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January 10, 2013

Street plans to return for senior year

Devin Street will return to Pitt for his final season of college football, the receiver announced on Twitter late Thursday afternoon.

Street, who will be a redshirt senior in 2013, had been considering the possibility of leaving Pitt early and making himself eligible for the NFL Draft in April.

A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Street was Pitt's leading receiver in 2012, catching 73 passes for 975 yards and five touchdowns. After catching seven passes for 83 yards in the BBVA Compass Bowl last Saturday, he entered the offseason with career totals of 151 receptions and 2,047 receiving yards.

His receptions rank No. 6 all-time at Pitt and his yardage ranks No. 10. If he catches 28 passes in 2013, he will become the Panthers' all-time leader in career receptions - Latef Grim currently holds the record with 178 catches - and he would need 1,015 yards to pass Antonio Bryant for the No. 1 spot in career receiving yards.

Street figures to be even more of a primary option in Pitt's passing game next season. Mike Shanahan (62 receptions), Ray Graham (36 receptions), and Cameron Saddler (16) were next on the list of receptions behind Street in 2012, and none will be back in 2013. Of the players returning for 2013, tight ends J.P. Holtz and Drew Carswell had the most catches in 2012 of any player other than Street; they each caught 13 passes this past season.

Ronald Jones (7 catches) and Ed Tinker (5 catches) were the only other wide receivers to record catches in 2012. Brandon Ifill, Kevin Weatherspoon and Chris Davis and Demitrious Davis also return, and Chris Wuestner will be available after suffering a training camp injury as a freshman last August.

Pitt will also add Clairton four-star prospect Tyler Boyd, South Fayette's Zach Challingsworth, and Reginald Green from New Jersey to the receivers this year.

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