Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pittsburgh 35 Virginia Tech 17

What a difference a week makes.  The Panthers ran all over the #13 Hokies and improved their record to 1-2.  A lot of the national media are already saying that Virginia Tech was just having their yearly choke game, and it's true they did not play at all, but take nothing away from the Panthers.

Tino Sunseri silenced his critics completing 19 of 28 passes for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He only threw for one interception and was sacked just once.  Michael Shanahan had his first 100 yard game as a Panther will 111 yards on catches.  He also caught a touchdown, as did Devin Street who had 4 catches for 73 yards.

But it was the running game that was most impressive.  The offensive line was superb and Ray Graham ran for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries (3.9 avg.). But it was true freshman Rushel Shell who had his coming out party.  He ran like he was mad at the grass and powered his way to 157 yards on 23 carries (6.8 avg.).  For the game, the Panthers ran for 254 yards and had 537 total yards.

On defense, the Panthers gave up just 324 yards, intercepted 3 passes, had 2 sacks, and a fumble.  Aaron Donald was an animal and middle linebacker Shane Gordon was all over the place, even breaking up two passes.

It wasn't perfect as the Hokies had a long touchdown pass and a 95-yard punt return.  And Kevin Harper missed two field goals.  But overall it was a great win for the Panthers.  Whether or not it was a sign of things to come or if it was simply an anomaly, nobody knows yet, but with Gardner-Webb coming in and then a week off, the Panthers have a chance to turn their season around.

99 comments:

  1. The OLine gets the game ball today. There were a lot of other deserving candidates, but the line was just awesome.

    Lots of other unsung guys playing well - Manny Williams, Devin Cook was a beast, and Pitts played well today, too.

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  2. After what we witness in the first two games a 2-2 record after 4 sounds real good to me. Good to see the players playing up to their potential. Great to see PC and staff win a quality game. I hope that this is what we can expect from here on out.

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  3. So much credit being give to the O-line and deservedly so. However, I was more impressed in the improvement by the D-line. There was pressure and containment, Logan really did not appear to have much room to run like he did the previous week. That pressure gave the D-backs an oppurtunity to play like was expected going into the season. I was a doomsayer, but it looks like the coaching staff may finally getting the pleyers on the right page. HTP

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    1. It's a good point and perhaps Ezell and an improving Cummings does make a big difference. Devin Cook, however, was a difference maker today. I also believe Manny Williams was terrific. He may not be the most talented guy and maybe isn't an all-star in practice, but he brought it today.

      The concern with the DLine is the lack of depth of course, but maybe we can get some guys some experience next week if we come up ballin' again.

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  4. It's Mea Culpa time for those who were so quick to doubt!

    Congratulations PC. We're glad you're here!

    PittofDreams

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  5. My thoughts on the game, in order of importance:
    - The O-Line was unfucking real. A huge surprise.
    - Rushel Shell is special. Better than Shady.
    - Shanahan looks great in the offense. A new man.
    - Sunseri can be adequate in the right offense.
    - Pitt will be 2-2 after Gardner-Webb. Just as we would have expected a month ago.
    - Virginia Tech is Pitt's favorite team in the ACC.

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  6. I doubted Pitt...
    quick to doubt...
    This was a totally different team today... I mean night and day.
    Let's hope they stay consistent... including tino.
    Graham was getting tired it seemed... I'd like to see an equal rotaion of Graham, Shell, and Bennett.

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    1. It should be:
      Shell 65%, Graham 30%, Bennett 5%.

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    2. Joe D.,

      You mean the same Shell that you said was over-rated, too slow, lazy, and a future bust? The same guy you kept calling "Marcus Dupree"?

      Looked impressive today!

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    3. Joe D,
      Nice to see you stand up! I was really expecting much worse from you!

      Hail to Pitt

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  7. I thought I read one of you guys say something about some good recruits being at this game. If they were at this game, how perfect!!!
    By the way D-Rob looked real good last night. Much stronger than he looks. I think he already has the work ethic as long as he stays grounded he would be nice to have at Pitt next year. They could use his ability!

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    1. Rivals reported lots of recruits were going to be at the game. Don't know who showed up.
      But, this could be like the Pitt v WVU game whereby lots of recruits attended... soon after game... they committed. 2008? It was Wanny's best year in recruiting.

