120 Players To Know - Pitt DE Greg Romeus
Pitt DE Greg Romeus
Pitt DE Greg Romeus
Posted Mar 20, 2009

Who are the players you need to know about? Maybe they've been under the radar, or maybe they're the future NFL stars who'll be a really big deal next April. Get to know the stars of 2009 as CFN profiles 120 Players You Need To Know over 120 days (one for each team) continuing with Pitt DE Greg Romeus.

120 Players You Need To Know

Pitt DE Greg Romeus

By Richard Cirminiello

Who is Greg Romeus? … Three years ago, Dave Wannstedt plucked Romeus out of Florida without too much of a fight. Today, he’d likely be fending off Urban Meyer, Bobby Bowden, and Randy Shannon. Actually, it’s tough to blame the Big 3 for missing the boat on the skinny kid from Coral Springs. Romeus was a basketball player until his senior year, when he was convinced to try out for the football team. After one year, he was getting offers from the likes of Akron and UCF, but the Pittsburgh program and coaching staff just felt right. Under the watchful eye of defensive line coach Greg Gattuso, he’s blossomed from a 220-pound athlete to a 260-pound all-leaguer coming off the edge. A good-hearted gentleman away from the field, he’s all business on Saturdays. And if he keeps fine-tuning his footwork and overall technique, NFL scouts will be sniffing around Heinz Field before very long.      

Greg Romeus’ best game so far was
… Oregon State in last year’s Sun Bowl. Although Pittsburgh came up short in El Paso, it wasn’t the fault of Romeus or any of his defensive teammates. The Panthers held the Beavers to just a field goal, getting four tackles and the first two-sack game of Romeus’ brief college career. 

Why you should care about Greg Romeus? … Not only is Romeus one of the top young pass rushers in the country, but he hasn’t even begun to approach his full potential. Still growing literally and as a football player, there’s no telling how disruptive he can be once the game starts to slow down. While South Florida’s George Selvie is widely considered the Big East’s foremost defensive end, Romeus is closing the gap in a hurry.

Positives about Romeus … At 6-4 and 260 pounds, he’s a terrific all-around athlete and one of the Big East’s best pass rushers. He’s got the long arms, quick first step, and leaping ability to be a real handful for opposing offensive tackles. Although he’s added 40 pounds since arriving at 220 pounds, he’s actually improved his burst and speed through better technique and strength training.

Negatives about Romeus … Having only played football for a few years, he needs to get at better at the little things and the overall feel of the game. There’s room for growth in terms of football knowledge, breaking down film, and reading what the opposing offense is doing. Fortunately for the Panthers, his biggest limitations are the kinds of things that can be corrected with more reps and more time with the staff.  

A cool thing about Greg Romeus you probably didn’t know … He’s a person of deep religious faith, who attributes all of his blessings to God. He visits the chapel to pray before each game, and participates in the team bible study every week.

Career Statistics
2007: 41 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks
2008: 51 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three blocked kicks

Statistics, information and photo provided by the Pitt sports information department