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Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009

Pitt quarterback Kevan Smith, a Seneca Valley graduate, has left the football team to play for the school's baseball program.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound redshirt sophomore decided to switch sports after he fell to fourth on the depth chart, and Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh asked him to change positions to either fullback, tight end or linebacker.

Smith played in five games in 2007, including three starts, and completed 36 of 64 passes (56.2 percent) for 415 yards and one touchdown with four interceptions. His only appearance this season came at Notre Dame.

A power-hitting catcher who was a highly regarded high-school prospect, Smith is on track to graduate with a marketing degree in December but will have three seasons of eligibility to play baseball for the Panthers.

"I think my opportunity with football is dead right now, unless there is some kind of miracle," Smith said. "Baseball, I've been practicing a couple of days, and it's like riding a bike. I'm stronger now, so my hitting is coming back and my catching is still there. It's like I never stopped playing baseball."

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