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  8. Was at the game. Decent atmosphere, about 10,000 VT fans. This is why you can't judge a coach/team after 2 games, good/bad. With a new (or 6th) head coach, it will take a while to see what they are.

    It's a loooooooonnnnnnnggggggggg season. Let it play out!

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  9. I predicted this exact score yesterday....but forgot to post it :)

    I never in a million years saw this coming - a big congratulations to our team and especially Coach Chryst.

    I think "hope" we just turned this season around.

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    1. I had a feeling that they would play much better, and that's why I didn't write my "what's wrong with Pitt" article. But I didn't expect a butt kicking.

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  10. The Pitt Panther website has post game stuff and interviews...
    I think Hugh Green gave the pre-game pep talk.

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    1. Joe. D,

      Did you happen to hear Green on the Fan pre-game show? Ugh...

      I sure hope he spoke better to the team that he did on the radio...

      Good to play well in front of some old-time Panthers. Usually they play like crap.

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  11. VT is vastly overrated. There are so few impact guys on that team. Also most of the VT mistakes were self inflicted. Pitt won but VT played bad and it wasn't a result of Pitt they played bad.

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    1. I think you don't know what you're talking about.

      Pitt played an excellent, controlled game and made VT look bad. Those mistakes were forced by Pitt. The DLine pressured the QB the entire game and forced him into bad throws. The dbacks played tough and physical and knocked guys off their routes. The VT offense had no room to work and no holes to run into. Stellar job by the Pitt D.

      On Offense Pitt just ran all over VT. Used power football to enforce their will and stomp them, then safe, efficient pass plays when VT began creeping up to load the line. Its how a pro style offense was supposed to work.

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    2. Pitt had everything to do with VT playing bad. VT will probably win the ACC title. Lets give credit where credit is due. HTP

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    3. You have to look at national media members who know VT well and they said VT did not play well. And I think we have to be honest about that. BUT I think Pitt made them look a lot worse by the way they played. It was a perfect storm. Pitt was due to play well and was desperate, and VT was not at their best. But that takes nothing away from Pitt's effort because it's obvious they were winning that game no matter what.

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    4. The big difference in the game was that Logan Thomas did not play as well as Tino.

      Fact is, Thomas is highly over-rated according to the numbers. He is just not that good of a passer.

      People tend to get blinded by his height and weight and athleticism which is pretty exceptional for a guy his size.

      His best chances at the next level are probably more as a tight end than quarterback.

      PittofDreams

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  12. I'm simply looking for Pitt to improve in the basics and fundamentals from week to week, and they did just that this week! I also liked the way the coaching staff and Tino spread the ball around and got a lot of their players involved in the game. On those BIG plays where our D-Backs did get burned, it was simply a case of being outsized by the taller wide receivers of VT and a few on target passes. The coverage wasn't that bad, so you gotta tip your hat to VT on those plays. Shell ran like a man on fire! VT may be overrated but in the grand scheme of things they are no slouch. Discipline and accountability make everyone better!

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  13. What prospects or committs were at the game today???
    Anyone know?

    Also, when Pitt is at home... is Chryst and/or his assistants at some HS football games on Friday night? Anyone see them at a game. Heard last week Chryst and Rudolph were at the Belle Vernon game... but that's about it.
    Are any of them at the CV game? etc.

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    1. Ziese on the radio said he was there with about 70 other families (he may have exaggerated the number)

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    2. Rivals is reporting 100 propects attended the game.
      and Johnson was at the game.

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    3. Now rivals reports that it identified 52 prospects at the game.

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  14. There were a ton of prospects there from various classes, and pretty much all of the locals including Dorian Johnson and Tyler Boyd.

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  15. who is Devin Cook? Hadn't heard about this guy... he played pretty well.

    Pitts is going to be a really good corner. He can play

    Shell was blastin guys. He put that all ACC corner out of the game... luv it.

    Hope they play with the same intensity the rest of the year. They showed up today.

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    1. From Beaver Falls... red shirt freshman...
      recruited to be TE.

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  16. Not sure how a team can lose on both sides of the the ball for two games in a row, than do this. Was it Paul knowing his personal better and the team just not as nervous or were they motivated today and not the previous two games. Whatever it was it was night and day. Paul seemed like he knew how to coach, players knew how to play and the fans knew how to cheer. Not sure when the last time we defeated a top 15 team, but it was nice to do so.

