Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My official All-American and awards voting

I get to vote for All-American as well as the Outland Trophy, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and the Eddie Robinson Award. Here is how I voted if anybody is interested.

QB- Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M- I was torn between Manziel and Jameis Winston but I went for Manziel because he is also a great running threat.

RB- Andre Williams, Boston College- No brainer. Leads the country in rushing with over 2,000 yards.

RB- Bishop Sankey, Washington- I was between Sankey and Ka'Deem Cary of Arizona, and I went with Sankey. The vote came before Carey went off on Oregon but even so both had remarkably similar stats.

WR- Brandin Cooks, Oregon State- Have to vote for the guy that leads in pretty much every receiving category. Currently has 110 catches, 1,560 yards, and 15 TDs.

WR- Sammy Watkins, Clemson- This could have gone to Mike Evans from Texas A&M or Allen Robinson of Penn State, but to me Watkins is the most talented receiver in the country and if it was in the Clemson game plan his excellent stats would be even better.

TE- Jace Amaro, Texas Tech- The no brainer of all and amazingly he's not a finalist for the Mackey Award despite a dominating season of 92 catches for 1,157 yards.

OL- Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

OL- Cyril Richardson, Baylor

OL- David Yankey, Stanford

OL- Cameron Erving, Florida State

C- Hroniss Grasu, Oregon



DL- Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh- 51 tackles, 10 sacks, nationally leading 26 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups, and a blocked extra point.

DL- Vic Beasley, Clemson- 31 tackles, 10 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 6 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles

DL- Michael Sam, Missouri- 37 tackles, 10 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups, and a forced fumble that he returned for a touchdown.

DL- Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest- 70 tackles, 9 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, and 2 forced fumbles.

LB-  Anthony Barr, UCLA- 50 tackles, 7 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles.

LB- CJ Mosley, Alabama- 86 tackles and the undisputed leader of the Crimson Tide defense.

LB- Khalil Mack, Buffalo- 82 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss, 6 pass breakups, 3 interceptions including 2 returned for touchdowns, and 5 forced fumbles.

DB- Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State- 47 tackles, 7 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, and a forced fumble.

DB- LaMarcus Joyner, Florida State- 55 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 pass breakups, an interception, and 3 forced fumbles.

DB- Calvin Pryor, Louisville- 57 tackles, 4 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.

DB- Deon Bucannon, Washington State- 102 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles.


PK-  Roberto Aguayo, Florida State-  15 for 16 on FGs. 125 points the most of any kicker in the country by 15 points.

P- Austin Rehkow, Idaho- Leads the nation in punting with a 47.8 average.

Return Specialist, Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU- Of the few players who do both he had the second most yards at 936.  And instead of giving the nod to just a great kick or punt returner, I chose to go with somebody who proved that he can do both.

Eddie Robinson Award (coach of the year)- David Cutcliffe, Duke

Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)- Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Outland Trophy (best interior lineman)- Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh


83 comments:

  1. Your Nagurski and Outland votes will get you removed from the guest list from the Smizik/Cook Bitter Yinzer Holiday Festivus party.

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  2. I don't disagree with anything except maybe for the return specialist ... maybe that darned punt returner for UNC who returned 2 against Pitt and at least one other against someone else may be considered

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  3. doke, happy turkey day. Thankful for this blog and your insights. Thankful that the Pitt basketball team appears to have reloaded and Jamie is changing up the defense which he needed to do years ago. Thankful for Joe D getting the boot.

    On the above, surprised you did not pick winston at QB, kid has had an amazing year but it appears to have gone to his head with the recent stories that are coming out. He was flawless in the opener against Pitt. Lastly, Mike Evans of A&M gets no hype but is a total stud.

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  4. Steelers WISH list....DRAFT (1) Mike Evans WR, Texas A&M .....(2) Aaron Donald, D.Line , PITT

    So thankful Joe D is gone......he is nauseating. Adds NO value.

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  5. How bout those 6 wins this season??
    It is likely that Pitt doesn't go to a bowl!! Quite frankly, NCAA needs to eliminate bowl games. Tooo many mediocre teams going to bowl games. Teams with only 6 wins should NOT be going to bowls.

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  6. 4:18 Anonymous. Arron Donald will not be a first or second rounder. I would expect him to drop to the 5th round which is a real good position for him. He just doesn't project right now any better. Hopefully he gets to a good situation like G. Atkins of Cincinnati and is surrounded by good players.

