With the steady rise of the Pittsburgh Panthers football program over the past few seasons, several people have received their share of credit.
Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt gets a lot of well-deserved credit. His recruiting has changed the face of the Panthers from Big East doormat to conference title contenders.
Several players get credit thrown their way also, such as LeSean McCoy, Darrelle Revis, H.B. Blades, Dorin Dickerson, Dion Lewis, Greg Romeus, and Jon Baldwin.
One guy who's name should be a part of that list—but is frequently left out—is former Panthers quarterback Bill Stull.
While Stull wasn't flashy and didn't put up fantastic numbers, the one thing he did was win. In his two seasons as the Panthers starter (2008-09), Pitt compiled a 19-6 record, including a 10-win season a year ago, leading the nation's No. 15 team.
Stull's numbers weren't bad either. Last season, while earning All-Big East First Team honors, Stull had a very good season, completing 65 percent of his passes while throwing 21 TD and only 8 INT's.
I recently had the chance to catch up with Stull and talked about everything from his future, the future of the Panthers, and what he is doing now.
After not being drafted following his senior season, Stull found himself in rookie camp with the Kansas City Chiefs and then camp with the UFL's Hartford Colonials. While that didn't work out well, Stull left an impression with both teams.
"I still have a future somewhere in pro football," said Stull. " I did some good things in camp and still will have an opportunity to play in the future."
When Stull's playing career ended for the season, he immediately turned to coaching. Currently, the former Panthers quarterback is serving as a coach at Seton-LaSalle High School in Pittsburgh, where he once played high school ball.
"I wanted to be around the game," added Stull. "When things didn't work out for me playing the first time, I called coach (Greg) Perry and asked if I could work out and be around the team and he said they would love to have me. I love to coach quarterbacks. It's what I am."
During a Seton-LaSalle game on a Friday night, Stull can often be seen talking strategy with his new pupil, Rebels quarterback David O'Brien.
"Overall, I pretty much like to stay out of the way and let the kids get the attention," said Stull. "During games, I like to pull him aside and talk about what he is seeing out there and make sure we're on the same page. He's a very good young quarterback, so most of the time I just have to calm him down."
When he's not on the practice field with the Rebels, Stull still actively follows Pitt football. He's become a big Tino Sunseri fan as well.
"I like Tino a lot," added Stull. "He's going to be fine, as will the whole team. We have a lot of great coaches and Tino is a heck of a football player. They will put him in spots to succeed and I expect him to have a very good season."
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