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  17. Also, the hoops recruits were there including Beejay Anya. Johnson and Boyd were there as well as about 50 other recruits combined. I don't know if it helped sway any decisions, but it didn't hurt. I know the thing that did help was seeing a couple of TRUE and redshirt freshmen getting a ton of playing time. Pitts, Cook, Shell, Parhdner, etc.

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  18. Cook was a last minute recruit for Fraud. I taught him in 9th grade and he was a nice kid, but kinda lazy. Then he transferred to Beaver Falls and got himself a trainer, got in shape and is now starting as a RS Freshman

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    1. Cook is 2nd team per depth chart.

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    2. But he and Holtz were in on the first plays on O and D...so they got the start.

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  19. i know it'a only one game, and Chris told us not to do this, but I'm surprised no one's ribbing Joe D for his constant insistance that "Rushel Shell will be a bust" comments.

    What was impressive about Shell to me was that he seemingly got 7 yards every time he touched the ball. i.e. not one of those games where the back runs for 120 but gets 80 of them on 2 plays and does nothing for the other 20.

    As for VT, save for where their QB acted like JAcory Harris with those picks, I don't think it was a self-destruct. Pitt just beat them up.

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    1. I was waiting for it also...
      but remember YSU game and Shell...
      Jury is still out.. my opinion.. lets see if he puts the work in.
      Marcus Dupree had a good frosh year... played total of 16 games.

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    2. Joe D,

      Well I was certainly thinking of you well Shell was ripping off chucks of yardage. I must agree that he does not have break-away speed but he was sure running "angry" today.

      I must also agree that this is only ONE game. It was very impressive, but the jury is still out...

      Right now I'd score it:

      Joe D: 0
      Shell: 1




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    3. "Thinking of you WHEN Shell was ripping off CHUNKS of yardage."

      What a dope -- I try taking a couple easy shots at Joe D but manage to misspell two words in the opening sentence.

      Guess I should keep my comments to myself...

      GO PITT!!

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    4. Joe D....still an a&&

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  20. Joe D also mentioned on this very site that Shell had put in the work since January. He never said he wouldnt be a bust. He did say if he continued to not work out and rely on his natural ability he would be a bust. However I have heard since early part of 2012 he has put in lots of work.

    I could have swore Devin Cook was not a TE but being recruited to play end!

    I didnt see or notice anybody at CV game on Friday. I should have looked and asked though. Whitehead is a beast. Only a sophomore, he is fast but his balance is unbelievable. Never loses his speed in cuts and his open field cut backs are sick! Probably be a cover corner in college.

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    1. Yes... that is why I called him Marcus Dupree..
      Dupree never put in any work in..
      Dupree was a manchild in HS... felt he could do the same in college, etc.. we all know the story.
      People were saying Shell was fast in HS... I said, wpial was slow, slow, slow... so Shell appears fast compared to slow wpial.
      Now, rkr saw for himself... Shell is a power back.. always was in HS... the 175# DB's in HS can't tackle Shell... and his stiff arm is his biggest weapon.
      Shell will do well if he puts the work in and doesn't let distractions affect him. I told Lasalla to get him a mentor.
      And why doesn't Chryst give Whitehead an offer?? smh.. he already has a few D1 offers... its a no-brainer.

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    2. Joe,

      Dupree was NOT lazy!! He did 1000's of sit-up every day. He transformed from a fat kid in 8th grade to the strongest kid in school in 9th grade.

      He was a bust because he had a bunch of slime balls around him. ESPN Classic is showing the 30 on 30 about him on September 30th, watch it again.

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    3. Dupree didn't put the work in... in college.
      I don't remember what he did in HS.
      He was a 81 or 83 recruit... back then, not a lot of lifting, etc in HS as nowadays.

      but keep in mind distractions for Shell.. which is a concern...
      was babymomma at the game?

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  21. The "FIRE CHRYST!" crowd is welcome back to the band wagon now... You are forgiven... Hail!

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  22. The remark above that Shell is better than Shady is a bit premature....don't you think? Shady was a beast and is now an NFL Pro Bowler. Let's see Shell do it for two seasons then we'll debate. I did chuckle when I read it though. Thanks for that. I do like Shell, just not ready to annoint him just yet. I think any back looks good when a D has to concern itself with the pass. Tino made the pass a concern today. Kudos to him.

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  23. Question: Is it pronounced Rushel Shell or Russell Shell? Half the time the ESPN announcers used the H and half the time they treated it as a silent H. But most of the time they called him "the true freshman running back" or something like that. It's almost like they didn't know how to pronounce his name.