    6 Wins for Pitt this year, with their lack of speed and skill is pretty good. A more concerning observation was the Pitt defensive backs that were almost grabbing offensive blockers and hoping to move away from contact instead of moving towards it. Ray Vinopal continues to disappoint. Many will say he had a great few week run this year, but he really didn't. He made a couple of good plays that most safeties make. The problem is that he was late too many times when an average safety makes the pass break up or big hit. Pitt's defensive backs don't hit hard partly because they are too slow, but mainly because their hearts are too small. Query? How many Pitt player's left the game after being hit by a hurricane and conversely, how many hurricanes left the field after a violent hit by a pitt defender? It's a violent game. Those who play it violently and all out, typically win the game.

    Pitt will be fine gentlemen. Get bigger, get faster. Help is on the way in year one of Paul Chryst's full recruiting class. He is just now getting to know the local coaches on a personal level. Would be nice to have a recruiting update since the high school and college regular seasons are finished.

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    1. You need to change your screen name.

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    2. Help is on the way for Pitt in terms of Chryst recruiting??
      Yep, you need to change your screen name since you clearly are not a talent evaluator.
      Furthermore, Pitt defense had 8 returnees from last year and the Pitt defense regressed.

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    3. You might want to change your anonymous, to something. Let's go back to elementary school. You cannot compare this year's team against last year's team unless the entire personnel is the same, the coaches are the same and the opponents players and coaches are the same. As an illustration, It is not like you comparing your last years unemployment check to this years. It's just not that simple.

      Having 8 returnees on defense tells me only one thing. Our defense is bad. How many of our current defenders can start on a top 10 team? Maybe, 1. The reasons that opponent coaches double team AD is not because he is great. It is because the other players surrounding him are so poor. Donald was completely ineffective yesterday until the fourth quarter when Miami committed to running time off the clock and Pitt was run blitzing. That freed him up, nothing more, nothing less. To see it otherwise is only lying to yourself.

      My next question to you is how do you measure this so called regression? Please don't tell me you are relying on the statistics? For years, teams with real good defenses struggled statistically against the passing yards per game. The reason is that the teams they were playing against had to pass to get back into games and abandoned the run game. Hence, lower yards per game running and higher yards per game against passing. So my point to you is this. If you want to come here and bash, back it up. I spend more time with Big10 Athletic Directors in a month than I care to admit. When you watch and hear how they look at things, your perspective changes. As such, I expect your type of comments because they are just that.

      Paul Chryst needs help with recruiting and this class will be a great upgrade if he lands 3-4 of his targets. I am not concerned about Mckenzie. He would be a good addition at Pitt, but I expect him to head to VT. I base this on potential playing time. The depth chart there indicates he can redshirt next year and be well positioned to see the field as a RS Fr at the latest, but carrying more as a sophomore and winning a spot, absent additional injury. He will not be a stud at linebacker, especially at VT. Too soft mentally.

      If the truth hurts your eyes, don't read. I would suggest that unless you have something to actually add to the Dokish blog, you refrain from your incessant mocking. Actually anonymous, I would suggest that you are too soft to even participate in a rational discussion. Now, what say you?

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    4. I think the point is, it's going to get worse next year next year for Pitt.
      Yes the defense regressed. I see, you don't want to look at statistics (facts) to compare this year defense to last year. Mostly the same players.

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    5. I'm curious. What method did you use to measure the hearts of the Pitt defensive backs?

      Nevermind. This is just another example of superficial psychobabble from someone who has no idea what he's talking about.

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  7. Why does Pitt get called for illegal substitution every game? You can also count on a special teams gaffe too. Frustrating!

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  8. A lot of mock drafts have Donald going in the second round

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    1. Let's hope talent evalu8r gets hired by the Ravens some day....

      Donald is very well suited to a 4-3 and has been compared to the Bengals Atkins.

      I'm will to trade talent evalu8r for JoeD and a poster to be named later.....at least his posts are short.

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  9. Dokes, at a golden panther event yesterday, I overheard some talk of Bobby Engram moving on to the pros. I've read nothing about this anywhere. Anything to this from your sources. I'm the same guy who heard long before it was announced that House was chosen for DC. And it's the same folks telling me this.

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    1. You need to understand his wife. She ain't leaving Pittsburgh. She lived in Pittsburgh his entire NFL career even though he bounced around.
      Kids are older (MS & HS I believe), he may stick around.
      It would have to be drive distance from Pittsburgh if he went NFL.

