With National Signing Day right around the corner, Pitt has turned to a MAC school to shore up its offensive line with some experienced talent.
Stefano Millin confirmed to Rivals.com that he has decided to transfer from Kent State to Pittsburgh. As Millan will be coming to the Panthers as a graduate transfer, he’ll be able to use his final year of eligibility with the Panthers this season.
Millin confirmed that the Panthers’ need on the left side of the line played a role in his decision to transfer into Pat Narduzzi‘s football program.
“With Brian O’Neill doing to the NFL, they needed a left tackle,” Millin told the website. “And when I talked to Coach Narduzzi just now he said he’d be shocked if I don’t win the job. Nothing is given, I understand that, but it’s really a good opportunity and my plan is to go in and be the left tackle.”
Millin had started 27 games in a row for the Golden Flashes, including all 12 in 2017. All told, he started 33 of the 36 games in which he played the past three seasons.
Sean Lewis has turned to a member of the national championship runners-up in putting the finishing touches on his first coaching staff as a head coach.
Kent State announced Tuesday that Lewis has hired Will Windham as his inside linebackers coach. Windham spent the 2017 season as a defensive quality control coach at Georgia.
This will mark Windham’s first on-field job at the collegiate level
“Will’s a man of great character with a personality that fits our brand of football,” a statement from Lewis began. “We’re excited to bring his expertise on defense. Coming from Georgia, he’s learned a tremendous amount about creating a championship culture.”
With Windham’s hiring, Lewis now has all 10 of his full-time on-field assistants in the fold and under contract.
Sean Lewis‘ first staff at Kent State will come armed with a famous coaching surname.
The football program announced Monday that Lewis has hired a total of six new assistants. One of the coaching sextet is Mackey MacPherson, the grandson of former Syracuse head coach Dick MacPherson.
The younger MacPherson will coach the Golden Flashes running backs after spending the past two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant with the Orange. Both Lewis and MacPherson were on Dino Babers‘ staff at the ‘Cuse.
The other full-time assistant hired by Lewis are as follows:
Zac Barton — special teams coordinator
Brian Cochran — defensive line
Jon Cooley — safeties coach
Matt Middleton — wide receivers coach
Bill O’Boyle — offensive line
Nearly two weeks ago, Lewis announced the hiring of his coordinators on both sides of the ball.
One day after Woody Barrett announced that he has found a new college football home, the school has confirmed as much.
Kent State sent out a press release Monday evening acknowledging that Barrett has signed with the football program. After spending the 2017 season at a Mississippi junior college, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.
Counting this coming season, Barrett will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“We’re excited about Woody’s potential, his ability and his raw tools both throwing and running the football,” new Golden Flashes head coach Sean Lewis said in a statement. “And we’re excited to have him on campus to be training with our team as we get ready for spring ball.”
A four-star member of Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class, Barrett was rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country that cycle. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then opted to transfer from the Tigers in May of last year, ultimately ending up at the JUCO level.
At Copiah-Lincoln Community College this past season, Barrett passed for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games, adding another 485 and six on the ground.
Woody Barrett signed with Auburn in 2016 but never saw the field for the Tigers. However, his dream of playing FBS quarterback was not dead.
A 3-star prospect from Winter Garden, Fla., Barrett spent the 2017 season at Mississippi’s Copiah-Lincoln Community College, but on Sunday announced his return to FBS.
Barrett has committed to Kent State, according to a post on his Twitter account.
Barrett will play for head coach Sean Lewis and offensive coordinator Andrew Sowder, a pair who worked together previously at Bowling Green and are students of the Art Briles playbook.
According to Auburn Undercover, Barrett threw for 1,294 yards and rushed for 485 yards with 14 total touchdowns for Copiah-Lincoln this season, but also turned the ball over seven times in nine games.
Rising senior George Ballas led Kent State with 1,133 yards with four touchdowns against 12 interceptions this season. As a team, the Golden Flashes completed 48.7 yards per attempt for 6.3 yards per attempt with eight touchdowns against 15 interceptions, good for 125th nationally in passing efficiency en route to a 2-10 season.