    I'm hoping the H is silent because Rushel Shell is extremely awkward to say.

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  24. The "h" is silent. It's pronounced "Russell".

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    1. I think the pronunciation is...

      Ra... shhhel (2 syllables)... all his friends use the "shh"... even Mike White during his HS days.

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    2. The Pitt pronunciation guide agrees with Doke.

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    3. Per Rushel Shell...
      it is pronounced...

      Rush el

      It's not Russ... or Russell

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    4. Joe D, neither of your replies help much. Of course it's 2 syllables. Are you saying it's RUSH-el or ru-SHEL?

      Either way, if CRIMHEAD is right, the media guide says RUSS-el, which is good enough for me.

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  25. The Dash and Smash was awesome today great call by PC. I know Va Tech is not the Va tech of the past decade but still they are better then Cincy and YSU. We can get some confidence and beat Gardner-Web or whatever and sryacuse. Don't worry fellas still a chance for the BBVA compass bowl don't sell your perennial passes yet. Anyways something snapped in this team today the players remembered how to play, you could tell the coaches can in fact coach a little, and we @#$?ing won. Who cares how it happened lets enjoy it. Come on recruits, who were there at the beat down make PC fight you off with a stick. ACC you suck until next year when the ACC is the best and I love you unconditionally.

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  26. A very good game plan from the coaches! The corners were left all by themselves for almost the whole game and except for that one missed tackle they played really well. I really think we could have three shut down corners for the next two years (Pitts, Williams and Cullen Christian). The play calling kept Tino in that happy medium, lots of 3rd and shorts, and the two long balls were GREAT catches by Street and Big Mike!

    Hail to Pitt and lets play smash mouth football!

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  27. Great win for HC PC! The first win and, most importantly, a signature win against a ranked team. A great effort all around. I didn't see Hubie Graham in there, was he injured and not available?

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  28. I like it. I certainly didn't expect it, but what a signature win for the Panthers. After giving it more thought, I realized that Chryst and company certainly could have used more than a month to evaluate their players. He probably never watched any of our games and never was familiar with any of their strengths and weaknesses. After a month of camp and two games, I think we started to see that progression happening. Now, with that being said, I don't anticipate a complete turn around. This season will have many peaks and valleys, but it was a great win nonetheless. My biggest concern is getting the right players in here. From the posts above it seemed like a significant number of recruits were in the stands. Hopefully this showed them what type of team we can be.

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  29. Chris - I live in Central Virginia and am able to keep pretty good tabs on the Hokies. I was at the game yesterday as well. Let me tell you something:

    - every year - and almost without fail - the media over ranks the Hokies.
    - the same media is saying the played poorly yesterday. Perhaps, but it's well known by anyone following the Hokies that aside from QB, the offensive skill positions are a question mark. On the other side of the ball it's also well known that th secondary is suspect.
    - the fact of the matter is Pitt dominated the line of scrimmage all day.
    - Chryst did a great job of adjusting the play calling when VT loaded up the box. And those calls were well executed by thePanthers O. In short, Chryst went head to head with Bud Foster and prevailed.
    - He also did a good job of rotating the RBs, but I was more impressed with his use of Ronald Jones. Seemed to use him at just the right time and it really created a different look.

    Yes, I know what the so called national media is saying, but do you really expect any of them to say, "Perhaps we were a bit over the top in our ridicule of Pitt during the past two week."?


    I think It's OK to acknowledge and actually say that Pitt won the game.

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  30. Yeah, I agree VT is over ranked every year but they also do some damage. They may lose a game they shouldn't but in the end they are right there in the end. Yeah Logan Thomas was a beast while running with the ball, but he threw some really, really bad balls.

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  31. I tell ya, when they executed that 4th and 3 it was awesome. Tino sat in the pocket and didn't panic and made a great sideline throw to Shanny hands. I know it wasn't punt territory, and we weren't dragging Harper out there for a sure miss, but at that moment I said "PC has brass cajones the size of grapefruits."

    And I liked PC's demeanor on the sideline. Controlled but animated at times. Chomped at the refs a bit. I said it Week 1 and last week....it's his first HC gig, give home time to see how he does when he gets his bearings. Let the season play out and then just his body of work. Not game by game results.

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  32. Yesterday's win was not a surprise.

