The Colts selected former Trojan receiver Michael Pittman Jr. in the second round of the NFL Draft Friday. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) Pittman was the eighth wide receiver selected in this year’s draft. He doesn’t profile as one of the faster receivers in his draft class — he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine — but he has been lauded by scouts and draft analysts for his hands, size and ability to make contested catches downfield. Scouts also view Pittman as a potential special teams contributor, a role which he occasionally played during his college career. Pittman is the 511th Trojan of all time to be drafted into the NFL, the most of any school in the nation. Pittman will be the newest target for potential Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers, who signed with the Colts this offseason after a lengthy career with the Los Angeles (formerly San Diego) Chargers. “I just couldn’t be more happy that I get to start with a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Pittman said of Rivers. The Colts finished with a 7-9 record last season, third place in the AFC South, following the surprising retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck just a couple weeks before the season’s start. Pittman will look to help add to an Indianapolis offense that finished with the eighth-fewest total yards per game and the third-fewest passing yards per game last season. However, the Colts finished with 22.6 points per game last year, 16th in the NFL. Michael Pittman Jr. became the latest Trojan to join the NFL fraternity when the Indianapolis Colts selected the wide receiver with the 34th overall pick in the NFL Draft Friday. In 2019, Pittman proved himself to be one of the best receivers in the nation, finishing fourth in receptions and 10th in receiving yards en route to a nomination as a Biletnikoff Award finalist. He started all 13 games for the Trojans and was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and AP All-American Second Team. “I am super excited to be a Colt,” Pittman said in a video posted to the Colts’ Twitter. “Let’s bring the juice.” “I was almost certain that I was gonna be a Colt today,” Pittman said. “You see the blue shirt? … Just based on the conversations that we had. I felt like we had a good connection and I just felt like it was the right fit … I think that they brought me in to impact right now.” Pittman also won the 2019 Pop Warner College Award, given to a senior who made an impact on the field, in the classroom and in the community. A team captain for USC, Pittman won USC’s MVP, Community Service Award and Lifters Award. “I feel like I try to be diverse in what I can do,” Pittman said. “I feel like I use my hands well. Being a bigger guy, people expect me to be physical and strong. So I have that, but I can also do all of the stuff that all of the smaller guys can.”
Tipp haven’t fared as well – beating Waterford, but losing to Clare in the opening round.Michael Ryan is still looking forward to welcoming the form team of the league to town.Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Saturday s Allianz Hurling League 3rd round, Tipperary versus Wexford comes in association with Sullivan Family Butchers Brooklands, Nenagh.Meanwhile supporters travelling to Semple Stadium this Saturday evening should be aware that there will be no parking adjacent to the Stadium unless you have an official car pass. Barriers will be erected and traffic will be stopped on the immediate approach roads to the Stadium.Car Parking facilities are available at LIT Thurles (on the Nenagh Road), Thurles Greyhound Stadium (opp the entrance to Ardáin Ui Riain), the VEC Grounds (beside entrance to Ardáin Uí Riain), Parnell Street Car Park , Liberty Square Car Park, St Patricks College (opp the Cathedral), and the Munster Hotel Car Park (opp Cathedral). It’s great to see Wexford hurling progressing, according to Tipp Manager Michael Ryan.He says this weekend’s game will be an interesting affair, as the Premier welcome the yellow-bellies to Semple Stadium.Wexford are two wins from two so far this year, and are sitting comfortably on top of the Division 1 table.