I will be counting down my own list of the top 50 Pitt football players since 1972. I have spent time doing a lot of research and talking to a lot of people when formulating this list, but ultimately it is MY opinion. The great thing about lists like this is that people will disagree, and feel free to, but just remember that there is no right answer so there's no need to go crazy if you do disagree. I will post this same intro with all 50 bios because I know the one time I don't, people will complain about not knowing what criteria I used. I will add at least one a day, maybe two.
My criteria for selecting the order is as follows:
3. Place in program history.
4. Only the player's careers while at Pitt are considered, not their NFL careers.
5. No current players.
29. Scott McKillop (2004-2008)- It took awhile for the Kiski Area middle linebacker to make his mark at Pitt but once he did, he made it big. McKillop was redshirted in his first year then had 27 tackles as a redshirt freshman and 29 tackles as a redshirt sophomore. Both seasons he was the backup for star middle linebacker H.B. Blades.
As a junior McKillop got his chance to start and he was fantastic with 151 tackles, which led the nation, and he received various All-American recognition. He led the Panthers to the No. 5 defense in the nation that season. McKillop also added 9 tackles for loss, an interception, 2 forced fumbles, and 8 passes defensed.
As a senior, the tackles numbers were still a very high 137, but this time 17.5 were for losses. He also added 6 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Once again he received some All-American recognition from various outlets.
For his career, McKillop has 344 total tackles, good for 10th all-time in school history, and he was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in the 5th round of the NFL draft. Prior to his second season with the 49ers, he blew his knee out, then was released prior to the following season. He's currently signed with the Buffalo Bills.