    For months, I've been on the record pointing to Virginia Tech as the game that would become a "Signature Win" for Paul Chryst in his first year.

    The two blowout losses did not change things... although made sticking with the prediction seem a bit foolish.

    Here was the reasoning going in.

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    1) VaTech is good but not that good — Most impressive aspect of the team looks to be the defense, especially line and linebackers.

    2) Hokie QB good but not that good — Physically imposing and obviously a gifted athlete for his size, Logan Thomas is just average when it comes to throwing the football. Pitt may be about to have its first interception of the season.

    3) Pitt’s Defense showing life — Chryst and Huxtable are showing a willingness to put who they think are the best players on the field no matter what anybody thinks. Holley and Hendricks in, surprisingly Taglianetti out and Vinopal out. The addition of Clemmings seemed to give the D-Line a little edge. And most surprising, Gordon finally sucked it up and played his best game in two years although still not exactly Mason-esque.

    4)Pitt’s running game improviing — Ray Graham is healthier and finally Rushel Shell gets to show us what he can do and he looked pretty good… as a runner. Now, if the O-Line can just come around.

    5) Chryst finally gets to see tape on a team with an extra few days to lay out his gameplan. Wisconsin’s offensive woes last weekend are testimony to exactly what Chryst brings to the table and why he was hired.
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    Looking back at the game, all of these seem to have pretty much held true.

    Going forward, one concern I have is when Pitt faces a real passing quarterback and not a Logan Thomas.

    However, I am optimistic that Chryst and Co. will have a game plan that gives the team a CHANCE to win now that they're getting the right players on the field especially on defense.

    Pretty amazing though how some were so quick to discount Chryst's well-earned reputation as a master tactician.

    PittofDreams

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  33. We can't be this good (Va Tech) and we can't be that bad (YSU and Cinncy). We are probably somewhere in the middle. I'm glad to see signs of life. I dont care to much about the results this year as long as they show some promise with the young guys and play hard.

    I'm really looking forward to next year w/o Tino and the ACC schedule.

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  34. Chris,
    Any new updates on the recruiting front? Do most of these guys now wait until there high school seasons over to commit?

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    1. Is it to earlier to think about 2014 can't misses and wants. we only got 5-7 scholarships in this class unless there is a big turnover in some area. I heard Ford and a few other 2014 recruits were there yesterday any favored to come to pitt?

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  35. Joe d Pitt did offer whitehead when he came to the prospect camp in the summer. Like it was said before great ball player. He is a Quiet kid so that's why no one knows he has an offer

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    1. The only offer I'm aware he got is Rutgers...
      and only recruits with offers were invited to the game.. my interpretation...
      Whitehead was not at the game.
      His Scout profile only shows Rutgers with offer... I thought he got others... but not Pitt.
      Everybody knows who Whitehead is... Foster sidekick.

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  36. As I mentioned previously, there are not many college qb's that get drafted each year, usually 10 per year. Of those, only one and maybe two are on Pitt's schedule. The point is that the qb's in college usually can't beat you if your defense is dialed up and asserts pressure. It's a pressure game now. That is why the spread teams often have success, because of the neutralization of defensive pressure.

    I expect Pitt to be 2-2 after this week. That said, they need to build on this victory as it wasn't close to great (11 penalties). Real nice to see a victory over a highly ranked team. Now let's go beat the teams we should. Paul Chryst, gotta like what he is dialing up offensively.

    Recruiting - hopefully Dorian saw what can be described as a running assault against a highly ranked defense and decides he wants to be a part of this at Pitt. Nationally, Ray Graham got alot of love and Rushell Shell not as much. If he continues to improve and runs hard on every carry, we will have something special. Pitt does need a couple road graders in this class so let's see if this game helps recruiting.

    Final nugget - At least PC didn't say Tino played average and had a lot of improvements he could make, like graham did after the usf game last year. Tino played well and within the confines of the game plan. Hopefully he doesn't try to get ahead of himself and start to try to do more than is required.

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    1. I'd be surprised if Dorian doesn't go to Pitt, but me, and every other recruiting guy and coach out there thought he was going to Pitt the first time.

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  37. The whole game, I kept thinking of that epic line from Sundance (errr, Robert Redford's character): "Who ARE those guys??"

    And then Butch's (Paul Newman's) response: "I don't know, Sundance. But whoever they are, they sure as hell must be somebody!"

