Pitt coach steps down for job with NFL Ravens


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Pitt wide receivers coach Bobby Engram is expected to leave the Panthers to take the same position with the Baltimore Ravens, a source confirmed Thursday.

An official announcement could come as early as today. The move was first reported by coachingsearch.com.

When asked about Engram’s job status at his signing day news conference Wednesday, Pitt coach Paul Chryst said he “didn’t know” what Engram’s future held.

“I’m not surprised,” Chryst said. “I think we’ve got some really good coaches on this staff.”

Chryst hired Engram shortly after he came to Pitt in 2012, and Engram has coached the team’s wide receivers the past two seasons.

Under Engram’s watch, receiver Devin Street earned all-league honors each of the past two seasons and ended his career with the most career receptions in Panthers history.

This past season, Engram helped freshman Tyler Boyd turn into a dynamic offensive weapon.

Despite not playing receiver primarily at Clairton High School, Boyd finished his first collegiate season with 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns.

Engram’s most important contributions to the Panthers, though, might have come as a recruiter. He played a key role in securing many of the 2014 prospects that signed Wednesday with Pitt, including serving as the lead recruiter for four-star wide receiver Adonis Jennings. He also was the lead recruiter for Boyd in 2013.

Engram was a second-round NFL draft pick out of Penn State in 1996. He was an All-American with the Nittany Lions and won the first Biletnikoff Award for Division I-A’s best receiver in 1994.

He played for 14 years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, racking up 650 career receptions for 7,751 yards and 35 touchdowns.

After retiring in 2010, Engram spent one year as an offensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers before joining the Pitt staff.


Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com and Twitter @SWernerPG

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