Saturday, January 7, 2012

SMU 28 Pittsburgh 6

I'm not going to waste my time or your time analyzing this game because this team you saw today will not be the team you see next year.  I have no idea if Paul Chryst will bring Pitt back to greatness, but I do know that the Todd Graham era is finally, and thankfully, over.

On a bright note, I'm sure more than ever that Chad Voytik is going to be an excellent quarterback for Pitt.  In the Army All-American Bowl today he showed great mobility and had a running, jumping touchdown run that was beautiful.  As for his arm, the kid has a cannon and was throwing BBs out there all day.  I liked everything about the kid before, but now with Chryst coaching him, I think they will combine to at least give Pitt an excellent QB/head coach combo and that's a great start.  So keep the faith, Pitt fans.  Your long nightmare may finally be over.

37 comments:

  1. Voytik is also a natural leader with incredible work ethic by all accounts. But it's that mobility that is really important in college. Having a QB that can hurt teams with his legs - basically, a true playmaker - will hopefully make all the difference in the world.

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  2. He and Shell would be a helluva start. And Robert Foster was asked the other day what's the most important factor in deciding where he ends up, and he said he wants to feel like he's at home, like at Central Valley. That bodes well for Pitt. Add him to the mix and look out.

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  3. After watching that horrible game, Chryst will have to do alot of recruiting/coaching on the offense. The line was horrible. I cannot say if Sunseri was horrible because he had guys all over him, but, neither did he make a play.

    One thing I wanted to say is, alot of people on here are saying we have lost 2 recruiting classes in a row. However, prior to Graham leaving, most people felt this was a good class and nobody has left yet. So, can we really say that we lost 2 years in a row, maybe only one?

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  4. From the poster above, the team will be different because we changed an entire coaching staff. The offense and defense will be different. We have what some call the best offesnive cord in the game as our coach. A great running back coming back, along with a top rb freshman that everyone wanted. We have a QB that is highly regarded by everyone besides some Pittsburgh people and we have some talent that might be put in postions to show what they can do. I really do not want to hear Chris talk about this game because it was what it was. Pitt had a bad year all around and now lets hope that a new sincere coach that seems to be the real deal, as a person, can come in and make Pitt a contender.

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  5. chris, do you know where i can find the stats for the us army all american game?

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  6. Jonny, I already deleted that guy's comments. It's that same idiot that keeps causing trouble. There are 10,000 people a day who come here and only one has to be a jerk. It's too bad. But I guess 1 out of 10,000 is pretty good.

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  7. I don't know where to find the stats. I don't even know if anybody posts them. The game's official site is probably your best bet.

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  8. thanks chris. not to get corny but i appreciate that youll answer quentions when theyre asked. i havnt seen too many other sites where the writer does that.

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  9. Yes the offensive line looked bad but if the defense can rear back with blood in their eyes on every down stacking their defense all within 7 yards of the line of scrimmage because your QB can't throw the ball deep then the O-line doesn't have a prayer. Tino made the offensive line look bad, he can't throw deep, can't run, and only dinks the passes - too easy for SMU defensive to come full force on every down!

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  10. Chris, please tell me you have changed your thought about Tino as the likely starter next year after today? I have to believe that Chryst can't be thrilled with what he saw up close and personal today! Eyes certainly didn't impress but he also only had a limited chance.... I have to believe that Voytik starts as a Freshman. Thoughts? Also, any idea if Voytik will be coming to school early or is he waiting till the Fall? I would think he would benefit from enrollong early....

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  11. Sorry that should have said Meyer not 'eyes' damn autocorrect

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  12. I'm sure Chryst isn't thrilled either but right now his other choices are a true freshman and a guy who couldn't even beat out not only Sunseri but also Trey Anderson this year. And the fact that Voytik is not enrolling early makes it pretty impossible that he would start, at least at the beginning of the season.