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    2. Engram's wife will go anywhere Bobby can get a better job.

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    3. She hasn't moved from Pittsburgh since they were married some 15+ years ago even though he played for Chicago, Seattle, etc. However, the 4 kids are older now and highly unlikely she will move or permit him to bounce around again.
      You don't know Jack!

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  10. Like Adams last year Savage has taken the blount of the criticism for the failure of their teams. Like Adams Savage played on a terrible team that had questionable coaching and little support except from Boyd, Street, and Donald. I remember the jabs at Adams, "slow feet, cannot finish, bad hands, soft." Many fans and the press including you Chris and this suprised me saw him slipping to the second round.
    As a basektball player since I saw the video's of him dominating Noel Noels, all raw I saw a talent rarely seen among 7' players and so did NBA scouts. Despite having to play at Pitt and with Woodall he was taken as i predicted in top 15.
    I agree with Bostick on his assessment of Savage, strongest arm he has seen since has been at Pitt since 2007 and has excellent touch on his passes. Also NFL size and tough. He states that with an OL could have rewritten single year passing records (3 rd worst among sacks) but 3rd most productive QB in ACC.
    I agree with Gil Brandt (who compares him to Akman, while the fans and press in Pittsburgh say Tino was better. Well the problem is next year when Pitt is starting at QB Tino II, 6' 210 lbs., weak arm QB Savage will be playing on Sundays preping for his chance. I picked Adams as a lottery I will pick Savage going before the smaller QB's Murray, etc., being drafted by 3rd round.

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    1. You got me confused with somebody else. I said all season that Adams will probably leave and be a possible lottery pick.

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  11. I think Savage may get a good look on physical gifts alone, but you can't neglect the cerebral aspect of his game. That is where he currently struggles and seeing pro defenses will wear him out unless the light bulb comes on and stays on.

    He will need to be a film junkie and student of the game and hope that transfers on to the field, else he will be cast-off. Chryst has positioned him well to get a look! My fear is that he lacks confidence to make his progressions appropriately. That is the unraveling of many a pro qb. Time will tell. I wish him well. Playing in his favor is the lack of long term success with the dual threat superstars from the past few drafts. QB bodies can't take a consistent professional beating.

    Would be interested in updated local recruiting news. Did Kugler burn his redshirt at Michigan this year? If he didn't, that isn't a good sign because their oline is horrendous. Foster may also struggle unless Bama has a big time qb in the fold to replace McCarron.

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  12. Sorry Chris. Thanks for striagtening me out. On many of the other blogs I use your name to support my opinion because we generally agree such as how destructive Woodall was to the team structure last year.
    They hated Adams and blame Savage for going 6-6, wait until next year. It's just y opinion but on the 2 passes he threw during the season rating him up with Tino maybe unfair to Tino. These bloggers even think Trey Anderson is the future.
    Fraud stuck us agian stealing a schloarship from the football team.
    thanks for straihtening me out.
    I would be interested in your assessment of 2014 QB and also how Pitt is going to deal with there lack of size in ACC. Also the high shooting percentage in non-conference games is a tradition for Patterson and Zanna, do you really believe Pitt live on scoring when they get in the conference.
    Thanks

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  13. Nikita Whitlock plays for Wake Forest, not Missouri. Figured that was probably a typo, but thought I should point it out. The kid is insane, too.

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  14. In regards to the defense regressing...

    It's very difficult to accurately compare stats between this years and last year's teams due to the conference change. Pitt played some really bad conference teams last year; quite a difference when you replace South Florida with Florida State.

    Still, here is a decent comparison. Here is a list of the past 2 seasons how many points Pitt has given up, and what the other team averaged against the other BCS teams:

    2012
    Cincy - 34 (27.3)
    Virginia Tech - 17 (23.8)
    Syracuse - 14 (31)
    Louisville - 45 (30)
    Temple - 17 (18.5)
    Notre Dame - 20 (24)
    UConn - 24 (12.6)
    Rutgers - 6 (23.1)
    South Florida - 3 (18.9)

    2013
    Florida State - 41 (50.8)
    Duke - 55 (29)
    Virginia - 3 (17.9)
    Virginia Tech - 19 (21.6)
    Georgia Tech - 21 (30.5)
    Notre Dame - 21 (24.5)
    North Carolina - 34 (25.1)
    Syracuse - 16 (16.8)
    Miami - 41 (31)

    Take that for what it's worth.
    For those not inclined to count, in both seasons Pitt allowed fewer point than the opponent averaged in 6 of the 9 games. They allowed more in 3 games.

