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  The scouting reports on Akron wide receiver Konata Mumpfield were glowing. His speed, hands and route-running ability had placed him among the best pass catchers in the Mid-American Conference and earned him Freshman All-American status. When his name appeared in the NCAA transfer portal after last season, he was recruited seriously by Pat Narduzzi, the coach of a Power 5 conference champion. Finally, Mumpfield no longer was unappreciated as he had been when he left Dacula (Ga.) High School with no Power 5 offers, according to Rivals.com. Pitt wanted him now, and not just for depth. Narduzzi needed him to help maintain a strong passing game. Had Mumpfield finally arrived? In his mind, not quite.

After transferring from Akron to Pitt, he believed he still had something to prove. So, he started training camp hoping to make a good first impression by diving for wayward passes. "It's one of those things where you come out, new team, fall camp," he said, "you have to prove yourself." Narduzzi knows this about practice fields: The ground is unforgiving. After watching Mumpfield hit the ground with a thud too many times, the coach had flashbacks to the shoulder injury quarterback Nick Patti suffered diving for the pylon in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. "He needs to stop diving for passes," Narduzzi said of Mumpfield. "We know he's going to make plays. I grabbed him a couple days ago and just said, 'Listen, you have to stop doing that.' We need to get you to Sept. 1 and the rest of the season (healthy). "Slow down. You've made the point." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


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