Fan Vote - Greatest Freshman Season in Pitt History: RB Tony Dorsett (1973) (39% of the vote)
After the first day of scrimmaging at 1973 training camp, new Pitt head coach John Majors knew who his top ball carrier would be. Barely 175 pounds, Tony Dorsett seized the starting tailback job in August and then turned college football on its collective ear with a fabulous debut season. Dorsett became the first freshman to earn consensus All-America honors in 29 years after rushing for 1,686 yards and leading Pitt to a Cinderella Fiesta Bowl season. The '73 campaign, sparked by Dorsett's greatness, ushered in a Pitt football renaissance. It would be a springboard that four years later would produce a national championship for Pitt and a Heisman Trophy for Dorsett.
Fan Vote - Greatest TD in Pitt History: Running Back Tony Dorsett, 1976 (53% of the vote)
Tony Dorsett's senior season is the gold standard for Pitt running backs. In 12 games, Dorsett rushed for 2,150 yards and 22 touchdowns. Over the final seven games of the 1976 season, as Pitt was charging toward the national championship, he averaged 215 yards rushing per game. Having finished fourth in the Heisman balloting as a junior in 1975, Dorsett became Pitt's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1976. He earned 701 of a possible 842 first-place votes for an overall total of 2,357 points, finishing far ahead of second-place finisher Ricky Bell of USC (1,346 points).
In Wednesday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review, freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd and Pitt legend Tony Dorsett discuss their excitement for Saturday's matchup with the Irish. Read more below on the impending contest and take a trip back in time to Dorsett's record-breaking performance against Notre Dame in 1975.
With the Pro Football Hall
of Fame inductions this weekend, and Curtis Martin's enshrinement, we take a
look at Tony Dorsett and Martin who left Pitt and became two of the most
prolific backs in NFL history.