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    1. Wouldn't the better measurement be YPG (Yards per Game) for comparison purposes.

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    2. In 2012, Pitt defense gave up 330 YPG.
      In 2013, Pitt defense gave up 374 YPG.
      Fair to say, Pitt defense has regressed considering 8 starting returnees. 2012 includes bowl game.
      ACC Coastal Division was not that strong this year either.

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    3. In some ways, as it factors out points scored by the defense, special teams, etc,

      But I'm not taking the time to figure out those stats :)
      Keep in mind that to make it more accurate, I was excluding games against non-BCS teams. North Carolina's 80 point outburst against Old Dominion, for example, was excluded.

      Points allowed is ultimately more of a bottom line stat.

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    4. While the Coastal division isn't exactly the SEC West, it was still lights years better than the 2012 Big East.
      You can't compare the stats between this year and last year straight up like that.

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    5. I think this goes to my prior point. You can't go by points per game because that either does or doesn't include special team scores, field position, turnovers, etc. As an example the defense can give up 40 points in a game and we think they are terrible. Meanwhile, the opponents starting field position may be on the 50 with three turnovers. Not necessarily a bad defense, just bad circumstances. Some would argue that giving up 40 points was actually good. The only way to determine if a unit is better from one year to the next is to study the tape, look at turnovers and ultimately, look at the wins and losses. Some defenses, like Alabama give up fewer points per game because their offense is a ball control, clock churning unit for the most part. What I am saying is that measuring improvement is very difficult if you only look at the numbers.

      That is what's so fun about statistics. You can manipulate the shorts off them to prove a point. End of the day, it is wins and losses for the vast majority of us. Would like an update on the local recruits. It is getting interesting.

      Bill Obrien canned a couple of coaches today. They went from 8-4 to 7-5 with an easier schedule this year. One was vanderlinden(?). Can he recruit? Can he coach special teams?

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    6. I'd rather have Vanderlinden as the DC. And he's a very good recruiter too.

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  15. I agree with your selection of A.D. It should be based on body of work but do you think the poor showing against UM hurt him any ?

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    1. Not in the least because it wasn't a poor showing. He was just as tough, but it's hard to take on 11 talented guys all by himself.

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  16. Chris,

    Are you wavering on Manziel due to his last two performances?

    PittofDreams

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  17. Chris - Dravon Henry is going to commit Monday to Pitt or WV. Do you have insight on which way he is leaning?

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    1. Not only don't I know but the Pitt and WVU staffs are anxious because they don't know right now either. I know a lot of recruiting writers are picking WVU but they are outsiders who don't fully realize the Pitt and Aliquippa connection.

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    2. According to Chris Peak, Gibson had an in house visit Sunday night while House had his visit yesterday (Monday). That evening he says he's made up his mind. On his twitter page he said that Monday was his mom's birthday and he wanted to surprise her. Now during both visits, Henry's dad grilled both coaches as to the defense, staff, program while mom concentrated on academics.... I have read somewhere that his mom wants him to go to Pitt... We'll see...

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    3. He may be leaning WVU because it looks like Fields may go there also.
      Although Chris Lasala is from Aliquippa, he is a WVU grad per his profile.

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    4. Anonymous - Henry 'may' be a WVU lean in a small part because of Fields but Lasala being a WVU grad has zero to do with him leaning toward WVU.

      It 'would' help that Lasala's also a 'Quip but, it's a little strange that you grouped his H/S along with his college school.

      Like saying Engram being a Nit may have some influence on a Penn St. lean.

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    5. If an athlete was down to Pitt and PSU, I'm not sure I want Engram recruiting.
      Same with Lasala.

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    6. Engram and Lasala are getting paid to bring recruits to Pitt - wow.

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  18. OK, Chris... the BIG QUESTION. Where is Shai McKenzie going?

    If you are willing to go on the record, I would also appreciate you specifying if it's based upon sources, available evidence or gut feeling.

    PittofDreams

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  19. Dreams - save this and call me out if I'm wrong:

    McKenzie - Pitt
    Bookser - Pitt
    Henry - Pitt
    Nicholson - Pitt
    Kamara - Virginia

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    1. Well, Jared Shanker of ESPN is predicting Henry to WVU with 10 of 10 confidence level.