    My hope was that a QB transfer could spring loose here somewhere. I had my eyes on Brock Osweiler, but he decided to go to the NFL instead. I was hoping that former ACC Rookie of the Year, Danny O'Brien, may graduate from Maryland and have two years left, but so far he's still there. Dayne Crist obviously went to Kansas. So unless somebody comes out of the woodwork, it's going to be one of those three.

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  13. chris, what about deon anthony, the jc qb who was being recruited by fraud's staff? do you know if he or any other jc qb will be recruited by this staff?

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  14. How many 2010 Pitt guys are in the NFL right now? Seems like quite a few, and many are starting or getting significant playing time.

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  15. Tino hasn't been put in a position to succeed but with that said, i'm sure I feel like most Pitt fans and just want to start this new era with a new Qb in there. I'd be willing to sacrifice a few wins next year if its going to get Voytik some experience and get ready for the ACC. With Chryst rushing attack I think a Freshamn QB could be successful, don't you think.

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  16. Sunseri can't make certain throws a D1 QB should be able to make, period. His ability to throw an accurate deep ball is nonexistent.

    Not sure why he's playing D1 ball, but his time should be up. If Myers can't beat out this guy he must stink.

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  17. Deon Anthony was more of an athlete than a QB and Chryst will not be interested in him.

    As for Voytik, coaches hate starting a true freshman for obvious reasons. Best case scenario for those that don't want Sunseri, if no other QBs join the roster, I can see Sunseri beginning the season as the starter and then as he gains more familiarity with the college game, maybe Voytik will take over around midseason. But I can't see Chryst starting Voytik after being in college for just three weeks.

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  18. For those who are curious to see what were getting. Here is a youtube video of some Voytik highlights.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1CxL8cVP6A

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  19. By the way, I see both Scout and Rivals singled Voytik out as one of the five best performers of the game. He was 7-13 for 60 yards and ran for a touchdown.

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  20. One of the five best performers on the East I meant.

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  21. Hey Chris,

    Sure was nice seeing Brees light up the score board tonight. Being that him and Voytik are built in similar fashion.

    Have you heard if Shell is working out at all? I have hear many times that he is not a big fan of it. Sure would be nice and encouraging to hear that he was busting his hump to try to start next season. Not saying he will but never til you try! I know he his playing hoops wich actually is a good thing.

    Also, I attend many of Central Valley football games and I noticed that Foster is tweeked all the time. Seems like once a game he is limping off the field or something. Im not saying his is injury prone but I have heard he likes the drama. Perhaps with age this will go away. By the way, he sure is fun to watch!!!

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  22. Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Khem Birch to either UNLV or Florida. How long does he have to wait to play?

    Would were I Pitt, I would not release the whiner and let him and his sleazy family off the hook. Make him sit a full year.

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  23. I ask this question sincerely as a relatively casual fan, simply curious...

    In a QB environment as chaotic as Pitt's, where the starter has had a terrible year and seems to have very little potential upside, what would be the reluctance to simply throw Voytik in there, assuming he does have the necessary skill set?

    In other words why is there such a reluctance to start a true freshman at QB? Is it the fear that he will have a bad, confidence-destroying experience; the fact that that he is still very young and just starting school; lack of knowledge of the offensive schemes; or something else?

    Thanks for any answers and for this blog...

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  24. Yeah, but the problem with doing that is you may scare of other recruits in the future. If they were leaning on Pitt on another school, they may think twice in the end since Pitt would then be known not to release them. It's sort of a catch 22. Better off releasing and not letting them go to a school that could have caused this problem or a in-conference school. Most releases do come with stipulations like this.

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  25. Chris,

    Tino is a mediocre QB, but he goes from mediocre to atrocious behind that woeful O-Line.
    The question then arises: Is the PITT o-line simply that bad or are they mediocre and lazy? I think they play sloppy ball with no pride and dog it out on the playing field. What say you?
    As far as next year's QB situation, I see no reason why Tino and Voytik can't be platooned or alternated in certain situations???? (worked at Cincinatti with Pike and Collaros,) and many a big name school alternate QB's based on the yardage situation and of course the comepetition they are playing. Whatever the case next year's coaching staff will have to get hard ass on that lazy offensive line.

