Revis is not only a physical shutdown cornerback, but he also excels as a punt returner. The 2006 Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back) winner is a versatile defender, having made a successful move to right cornerback from the left side before his final senior season.
The talented athlete is the nephew of Sean Gilbert, the former Pitt (1989-91) and Aliquippa High standout who went on to a decade-plus career in the NFL.
As a senior, Revis became the first player in Pittsburgh history to return interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive games (vs. Virginia and Cincinnati). He also scored twice on punt returns during his career (vs. West Virginia in 2006 and Cincinnati in 2005). A mainstay in the Panthers' secondary, he started 34 of 35 games for Pitt.
One of Pennsylvania's most versatile talents, Revis lined up at quarterback, tailback, receiver, cornerback and kick returner during his senior season at Aliquippa High School. He was named the Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year and first-team Pennsylvania Class AA All-State. He was chosen the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2003 Player of the Year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2003 WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year and was a member of the Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" and All-Midwestern Conference squads at both receiver and defensive back.
He was rated the nation's No. 44 cornerback prospect by Rivals.com and Pennsylvania's No. 20 prospect by Super Prep and No. 25 by Rivals.com. Revis was also selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic after he compiled 1,637 total yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 15.4 yards per touch. That year, he led Aliquippa to a 14-1 mark, the Pennsylvania Class AA championship and the WPIAL Class AA title.
In one of the greatest individual performances in a PIAA championship game, Revis scored five touchdowns, including three rushing, one on an 89-yard punt return and one on a 69-yard blocked field goal return. Revis' 64-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter gave Aliquippa a come-from-behind 32-27 victory over Northern Lehigh to clinch the state title. His five touchdowns tied a PIAA record.
Revis was also an outstanding basketball player. He led the Quips to a 24-4 record and their second consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship, as he averaged 22.8 points per game as a senior and scored 1,722 his final three seasons.
In basketball, he was an Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Basketball first-team honoree, a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" and listed among the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Basketball All-Stars. He led the WPIAL in scoring as a junior, averaging 26.2 points per game. In track, he ran on the Quips' WPIAL Class AA champion 400-meter relay team that placed third at the state championships.
Revis enrolled at Pittsburgh in 2004, starting 11 games (came off the bench vs. Notre Dame) at left cornerback. He was named first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News, adding second-team honors from Rivals.com, as he ranked sixth on the team with 49 tackles (36 solos). He caused a fumble, intercepted two passes and batted away 12 others. He ranked third in the Big East Conference with 1.17 passes defended per game.
The sophomore cornerback earned second-team All-Big East Conference accolades in 2005. He intercepted four passes and deflected nine others while registering 41 tackles (33 solos). He blocked one kick that fellow cornerback Josh Lay recovered for a 71-yard touchdown return vs. Connecticut and took over punt return duties full-time, gaining 324 yards with a touchdown on 28 attempts (11.6 avg).
Revis garnered first-team All-Big East Conference honors in 2006. He shifted to right cornerback, delivering 39 tackles (33 solos) with four stops behind the line of scrimmage. He deflected four passes and intercepted two others while gaining 190 yards on 22 punt returns (8.6 avg), returning one for a touchdown.
In 35 games at Pittsburgh, Revis started 34 times. He registered 129 tackles (102 solos) with 5.5 stops for losses totaling eight yards. He recovered two fumbles and caused another. Revis batted away 25 passes while intercepting eight others for 86 yards in returns with a pair of touchdowns. He blocked one field goal and returned 54 punts for 555 yards (10.3 avg) and two scores.