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    2. I'll raise that bet.
      McKenzie - VTech
      Bookser - PSU
      Henry - WVU
      Nicholsen - Michigan State
      Kamara - Pitt
      Why, Engram is recruiting Kamara. Engram is a good recruiter.
      House is recruiting Nicholsen, Henry. Haering recruiting Bookser who he coached and hasn't committed to pitt yet.

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    3. Anonymous 4:43 - zero way - you're wrong on every single one.

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    4. Well, I don't think anyone will mind if Joe D is right on the last one he listed.

      I thought I remember Dokish saying that House was a good recruiter also.

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    5. Moody

      I wouldn't count on McKenzie.

      PittofDreams

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    6. By the way Moody... Do you know the name Adam Friedman?

      PittofDreams

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  20. Chris - I seem to recall that McKenzie gave a date for his decision and thought that was before Xmas... Is that the case?

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    1. Dec. 20 and he's officially visiting Pitt this weekend.

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  21. I heard from someone that he feels Henry will go to WVU because he and Shell are best buddies.

    However, most Moms want their sons to stay close to home, and since he's announcing on his Mom's birthday, you'd have to think that Pitt is it.

    After the Robert Foster situation, it's pretty much impossible to tell what's going on in a kid's mind though, so I guess it's best to wait until Monday.

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  22. I can see PITT coming in second for all of these recruits. Can't remember where but read that PITT refused to offer a combo package for Henry and Fields. Is PITT still recruiting Fields? Getting as many of these guys is key. PITT needs to take care of its backyard.

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    1. Last year, Chryst wanted Boyd very, very, very badly. He was willing to offer Webb & Howard to get Boyd. Unlike last year with the Clarion kids, the Quip kids don't have the upside that Webb & Howard has. Therefore the staff was not willing to offer Swanson unless the other RB targets went elsewhere. Fields was offered, but the scholarships were used up at his position. My sense is that the staff viewed Boyd as a sure thing whereas Henry and the rest of the WPIAL kids are not viewed the same way. However, that DOES NOT mean the staff doesn't think highly of the local star kids this year. They do and want to sign all of them.

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    2. LOL. Webb and Howard have upside at 165# soaking wet? smh
      I think Pitt needs to stop these 3 for 1 deals for Wpial players.
      Graham did it. Chryst did it last year. I don't recall Wanny doing it.

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    3. Howard and Webb got a lot of playing this year as natural freshmen. Not sure if this was due to a lack of talent, but I thought they played well all things considered ... and Howard played exceptionally well during the last part of the season

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  23. As of now, Pitt has two quarterbacks coming in next year.

    Adam Bertke has lead Marion Local (OHIO) back for a possible THIRD straight State Championship. This coming off an injury to a bone in his hand that required surgery.

    Wade Freebeck and St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida lost a close game to Dwyer last week in their bid to make it to the State Championship Game.

    An excerpt from the Miami Herald which reported Freebeck to be in "tears" over his failure to lead the St. Thomas to a championship after transferring to the school for his senior year.
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    “We played our [butts] off,” said Freebeck, who finished 9 of 27 for 140 yards, three touchdowns and a costly interception before the half that led to a field goal.

    “I enjoyed playing with all the guys. I really enjoyed the experience. I just wish we could have finished it.”

    The pass Freebeck wishes he had back most came with under five minutes to play. On fourth-and-9 at the Dwyer 29, Freebeck stepped into the pocket to avoid pressure and threw a dart toward the back of the end zone where 6-5, 200-pound junior receiver Devante Peete stood wide open.

    But the pass was just beyond the reach of Peete, who leaped as high as he could to try and bring the errant pass down.

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    Both Bertke and Freebeck are tall 6-6 and 6-5 respectively, but not the quickest when it comes to mobility. Freebeck does look to be the quicker of the two but that’s not saying much considering how slow Bertke appears to be.

    Both are pretty accurate passers with adequate arm strength who are used to being in and winning BIG GAMES. Of the two, Bertke who throws noticeably SIDE-ARM with a LIGHTENING-QUICK RELEASE would seem to be the one who best fits the description “GUNSLINGER.”

    According to Marion Local Head Coach Tim Goodwin, it's more than just physical ability..

    “Adam Bertke has been in huge games and this is what he lives for,” Goodwin said.

    The other differentiating fact here is the obvious difference in the level of competition faced by the two players. Marion Local is tiny with 325 TOTAL students whereas St. Thomas Aquinas is one of Florida’s BIGGEST with more than 3,200 students in the High School alone.

    Despite playing for such a small school and being so SLOW of foot… it's Bertke who is the most intriguing... in my opinion.