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  26. Chris, other than Ray Graham is there any talent on offense? It may be that Chryst has to do what Majors 1 did and run off most of them and start over. They got embarrassed by a very average team yesterday.

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  27. Anonymous, thats a good point about the quaterbacks situation. I think option A would be to get some type of transfer like chris mentioned though. I would also think that, unless it deterred voytik, getting another qb in the 2012 class would be somewhat of a priority.

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  28. BATR, the difference between what a QB needs to know in HS and what he needs to know in college is huge. Voytik has the skill set but like any kid who doesn't enroll early he has just three weeks to learn what takes at least a few months to even begin to learn. He would have trouble even making the average reads until probably late in his freshman year. Of course there is very rarely a player who can do it, like Teddy Bridgewater this season, but it's it's a long shot.

    The OL will hopefully have Chris Jacobson back, and hopefully Tom Ricketts can be a big improvement. Those two alone will help a lot, plus you have great coaching on the line now. So I can see the OL having the potential to be significantly better. It's not going to be awesome right away but Bostad just made a walk on a potential first round pick so this guy has a real history of turning less than elite prospects into NFL players.

    Houston Panther, the tight ends and running backs should be pretty good so that's a start. Obviously on offense, the quarterback, wide receiver, and offensive line positions need to get better. Voytik will obviously help the QB situation but more QBs are needed. Bisnowaty, Ricketts, and maybe Kugler would turn that awful OL into an excellent OL in a few years, and Robert Foster would go a long way into making WR excellent. Now they just have to go get these guys.

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  29. Chris, looks like you are saying it is all about recruiting some guys who want to be coached by some really excellent coaches.

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  30. Chris, any thoughts on the other state schools recent hire? NFL coordinator with college experience sounds like a decent hire given there situation.

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  31. This may sound ridiculous, but when I watched Voytik out there in the AA game, he reminded me of Doug Flutie, not Drew Brees. Don't know if that's good or bad - I think it was mainly because of his size. He seemed really small out there. The quickness in and out of the pocket was very evident, and he did have a strong arm. I think he will need to learn to sit in the pocket and go through his reads just like any other QB but he seems pretty bright so that shouldn't be a problem.

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  32. I know no-one wants to talk about this bowl game, but what the heck happened when Pitt had a Pitt blocked? I have never seen more pressure on a punter. It looked intentional. Was the long snapper supposed to snap short? Was that some sort of fake punt gone wrong? That was bizarre ... there must be some explanation ... does anyone know it?

    This isn't a great replay of the block, but just look at it ... SIX guys could have blocked this punt ...

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  33. I did it again ... here is the link ...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f23Wc378Pw

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  34. I don't know if O'Brien will be a good head coach or not but I seriously doubt he's the guy who can combat their recruiting hurdles. If somebody like Munchak was hired then I think they would have been alright. But I just can't see a lot of elite kids ignore the problems there to play for him.

    As for that punt block that was clearly a special teams who didn't give a damn anymore.

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  35. Chris, any new names on the basketball recruiting front?

    Is Jeter from Beaver Falls a legit player at Pitts level? Is he any relation to Lance Jeter?

    Its definitely a down year but all of the talk about it being a down year shows me that the program is more respected nationally than we may realize. Birch leaving and some others not playing up to potential leaves openings for others to come in and still be a part of something strong.

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  36. What about bringing back David Walker for RB coach? He's currently at Indy Colts, so not sure of his shelf life there... Coached up LSH, Shady McCoy, Dion Lewis and Ray Graham while he was here.

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  37. i don't think they are going to bring anyone back who coached here before. Chryst will go with who he knows and who he is comfortable with.

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