Family tradition continues for the Pittman family.
With the second pick in the second round and the 34th pick overall of the 2020 NFL Draft, USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. was selected by the Indianapolis Colts Friday.
The 6-foot-4, 223-pound receiver is the second Trojan selected in the 2020 NFL Draft after left tackle Austin Jackson was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 18 pick. Pittman is USC’s first wide receiver to be drafted since JuJu Smith-Schuster in 2017, and the program’s highest receiver drafted since 2015.
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The Colts chose Pittman with their first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He joins fellow Trojan alumni tight end Xavier Grimble and safety Marvell Tell III on the Indianapolis roster.
Pittman will be catching passes from former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who signed with the Colts this winter after parting ways with the Chargers.
The Woodland Hills native and Oaks Christian High standout concluded his stunning career at USC this past fall, when his 7.8 receptions per game not only ranked him fifth nationally but also led the Pac-12.
Pittman started in 30 of his 48 games as a Trojan and totaled 171 receptions for 2,519 yards with 19 touchdowns. His 171 career catches ranks him 12th on the USC’s all-time list while his 101 receptions in the 2019 season rank him fifth on the school’s reception per season list.
Following the 2019 season, Pittman received numerous accolades, including All-Pac-12 first team honors, AP All-American second team honors, and was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (given to the nation’s top wide receiver) and the Witten Award (which honors the top collegiate player who demonstrates true leadership). He was also a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award through his senior season efforts as well.
Michael is the second member of the Pittman family to be drafted into the NFL. His father, also Michael Pittman, played 11 years in the league with stops at Arizona, Tampa Bay and Denver. He was a part of the Buccaneers team which won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.
Pittman Jr. was named a Max Preps All-American first team honoree, USA Today’s All-California Offensive Player of the Year among being the L.A. Daily News’ Player of the Year following his senior season at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village in 2015. In his senior season at Oaks Christian, he caught 81 receptions for 1,990 yards and 24 touchdowns.
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