Positives: Has a muscular physique with a defined upper body, good trapezoid and pectoral development, tight waist and hips, good bubble, strong thighs, knotted calves and minimal body fat Has exceptional body control and adequate open field quickness Smart player who thinks well on his feet and can handle different assignments, making him more that capable to digest a complicated playbook Instinctive athlete who makes quick reads and compensates for a lack of blazing speed with good timing and a feel to make plays on the ball in flight (eight interceptions, 25 pass deflections in 35 games) Runs with a normal stride and has the flexibility, along with good size to be effective playing off coverage or in the press, showing tight coverage in both Can play the trail, cover or give a cushion Can flip and burst in the deep secondary, as it is rare to see him separate from the receiver for too long once he locks on Can play off the ball, but due to his lack of explosive speed, he is more effective in press coverage Alert and aware playing in the zone and shows good timing when breaking on the ball Has solid ball reactions and leaping ability to get to the pass at its high point Has enough range to cover up for his mistakes, looking faster in his stride when he keeps his pads down Not one to give much cushion, as he prefers to run step-for-step with the receiver Closes on the receiver in a hurry and knows how to use his long arms to reach around and deflect the pass out of the opponent's hands Has exceptional body control on his leaps, getting good elevation His hands appear soft and natural, as he can pluck the ball outside of his frame Not afraid to come up and hit in run support (63 percent of his plays were made in run support in 2006) Explosive hitter who will square up and put his helmet under the receiver's chin Shows good hip rotation and change of direction agility to mirror on underneath routes Stays in position on his press technique and is active with his hands to prevent the receiver from pushing off Has excellent timing, getting a good break on three-step throws Does a good job of fielding punts and waiting for his blocks to develop, showing the loose hips to redirect to the cutback lanes.
Negatives: Can turn and run well, but will get a little sloppy and erect in his backpedal Lacks the blazing speed to stay tight on the receiver in deep routes, but has a good burst to close and recover (likes to play tight, as he realizes he doesn't have the second gear needed when giving up a big cushion) Has soft hands, but will sometimes try to run with the ball on punt returns before securing it, resulting in costly fumbles Physical tackler in the open, but on occasion he will take a side Will come up hard in run support, but needs to be more active with his hands, as he doesn't protect his body well in a crowd, resulting in his sometimes getting washed out on the play Good press coverage defender and alert in the zone, but will hesitate at times when having to switch off on assignments Needs to stay lower in his pads when backpedaling (gets too erect), but does show control coming out of his breaks Would be even more effective as a run support player if he would wrap rather than body tackle (needs to face up with better consistency, as ball carriers can slip off some of his hits) Is generally a decent punt returner, but the coaching staff complained that he was doing too much tap dancing and running horizontally in 2006.
Compares To: ALAN ZEMAITIS-Tampa Bay Revis might not have the blazing speed to handle the quicker NFL receivers on deep routes, but has the hard-hitting ability to play in the nickel package. He could be more effective as a safety due to his range and natural hands. He also reminds a bit of Charles Woodson (Green Bay) for his ability to make plays in run support. His ability to play either cornerback position will see him gain a lot of playing time in the base defense as a rookie.
Became the first player in school history to return interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive games (2006 vs. Virginia and Cincinnati) More than 60 percent of his tackles have occurred in run support.
All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report All-Big East Conference first-team choice Semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back) Shifted to right cornerback, starting all twelve games Ranked seventh on the team with 39 tackles (33 solos) and made four stops for losses totaling 6 yards Deflected four passes and intercepted two others for 76 yards in returns and a pair of touchdowns Had 22 punt returns for 190 yards (8.6 avg) and a touchdown.
2006 Game Analysis
Virginia Opened the season with four tackles (3 solos), two pass deflections and two punt returns for 11 yards Intercepted a Christian Olsen pass midway through the third
Quarter, returning the ball 19 yards for a touchdown Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#84-Fontel Mines-Two catches for 25 yards.