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    1. Freeback is 6'4" and 172# per his profile.
      One hit by a Donald type and he is out for the season. Skinny. He needs to add weight and muscle to be considered a QB in his frosh year. He may have to redshirt.

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  24. Chris,
    How bout a post on who fills these last 6 scholarships?

    kf

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    1. Maybe this will help you narrow it down, there are 29 players with offers from Pitt who have not committed yet.
      http://rivals.yahoo.com/pittsburgh/football/recruiting/recruit-search-results

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  25. @anonymous 10:42pm--Never believe those recruiting websites on height and weight data. Those numbers usually either reflect junior year HS roster or camp data. Most kids fill out some by the end of their HS senior year. So, recruiting site listed weights can seem low--assuming they were correct initially. In addition, as I am sure you realize, both height and weight can also be lied about intentionally by whoever is promoting a kid to the recruiting sites. It is usually to make the kid taller and heavier. Digesting both possibilities, I would venture a W.A.G. that this kid will arrive at Pitt and measure up at something like 6-3 (or 6-3.5) and about 180 (or 185) with a need to hit the weight room to eventually be 200 lbs or so by RS Junior year.

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    1. The point was, he is to skinny to play as true frosh so Pitt fans shouldn't count on it. I expect him to RS.
      ESPN lists him at 6'4", 180# which is similar to rivals. It appears he was at a combine so his ht/wt is accurate from summer. 180# is still too skinny for 6'4" to play as true frosh.

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    2. He may have to play because as of right now one of the true freshman may have to be the primary backup. But neither are even close to being ready.

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    3. Don't know what Dan Marino was after his Jr year at Central but thought he was around 215 at Pitt. 180 and growing doesn't seem too bad

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    4. 30 years ago, lineman were 225-250#.
      Football players are much bigger and much faster than 30 years ago.

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    5. Chris, wouldn't Trey Anderson be the back up next year?

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    6. Mike evans from texas am is easy choice at wr , Come on CHRIS

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  26. Tyler Ferguson. The next Tom Savage?

    PittofDreams

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    1. I don't know if the pitt staff likes ferguson, but id love pitt to recruit him just for the insurance. itd at worst make me feel better about our quarterbacks for the next few years if they brought him in.

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    2. Let's hope not. Would like to see Voytik, or a JC player, take over things for the next couple years.

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  27. Just saw that Chris Peterson from Boise State took the job at Washington. I bet Stevie P never called this guy when we were looking for a coach. We are stuck with HCPC the patsy for another two years. This sucks. Just glad he did not go to WVU.

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    1. There was a 0% chance that Pitt or WVU would get him.

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    2. There have been a number of schools, with much higher profiles than Pitt, who have talked with Petersen and come away with a no thanks.

      If you're unhappy with PC, why don't you work with the boosters to buy him out and lead the charge to hire a new coach. Seems better than calling him names and holding a pity party...

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  28. Hi Chris,

    Are you hearing rumors -- as opposed to pure guesswork by the various bloggers -- as to Pitt's bowl destination (if any)? Sure is quiet... (maybe too quiet?).

    I know there's always a chance Pitt will be passed over, but do you think that's likely?

    Love your blog....

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    1. Pitt will go to a bottom of the barrel bowl and when you are at the bottom of the barrel you have to wait until everybody else ahead of you gets their destination.

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    2. Detroit is a bottom of the barrel destination.
      I'm surprised the pro sports teams are still there.

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  29. For what it's worth (not much, probably): the consensus ot the professional & amateur guessers seems to be Shreveport.

    Not exactly paradise, but it's sure better than Detroit in December (or better than Detroit anytime...).

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    1. I don't know what you're looking at but everybody is picking the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit.

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    2. If we are playing in Detroit looks like we are Northern IL. Should be interesting not a good match up for us with a mobile QB

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    3. You're right Chris, I based my comment on old news. I went back and checked a half-dozen or so prognosticators, and couldn't find any that still had us in Shreveport any more.

      Two (SB Nation and Scout) had either us or 'Cuse in Dallas. One had us snubbed entirely.

      I guess we'll know officially soon enough.

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  30. Chris who were the eight football recruits at the Pitt basketball game last nite? Auggie from Baldwin Pa.

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  31. Pitt basketball RPI is ranked 24th!

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  32. The word is that there are 3 spots for Pitt/Syracuse/Wash St/Oregon St. One supposedly will get snubbed. We'll see.

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