    Nobody was harder on Tino than me. Thus, nobody is happier to see him play a good game against a good team. Hat's off!

    H2P

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    1. Don't forget that Sunseri played in a pro style offense and wasn't horrible for a sophomore. At least I thought that. That, combined with Chryst's tutelage, made me think there was a chance he could be decent this season.

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    2. ABT... but you were correct.
      Tino has been inconsistent his entire career..
      Lets see game after Garner Webb.

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  38. -Ray Graham should still get the national love. He had three touchdowns and is Pitt's most well known player outside of Pitt circles. He played great and he is still not 100%!!

    -Shell is going to be special. I'll tell you what maybe it is premature to say he is better than Shady, but I know a lot of us that said some crazy things about LeSean and Dion as well, and we weren't all that wrong. Shell has all the tools to be a Heisman candidate down the line, like Chryst had with Montee Ball. NOT saying he will be, saying he has the tools.

    -I still have no confidence Pitt will land Tyler Boyd. I see him at WVU taking over for Tavon Austin. Similar players. Dorian Johnson on the other hand, I like Pitt's chances. Him and Bisnowaty anchoring the line for Shell and company. Sign me up.

    -Defensive Line looked great. Donald is an absolute animal, Mick Williams reincarnated. Clemmings is not 100% every play, but when he plays he is tough to stop. I think he needs to cut about 15 pounds. Cook and Murphy made some plays, too.

    -Pitt has one senior starting, and only one more seeing significant time on defense. Pitt can have a great defense in the future. Don't forget they get Todd Thomas and Juan Price back next season.

    -I second whoever said Lafayette Pitts is going to be a player. He was a great HS player for Woody High, and checking out his corner skills.....he is going to be a good one if he is only a R-Freshmen. If he doesn't miss that tackle, Pitt wins 35-10. He had the right coverage on the play, no Safety help over the top.

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  39. Jim,

    I'm with you on a lot of what you said - can't agree that Schell will ever be a McCoy type of player.

    Still so early but, I LOVED what I saw of him at the Va. Tech. game.

    Donald is a very good D-Lineman but what separated Mick from Aaron was Mick's speed imo.

    Donald is a stronger bull type of rusher but Williams could chase down a QB where Donald's specialty is collapsing the pocket with his strength.

    I don't see Boyd coming here and I also think Pitts is going to be a REAL player for us.

    My wife is a HUGE Shady fan (likes his smile :) and she asked if there were any possible pros on this current team.

    I said:

    Possibly Todd Thomas, Pitts and Schell - noone else has a chance imo.

    I thought Pitt FB might be dead before Saturday......."and they keep pulling us back in"

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    1. Possibly NFL'rs on this team... hard to say and tooo early to predict for many.
      Of the seniors... I believe Shanny.. but as a TE.
      Graham is a maybe due to acl last year... but RB's are considered dime a dozen in NFL... ride them till the wheels come off.
      Holly is a maybe..

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  40. Clemmings has a pro body.
    Turnley may get chance.
    Devin Street,Ray Graham should play in the NFL.


    Hard to tell about most of the freshmen, but JP Holtz is a physical specimen.

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  41. How about the Strength and Conditioning coach? Looked strong and in shape to me!!

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    1. LOL...
      Sure... like that happened in 1 week...
      sorry.. S&C coach is on the chop block at year end.
      We only won 1 game fellas..
      I know huge upset...
      Lets see the record before ND game..
      couple gimmies coming up... Gardner Webb, Buffalo...

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    2. Buffalo won't be a gimmie on the road. The Bulls rushed for over 200 yards versus Georgia. That's a trap game.

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  42. Let's close the book on Rushel Shell comparisons.

    Watch a Maurice Clarett highlight. Then watch Shell.

    That's as close as it gets... not to mention same height and weight.

    Not Dorsett. Not McCoy. Not even Brian Davis. But who's complaining.

    PittofDreams

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  43. By the way Chris,

    Following up on an earlier post, Chad Voytik's replacement in Cleveland Tennessee seems to be living up to expectations.

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    Junior QB Austin Herink, Cleveland

    Herink was the driving force behind the Blue Raiders’ victory over previously unbeaten Walker Valley. The junior completed 16 of his 23 pass attempts for 219 yards and three touchdowns in Cleveland’s 56-28 win. He lobbed a 77-yard touchdown pass to T.J Jones in the first quarter, and Herink threw two more touchdowns to Jones in the second.