Cincinnati Miscommunication in the secondary saw receiver Bil Poland snatch a 15-yard scoring strike with 4:35 to play, as Revis was in on four solo tackles while gaining 16 yards on five punt returns The right cornerback turned the ball over when he fumbled a Brian Steel punt that Cincinnati recovered in the third quarter Earlier in the game, Revis tackled Steel for a 1-yard loss at the Pitt 26 on a fake punt Revis also intercepted a Dustin Grutza pass that he returned 57 yards for a touchdown with 0:04 left to play, sealing a 33-15 victory Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#84-Bill Poland-Four receptions for 47 yards and one touchdown.
Michigan State Followed with four tackles (3 solos) and a 3-yard punt return Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#32-Jerramy Scott-Six catches for 74 yards.
The Citadel Did not allow any receptions, as Revis returned six punts for 33 yards and made one solo tackle Head coach Dave Wannstedt was not pleased with Darrelle's punt return duties, stating, "He (Revis) clearly has not yet gotten into a rhythm. Part of the drop-off is Revis' fault, but it is also because the Panthers have not done an efficient job of blocking for him. He is a dangerous return man with big-play ability, but at times he tries too hard and runs himself into trouble." The Pitt coach contends that last season Revis would catch the punt and run forward. This season, he is doing too much tap dancing and running horizontally Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#17-Ta'Mar Jernigan-No catches.
Toledo Managed only a pair of tackles Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#1-Nick Moore-Four catches for 14 yards.
Syracuse Collected four solo tackles with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage and returned two punts for 25 yards Took down Curtis Brinkley for a 1-yard loss on a run off left end in the second quarter and leveled Delone Carter behind the line of scrimmage on another run over left end in the third quarter Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#81-Tim Lane-One catch for 11 yards.
Central Florida Had two solo tackles, a pass deflection and a 3-yard punt return Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#12-Willie Thornton-One reception for 12 yards.
Rutgers Produced three solo tackles and had a 15-yard punt, but also saw Tigu Underwood snatch a 7-yard scoring pass from QB Mike Teel that ended a 72-yard, 9-play drive in the third quarter Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#7-Tigu Underwood-Five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.
South Florida Delivered four tackles (3 solos), including one that stopped Ricky Ponton for a 2-yard loss on a second-&-7 run midway through the first quarter in a sloppy 22-12 loss Revis was not pleased with his teammates' performance, telling the media, "I think we underestimated (South Florida). We had guys there to make plays and didn't get it done. Some people need to grow up. We could be sitting at 8-1. I think guys are not focusing in because things are going the wrong way right now. Guys are giving up too fast." Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#81-S.J. Green-Three catches for 45 yards.
Connecticut Registered six solo tackles, but managed only 2 yards on two punt returns, fumbling a 34-yard punt midway through the third quarter, but Pitt managed to recover the ball Also let Terence Jeffers slip past on an 11-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Hernandez in the second quarter Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#80-Terence Jeffers-Four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.
West Virginia Followed with three tackles, a pass deflection and a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#7-Brandon Myles-One reception for 12 yards.
Louisville Closed out his career with a 9-yard punt return and two tackles Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#7-Mario Urrutia-Six catches for 102 yards (Urrutia also had a second quarter 42-yard touchdown grab, but Revis was not on the field during that play).
All-Big East Conference second-team selection Started all eleven games at left corner-back, recording 41 tackles (33 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss Recovered a pair of fumbles and blocked a field goal attempt Gained 12 yards on four interception returns and led the Big East (ranked 20th nationally) with 324 yards and a touchdown on 28 punt returns (11.6 avg) Also deflected nine passes.
2005 Game Analysis
Notre Dame Began the season by deflecting two passes and making seven tackles (6 solos) Also intercepted a Brady Quinn pass for a 3-yard return.
Youngstown State Added a 9-yard interception return, three punt returns for 38 yards and made three solo tackles with a pass deflection while also assisting on a stop behind the line of scrimmage.
Rutgers Was exceptional at Rutgers, intercepting a pass and averaging 29 yards on four punt returns His 116 punt return yards were a career-high Added five tackles and three total passes defended.
