Tag:Greg Romeus
Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:18 pm

Romeus out for season with torn ACL

In his first game back after undergoing surgery to repair a disk in his spinal column, Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus tore the ACL in his right knee.

His 2010 season is over. Due to the fact that he redshirted in 2006, his collegiate career may be over, as well.

A 6-5, 265 pound senior defensive end, entered the year among the highest touted defensive ends in the country. It isn't difficult to see why. Despite having only played one year of high school football, Romeus earned all-conference honors each of his three starting seasons with the Panthers, averaging 45 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks during that time. Romeus earned the 2009 Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year with 42 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception despite often being double-teamed.

Romeus was clearly not himself in Pittsburgh's season-opener against Utah and had surgery on his lower back a week later. He triumphantly returned to the field last week against Connecticut and suffered the injury while rushing the passer.

The full extent of his new injury was only released today.

Romeus is expected to consult with several other doctors to gain other opinions before making a decision as to when he'll undergo surgery to repair the torn ligament.

Romeus may elect to try and get a rare sixth year of eligibility and return to Pittsburgh next season. There is precedence for the NCAA granting a sixth season due to medical hardships.

He also may elect to simply enter the draft. In this case, Romeus' final stock won't be determined until NFL doctors get a chance to review his knee at the Combine and in the medical re-check that occurs in the final weeks prior to the draft.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 3:55 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 3:58 pm

Don't have NFL Network? Scout Pitt-UConn w/ me

As most football fans know, the slate of Thursday games on NFL Network begins later today with a potential Super Bowl preview between the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons. Each club is riding high at 6-2 and in first place in their respective divisions.

Those fans that don't have NFL Network, however, needn't be wanting for good football on this Veteran's Day holiday. ESPN is offering an key Big East conference matchup between first place Pittsburgh and Connecticut.

Pitt's underclassmen talent at wide receiver (Jon Baldwin ) and running back (Ray Graham, Dion Lewis ) will get much of the media attention, but for scouts the real focus in this game will lie along the Panthers' defensive line.

There is a possibility that reigning Co-Defensive Player of the Year Greg Romeus will make his way back onto the field for the first time since the season opener. The 6-5, 268 pound Romeus entered the season among the nation's top-rated defensive ends and a likely first round prospect, but a back injury and resulting surgery to correct a lower disk problem has kept him sidelined.

In his absence, Pitt has received stellar play from their "other" defensive ends. Scouts knew all about senior Jabaal Sheard , who had played well opposite Romeus in the past and has elevated his play since Romeus went down. Sheard, in fact, has emerged as one of the nation's best pass rushers. He leads the Big East with nine sacks and as Pitt head coach Dave Wannestadt noted recently, his tenacity is one of the characteristics that is boosting Sheard's stock with scouts.

"Jabaal Sheard is having a phenomenal year. You have to really appreciate what he is going through to get to the passer. He just keeps coming and coming. He's rushing the passer as good as any defensive end in the country. "

As I mentioned in a previous post detailing the news of Romeus' impending return , the Panthers don't have to force their star back onto the field early. Junior Brandon Lindsey has done a great job of replacing Romeus (eight sacks, 12 tackles for loss so far).

Pitt's talented defensive line is arguably the biggest reason why the Panthers sit atop the Big East.

Baldwin and, most notably, Lewis, haven't been as dominant this season as perhaps some had expected, but with turnover along the offensive line and at quarterback from last year, it simply has taken them a little while to get rolling. Lewis, who entered the year as the favorite to be the Big East Offensive Player of the Year, has actually been overtaken by the sophomore Graham, himself a future NFL prospect. The Pitt offense has been playing well recently, however.

One bright spot along the Pitt offensive line is left tackle Jason Pinkston , a potential top 75 prospect for the 2011 draft, whose pro future may lie inside at guard.

Connecticut entered the season as a trendy pick to win the Big East and offers some interesting Day Three talent at linebacker and running back. Outside linebacker Lawrence Wilson is the headlining prospect on a senior-laden group in the middle. Junior running back Jordan Todman has emerged as the next big play runner from Randy Edsall's offense. Todman is helped with the blocking by fullback Anthony Sherman , who quietly rates as one of the better all-around senior prospects at the position in the entire country.

