ties to western or central Pennsylvania.

Penn State and West Virginia each landed six players on NFL training camp rosters, while Pitt placed four and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference three.

07/29/2015 - 16:08
Tony DeFazio
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Bob Prince was best known as the voice of the PIttsburgh Pirates for 28 years, but it was not the only job he had over his Hall of Fame career. “The Gunner” also called Steelers and Penguins games at different times during his career and was part of the NBC broadcast team for the 1965 All-Star Game.
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Expectations are high for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016. A revamped defensive line, featuring two of the league's best ends in Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, is one of the main reasons why.
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The Steelers opened the preseason as the odd-on favorite in the AFC North, but injuries and suspensions could open the door for a still-talented Bengals team and Ravens squad looking to rebound from a disappointing 2015.
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Pittsburgh Penguins’ head coach Mike Sullivan has obviously spoken several very kind words about his championship hockey team. Sullivan has complimented his team’s speed, chemistry, and teamwork. But perhaps more than anything else, Sullivan complimented their toughness.
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College football is one week away, as Hawaii and Cal open the 2016 season in Sydney, Australia next Friday. The local teams don't kick things off until Labor Day weekend, but PSR has our preseason rankings together already.
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In the days leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, it was unknown whether University of Pittsburgh tight end JP Holtz would be selected.
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Western Pennsylvania's football recruiting class of 2017 is a strong one, led by Clairton's Lamont Wade -- one of the top recruits in the country. The class also features a multitude of interior line talent.
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Five of the top seven Heisman vote-getters are back on the college football field this fall, making this season's Heisman watch one of the most heated in recent memory.
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