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• Pitt senior outside linebacker Clint Session was named Big East defensive player of the week following his nine-tackle performance in the 38-13 victory over Virginia on Saturday. Session also returned a fourth-quarter interception 78 yards for his first career touchdown. Rutgers’ Ray Rice (201 yards, three touchdowns) and West Virginia’s Steve Slaton (203 yards, two TDs) shared offensive honors, and Connecticut kicker Matt Nuzie (seven PATs, 41-yard field goal) won special teams honors.
• Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said sophomore tailback LaRod Stephens-Howling (ankle) is “day-to-day” but expects him to play Friday at Cincinnati.
• Redshirt junior Mike Phillips (ankle), who was limited to special teams play against Virginia, is listed as the starting free safety and also is expected to play.
• After serving a one-game suspension for violation of team rules, senior receiver Joe DelSardo has been welcomed back. Freshman receiver T.J. Porter , demoted to the scout team last week for disciplinary reasons, also will be available to play Friday.
4 – Number of former WPIAL players on Cincinnati’s roster: linebacker Robby Armstrong (Franklin Regional), cornerback Antoine Horton (Rochester), receiver Lance Jeter (Beaver Falls) and defensive end Donnell McKenzie (Aliquippa).
19 – Number of Pitt players who saw their first Division I action against Virginia.
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