As always, those who would like to scout "alongside" me can follow my thoughts on this game (as well as the Ravens-Falcons contest) on Twitter. Follow me there @RobRang.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 6:07 pm

Pitt DE Greg Romeus near return to field

NFL scouts may finally get their chance to see Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus healthy this season.

The reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Year has been out of the lineup since playing in the season opener against Utah on September 2nd. Back pain made Romeus a shadow of his former self in that contest. He underwent surgery to repair a disk in his lower back approximately two weeks later.  

Though Pitt head coach Dave Wannestadt informed the media that Romeus has been medically cleared to play, the former NFL head coach isn't likely to rush Romeus back onto the field -- especially with the Panthers' next game so soon. Pitt travels to play Connecticut on Thursday.

With only one game played in the past 11 months, Romeus won't be in true football shape and the Panthers are fortunate to have had Jabaal Sheard and junior Brandon Lindsey step up in their play since Romeus was sidelined.

Sheard leads the Big East with nine sacks and Lindsey is right behind him with eight -- the same number Romeus had in 2009.

When healthy, Romeus has proven himself to be one of the top defensive ends in the country. At 6-5, 268 pounds he has the prototypical height, length and strength that teams are looking for and is capable of contributing early in his pro career as a true three-down right end. Romeus' return to health is especially important due to the fact that he remains a relatively raw prospect. Romeus only played one season of football in high school.

Following the Connecticut game, the Panthers have three more regular season games this season. At 5-3, including 3-0 in the Big East thus far, the Panthers are only one win away from guaranteeing a bowl berth. The only undefeated team in the Big East, Pitt is the favorite to win the conference and play in a BCS game.

With as many as five more games left to scout Romeus this season, NFL teams should have ample opportunity to determine if he is back to full strength and worthy of high round consideration.

Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:14 pm

Pitt DE Romeus to undergo back surgery Thursday

Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a disk in his lower back.

Head coach Dave Wannestadt, in a statement, said that he hoped to have Romeus back by the end of the season. It is unclear as to when Romeus originally hurt his back. He played, albeit ineffectively, in the season-opening loss to Utah. Romeus did not play last week against New Hampshire.

Part of Wannestadt's statement acknowledged that the surgery “is the best option for Greg, personally and athletically.”

Romeus, 6-5 and 268 pounds, is a signficant loss to the Panthers. Lining up opposite Jabaal Sheard, himself a legitimate NFL pass rush prospect, Romeus earned Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors last season with 43 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and a blocked PAT.

Regardless of if Romeus is able to return to the field for the Panthers this season, his final draft status will ultimately hinge on the medical grades given by team doctors at the Scouting Combine.

When healthy, Romeus has proven to be among the country's better pass rush prospects.

Prior to the season Romeus had been graded by NFLDraftScout.com as a potential first round prospect. I had him going to the Seattle Seahawks with the sixth overall pick in my initial 2011 mock draft (which featured only seniors).

Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:01 pm

Pitt DE Sheard suspended indefinitely for fight

Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard, one half of the Panthers' set of future NFL pass rushers, has been suspended indefinitely from the team after an arrest early Sunday morning.

Sheard was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of aggravated assault, resisin ting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. According to this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , Sheard ignored commands from police to stop fighting. He was hitten with a baton and pepper-sprayed and yet continued to fight 27-year old Edward Parker.

At one point Sheard picked up Parker and threw him through the glass door of La Fond Art and Photography Gallery. According to the article, Sheard walked into the gallery and continued to punch the bloodied Parker, who was laying on the ground.

Sheard, who has started each of the past 26 games for Dave Wannestadt's Panthers and was expected to contend for All-Big East accolades this season playing opposite Greg Romeus, is a legitimate NFL prospect. The 6-3, 255 pound defensive end posted 42 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and a team-high 12 quarterback pressures in 2009 and with opposing teams likely to focus much of their attention on Romeus, a potential Top 20 talent, the opportunity for Sheard to put up even better numbers in 2010 looked promising.

Scouts working for teams operating out of the 4-3 and 3-4 told me that each was quite interested in Sheard. They felt he had the combination of size, athleticism and natural pass rush skills to potentially fit into their scheme.

Instead, Sheard's NCAA and NFL future, for that matter, is very much in doubt.

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