Pitt Names Underwood Wide Receiver Coach/Passing Game Coordinator | Sports

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PITTSBURGH — Former NFL player Tiquan Underwood has been named Pitt’s new wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

Underwood spent the past two seasons as a wide receivers coach at Rutgers, where he himself was a record wide receiver from 2005 to 2008 before going on to an eight-year pro career.

“Tiquan is a terrific addition to our program,” Pitt’s trainer Pat Narduzzi said. “First and foremost, he’s just an exceptional person. Our staff really enjoyed getting to know him during the interview process and it was obvious he would be a great candidate. Tiquan is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable coach. that will help elevate everything we seek to accomplish offensively, it will connect immediately with our players and help them be better on and off the pitch.

“It’s an honor to be named wide receivers coach and passing games coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh,” Underwood said. “I am grateful to Coach Narduzzi and our Athletic Director, Heather Lyke, for the opportunity to join this exceptional program and university. Pitt is a special place with a great tradition. I look forward to helping this program to pursue another ACC championship and national title while working with our amazing student-athletes, coaches and staff. I look forward to getting started and helping to build on the strong foundation that is already established here at pitt.

Brennan Marion, Pitt’s 2021 wide receiver coach, left for Texas to be its wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator.

Joining a rebuilding effort on Greg Schiano’s Rutgers staff in 2020, Underwood has helped the Scarlet Knights dramatically raise their competitive level in the Big Ten. Under his tutelage, Bo Melton is achieving the highest production of his career, compiling more than 100 receptions for 1,256 yards with 11 total touchdowns during the 2020-21 seasons. Melton is considered a viable prospect in this year’s NFL Draft.

Prior to Rutgers, Underwood served as a quality control assistant with the Miami Dolphins (2019) and wide receivers coach at Lafayette College (2018). At Lafayette, he mentored Patriot League wide receiver Nick Pearson.

As a college boy, Underwood was a four-year man of letters for the Scarlet Knights and led the team as a senior. He ended his career ranking among the school’s most prolific receivers of all time, totaling 132 receptions for 1,931 yards and 16 touchdowns. His 248-yard receiving game against Buffalo in 2007 remains a school record.

Underwood was a Big East first-team player in 2007, when he had 1,100 yards on 65 catches (16.9 average) and caught seven touchdowns. His signature moment came in a 30-27 loss to No. 2 South Florida, the highest-rated opponent the Scarlet Knights have ever overcome. Underwood averaged 22.8 yards per catch — tallying five receptions for 114 yards — and scored two touchdowns, including a 69-yard third-quarter bomb that gave Rutgers the lead for good.

Underwood’s career coincided with one of the most accomplished eras in Rutgers football history. He bowled in four games (winning three) and was a member of arguably the greatest Scarlet Knights team of all time – the 2006 team that went 11-2 and finished with a No. ° 12.

A 2009 seventh-round selection from Jacksonville, Underwood played with the Jaguars (2009-10), New England Patriots (2011) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13) during his coaching career. five years in the NFL. He then played three seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL), including starts with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Montreal Allouettes.

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