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    You may remember that the sentiment in Cleveland Tennessee was that while Voytik was the better athlete, Herink was the better quarterback even as a sophomore.

    FYI, hearing that we might not have to wait too long to see what Voytik can do.

    Hopefully he'll vanquish any doubts I or others may have.

    PittofDreams

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    1. That just means he has good stats which is to be expected. That doesn't mean he's better than Voytik.

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  44. Sources very close to the source tell me Rushel goes by, well, Rushel! Some call him Russ and others call him Rush, its your choice. In fact these sources have called him both at different times.

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  45. Brilliant QuipScript

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  46. Joe, if anyone says we have a couple of gimmee's on the schedule right now, I will puke. Pitt does not have any easy games this year and if they look past any opponent, they will get beat. Pitt needs to be focused every week. Lessons learned can be good or bad.

    Funny in life, that we typically get the same problem thrown at us time after time. Usually, it gives you an opportunity to change your outlook and take what you have learned from your prior experiences, apply it, and create a different and better result for yourself. No cupcakes ladies. Focus on the task!

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    1. Wow, that's some pretty deep stuff for a football blog. Guess I'll hold-off on my "Pitt should beat the crap out of Gardner-Webb" comments.

      MC

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  47. Just sayin, as our recent history of three weeks ago showed we didn't prepare, focus and execute against YSU. I expect them to win this week if they practice well and not think they are better than their record indicates. Their record reflects they are 1-2 which is not so good.

    2-2 after four weeks is not all bad. I personally just don't get into long term prognosticating. Can't be 3-2 if you don't take care of business this week to get to 2-2. That's all I was sayin. Not being a hater, just a pragmatist.

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    1. When one of the losses is to a 1-AA team then 2-2 is pretty bad. I think the best realistically that Pitt can do now, because of that loss is 7-5.

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    2. You're spinning. One of the wins is against the #13 team (maybe a bit over-rated, but maybe not). More importantly, the team is unquestionably improving, and considering it's only WEEK 3, I'll take that. In fact, I'd prefere a 2-2 team that's improving, if the trend continues, over a 3-1 team that's not.

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  48. Huff,I like your thinking and agree completely. We can't get ahead of ourselves...that just leads to disaster. Hopefully, our guys realize that too. That will be on the coaching staff to get them prepared, not just game planning but mentally.

    H2P!

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  49. The reality is that this is a different football team than the one that took the field against YSU and even Cincinnati.

    They're not just playing better which is obviously the case with the offensive line. The team is also literally different in the players who are getting on the field.

    Look at the defense. Hendricks and Jolley starting in place of Taglianetti and Vinopal. Two freshmen getting serious playing time Pardner (now injured) and Render.

    Then there's Manny Williams who has unseated Grigsby and apparently is making all the difference in the world in terms of linebacker play according the story today in the Post Gazette.

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    Defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable called Williams one of the team's "spiritual leaders."

    Huxtable also noted that his communication with middle linebacker Shane Gordon helped Gordon and the defense as a whole have an outstanding game Saturday.
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    The fact is these coaches made some mistakes in distinguishing the gameday playes from the practice players coming out of camp.

    But what can't be overlooked is how some of the young players recruited by this coaching staff look to be more talented than some of the upperclassmen from previous recruiting classes.

    That's a really good sign of things to come.

    PittofDreams

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    1. Tremendous insight.

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    2. Totally agree. Shell, Holtz, and Pardner (up until his injury)were all contributing. Bisnowaty and Render are on the two deep. The rest, guys like Gabe Roberts, Ryan Lewis, Terrell Jackson, Bam Bradley,Rippy, and of course Voytik all had good looks and saw a great deal of snaps during camp.

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  50. My apology to Jarred Holley.

    But the way he's playing makes me jolly.

    PittofDreams

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  51. I read/heard Foster narrowed to Pitt, Bama, OSU...

    this may be due to some schools pulling offers... I suspect because they are at their limit or no longer want to dance with Foster.

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    1. Or you could have just listened to me when I told you that months ago.

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  52. Great blog Chris, what is the stir with the point guard from the Carolina's Jamie got to verbally commit yesterday? You need to post more!!! HTP.

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  53. Do feel any differently about some of the Pitt recruits or possible recruits now that they high school
    Kids played a few games?

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    1. Yeah, James Conner is beastly, as is 2014 kid Shai McKenzie, the RB from Washington, PA.

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