On Campus Notebook: Aston making big impact at Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh’s football team is in first place in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and George Aston (Sherando ’14) has played a key role in the team’s success.

His individual statistical numbers may not show it, but the redshirt senior fullback has been a huge key to Pittsburgh’s offense.

Aston has played in all nine games for the Panthers, and his blocking has helped pave the way for Pittsburgh’s 2,077 rushing yards. For the season, Aston has two carries for 2 rushing yards.

Pittsburgh’s 23-13 victory over the University of Virginia on Nov. 2 was nationally televised on ESPN. During the broadcast, Aston was listed as one of Pittsburgh’s two biggest impact players on offense. He had two key blocks on two Pittsburgh touchdown runs during the victory.

The 6-foot, 240-pound Aston has also shown his versatility this season catching passes out of the backfield. Aston is third on the team with 14 receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown.

He had a season-high four catches for 23 yards and one touchdown in a 38-35 loss to the University of North Carolina on Sept. 22.

Aston also plays on special teams and has six tackles.

Two years ago, Aston had 10 rushing touchdowns, tied for second-most on the team. He ran for 75 yards in 2016 and also had 22 receptions for 169 yards. Last year Aston only played in two games before suffering a season-ending injury.

The Panthers are 5-4 overall, but are 4-1 in the ACC and have won three of their last four contests.

Aston could see a familiar face trying to catch him this weekend on senior day. The Panthers host Virginia Tech on Saturday, who are led by sophomore linebacker Dylan Rivers (Sherando ’17). However, Rivers missed last week’s game due to an injury and his status for Saturday’s game is uncertain.

Rivers is seventh on the team with 31 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. He had a sack and three tackles in a 22-19 victory over North Carolina on Oct. 13. The Hokies are 4-4 on the season, including 3-2 in the ACC.

TOP HONORS: Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Central ’15) earned All-ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) honors for the third time in his four years at Lynchburg College.

The senior cross country runner finished fourth in the ODAC Championships held on Oct. 27, hosted by Shenandoah University at the Kernstown Battlefield.

He led the Hornets and finished the race in a time of 26:14. The Hornets placed second in the meet with 60 points. Washington and Lee won the men’s team title with 27 points.

Lynchburg will run in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday in Mount Berry, Georgia.

Lucy-Speidel’s twin brothers Mason (Central ’18) and Sawyer (Central ’18) are freshmen on Lynchburg’s squad but did not race in the ODAC Championships.

In the women’s ODAC Championships, Bridgewater freshman Grace Dellinger (Central ’18) placed 60th in a time of 28:12.6. The Eagles finished third as a team in the women’s meet.