Stanford has proven they can throw the football this season, but the Cardinal will be up against one of the more tenacious defensive backs in college football in the 85th Hyundai Sun Bowl game against Pitt.
Pitt senior defensive back Dennis Briggs will line up all over the football field on Monday and will even be asked to shadow some of Stanford’s top playmakers. It is something he has gotten used to as a two-time captain for the Panthers playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
The Pittsburgh native has totaled 58 tackles (44 solo) this season and will be playing in his final football game on Monday.
“It’s going to be an emotional deal and I’m going to try and take in every second of it,” said Briggs. “Never again will I come out and play this game at this level. I’m going to be taking mental pictures throughout the game and just leave it all out on the field.”
Briggs was invited to play in the NFLPA All-Star Game, but turned the offer down to start the next chapter of his life after football. The finance major will earn his MBA in May and already has a job lined up at a bank in Pittsburgh.
“He’s our leader,” said Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi. “We are going to dearly miss him in the locker room and on the field when he’s done playing his last ball game.”
For Pitt to beat Stanford on Monday, the Panthers cannot give up the big play. Briggs, who toured Fort Bliss earlier this week, will play the last line of defense in the Panthers defense.