WEST VIRGINIA JUNIOR
E.J. BORGHETTI, the sports information director at
Pitt, attended his first Panthers game during Tony Dorsett's 1976 Heisman
season and has watched hours of Dorsett highlights. He also witnessed the show
that Steve Slaton put on in two games against Pitt--a combined 394�rushing
yards and six�touchdowns. "Both remind me of a running back in a video
game," Borghetti says of the two native Pennsylvanians. "They burst
into the secondary, and everybody tries to chase them down." Like the 5'
11", 192-pound Dorsett, Slaton (5' 10", 190) is best known for his
breakaway speed; 10 of his 18 TDs last season went for 30 yards or more.
Dorsett ended his career with a then Division I record 6,082 rushing yards. If
Slaton can duplicate his 2006 total (1,744) in each of the next two seasons,
he'll surpass Dorsett by 278.
"Great backs see things and react. That's what
Steve does. He cango the distance from anywhere on the field, and that's
something I had in my arsenal."
-- DORSETT ON SLATON