Cincinnati Followed with 90 yards on five punt returns, including a 79-yarder for a touchdown and registered three solo tackles.
Louisville Was in on seven tackles (6 solos).
Connecticut Blocked a second quarter 26-yard field goal attempt that Pitt cornerback Josh Lay recovered, returning the ball 71 yards for a touchdown.
West Virginia Finished the season with three solo tackles and a pass deflection.
First-team Freshman All-American selection by The Sporting News, adding second-team honors from Rivals.com Played in all twelve games, starting eleven at left cornerback (came off the bench vs. Notre Dame) Recorded 49 tackles (36 solos) with an assisted stop behind the line of scrimmage Tied for the team lead with twelve pass deflections and also intercepted a pair of passes Caused one fumble and took over punt return duties late in the year, gaining 41 yards on four attempts (10.2 avg) Became the first true freshman to start an opening game for Pitt's defense since cornerback Shawntae Spencer started the 2000 opener vs. Kent State.
2004 Game Analysis
Was a standout in the West Virginia victory, as he intercepted a WVU pass at the Pitt 27, setting the stage for the Panthers' game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter and also had a 19-yard punt return Registered a season-high seven tackles vs. Boston College and made a key play when he wrapped up receiver Grant Adams at the Pitt one-yard line after the Eagles elected to go for it on fourth-&-goal from the five. The play came midway through the fourth period with Pitt leading 17-10 Picked off his first career pass and finished with five tackles and three passes defended vs. Rutgers Had six tackles with two passes defended at Connecticut Finished with six tackles at Syracuse Totaled four tackles and three passes defended vs. Furman Had three stops and two passes defended vs. Nebraska Posted four tackles and also forced a fumble vs. Ohio University.
No injuries reported.
Campus: 4.54 in the 40-yard dash 325-pound bench press 480-pound squat 37-inch vertical jump 4.05 20-yard shuttle 32 3/8-inch arm length 9 3/8-inch hands.
Attended Aliquippa (Pa.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Zmijanac One of Pennsylvania's most versatile talents, Revis lined up at quarterback, tailback, receiver, cornerback and kick returner during his senior season Named the Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year and first-team Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Chosen the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2003 Player of the Year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2003 WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year and was a member of the Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" and All-Midwestern Conference squads at both receiver and defensive back Rated the nation's No. 44 cornerback prospect by Rivals.com and Pennsylvania's No. 20 prospect by Super Prep and No. 25 by Rivals.com Selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic after he compiled 1,637 total yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 15.4 yards per touch That season, he led Aliquippa High to a 14-1 mark, the Pennsylvania Class AA championship and the WPIAL Class AA title In one of the greatest individual performances in a PIAA championship game, Revis scored five touchdowns, including three rushing, one on an 89-yard punt return and one on a 69-yard blocked field goal return. Revis' 64-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter gave Aliquippa a come-from-behind 32-27 victory over Northern Lehigh to clinch the state title. His five touchdowns tied a PIAA record Was also an outstanding basketball player Led the Quips to a 24-4 record and their second consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship, as he averaged 22.8 points a game as a senior and scored 1,722 his final three seasons Less than two days after his exceptional performance in the PIAA football championship game, Revis played his first basketball game of the year and scored 35 points as the Quips defeated rival Beaver Falls, 86-82, in overtime For the basketball team, he was an Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Basketball first-team honoree, a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" and listed among the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Basketball All-Stars Led the WPIAL in scoring as a junior, averaging 26.2 points per game In track, he ran on the Quips' WPIAL Class AA champion 400-meter relay team that placed third at the state championships Member of the Spanish Club and the Yearbook Club.
Social Sciences major Nephew of Sean Gilbert, the former Pitt (1989-91) and Aliquippa High standout who went on to a decade-plus career in the NFL, including stints with the Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders Son of Diana Gilbert and Darryl Revis Born Darrelle Shavar Revis on 7/14/85 Resides in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.