Pitt Football 2019 Fall Camp – Day 13

Pitt Football 2019 Fall Camp – Day 13

Day 13 is in the books, and the Panthers are scrimmaging today.  Looks for some meaningful depth chart updates to leak out (or be straight up published by the SID…) next week.

Here are yesterday’s interviews and Narduzzi Transcript.  My only observation is that both Linebackers, Pine and Reynolds, appear to have turned the corner from a maturity standpoint.  This will especially help Pine.  Hopefully Reynolds has worked on his speed and quickness over the offseason, as he’s always been good between the ears.  Hail to Pitt. Continue reading “Pitt Football 2019 Fall Camp – Day 13”

Pitt Football 2019 – Fall Camp Practice 12

Pitt Football 2019 – Fall Camp Practice 12

Practice interviews are up.  Enjoy.

INTERVIEW VIDEOS

Head Coach Pat Narduzzi

Some good commentary on Kenny Pickett and the O Line here.  Yes it’s typical positivity from the ‘Duzz but for some reason this year I believe him.  Okay well actually I believe him every year, but I believe him more this year.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely

Still one of the best interviews on the staff.  Very good and what I believe to be true information on the state of the offensive line.  Form your own conclusions though.  Here is Borbley after practice 18 last fall.  His second sentence is “We still have along way to go.”  I’m not hearing that this year.  Also noteworthy at about 4:30, he goes through all the young backups (who are now potential starters).

Quarterback Kenny Pickett

Man is he good at saying stuff without staying stuff.  Clearly he’s got more confidence.  Clearly he’s focused on the season.  Gosh I hope his maturity shows through on the field.

Offensive Lineman Carter Warren & Gabe Houy

Carter has some swag.  Houy is just a humble dude.  They are both who they are, which is what you want.

Linebacker Leslie Smith

Honey Badger 2.  I’m just going to start calling him that right now.  If course if the hype isn’t real this name won’t stick… Continue reading “Pitt Football 2019 – Fall Camp Practice 12”

Things to talk About

 

Things are slow.  Should be a new round of interviews up today, so stay tuned.

In the meantime:

On Saturday’s scrimmage:
“There were good plays and bad plays. Everybody got them. We’re just trying to eliminate all of the bad plays. Deslin [Alexandre] was a guy that stuck out to me just as far as details and doing more than what I’ve seen from him. That’s what you expect when something like that happens. You expect for somebody to step up and take over, and he really did.” Continue reading “Things to talk About”

Cool Vintage Pitt Stuff

Cool Vintage Pitt Stuff

Lets take a break from all this training camp stuff for a minute.  I got my hands on something called the “University of Pittsburgh Football Vault” earlier this weekend.  (Thanks for sending Reed!), and it’s pretty damn cool.  If you aren’t familiar, it’s basically a giant, full color history of Pitt football through 2007, complete with all kind of memorabilia replicas (for example a copy of Jackie Sherrill’s Pitt contract, or the run-of-show for Pitt’s 1929 Rose bowl appearance.) Continue reading “Cool Vintage Pitt Stuff”

Pitt Media Recap Day 7

Panthers are scrimmaging today.  Here is the official media recap from yesterday.  More from Narduzzi and Bates on Weaver.  Also interviews with Patrick Jones and Deslin Alexandre.

Pitt Football Camp – Media Recap, Day 7

Video Interviews and Quotes from Pittsburgh

 

INTERVIEW VIDEOS

Head Coach Pat Narduzzi

Defensive Coordinator Randy Bates

Defensive Linemen Patrick Jones II & Deslin Alexandre

Offensive Lineman Jimmy Morrissey

 

PITTSBURGH—The Pitt football program held the seventh practice of its 2019 training camp on Friday morning at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

Head coach Pat Narduzzi met with reporters prior to the session, while defensive coordinator Randy Bates and players fielded questions at the conclusion of the workout.

 

Head Coach Pat Narduzzi Transcript

 

Opening Statement:

“I’ve got some sad, unfortunate news… This is one of those ones that makes you sick to your stomach as a coach. We suffered a casualty yesterday unfortunately with Rashad Weaver with a knee injury, something that will have to be surgically repaired. He’ll be out for the season. It makes me sick. It’s something you never want to see happen, but we all know it is a part of the game. It’s not what you want to see.”

 

On who is capable of stepping up in Weaver’s place:

“We have a lot of guys who have to step up. It puts more pressure on those guys to fill Rashad’s shoes. Rashad is strong as heck. He is going to coach. You will see him on the sideline with headphones on. That guy should be a coach someday. He’ll coach. He walked out for practice today, and he has a schedule in his hands. He’s ready to go. Deslin [Alexandre] has to step up. Kaymar [Mimes] has to step up. Habakkuk Baldonado, too. A lot of guys have to step up. Those guys are always one snap away from being that next man in. We will miss Rashad dearly, and I feel bad for him. It’s not easy to sit with the doctor and hear that news come out. I had to break the news to him. That it’s one of the ugliest things you can have.”

 

On how the players are handling Weaver’s injury:

“It is all a part of the game. I hate using the term next man up, but it really is next man up. Guys are texting me saying, ‘Coach, we’re going to play our tail off for Rashad.’ Guys use this a little bit as motivation. This just keeps the guys going. Each day is there for you, but it is not a given. You step out there, you might have one play and it might be your last.”

 

On how Weaver’s injury happened:

“It was an inside drill, the very last play. It was a pass. It was a play-action pass on the inside drill, coming off the block. The tight end is trying to run a route; it was a block then go. As the tight end runs the route, he kind of threw him. As [Weaver] came off it, he planted his foot. So technically, it was non-contact. It’s not like somebody rolled into him. It was a thud period.”

 

On what the exact injury was:

“Yes, it was an ACL. Right.”

 

On how the team is progressing:

“I feel good. I think the guys have gotten better every day. It’s amazing, the day Rashad gets hurt, Habakkuk, who is coming back from a similar injury, fell to his knees and got back up and said, ‘hey, I’m okay.’ But then all the sudden you saw him take a step forward like, ‘Haba is starting to come around again.’ But after six days and seven today, we’re out in shells with a scrimmage tomorrow. I feel really good about where we are. Obviously, I wish we were one person stronger. But we have a strong football team that will continue to fight and move forward. Rashad will be better for what it is. We’ll fight to get another year back. But we’ll move on.”

 

On positional battles he wants to see in the scrimmage:

“Every one of them. There are battles at one and two, and two and three. They’re all interesting. There are battles at every position.”

Rashad Weaver out for Season

Saw on Twitter today that Rashad Weaver injured his knee in Practice and will be out for the season. This is the kind of injury that Pitt could ill afford as Weaver was primed for an all-ACC season and we have little depth at the DE position.

This is a huge opportunity for Deslin Alexandre, who has been tabbed as the third DE. It’s a also a huge opportunity for one of the many redshirt Freshman DE’s that are on the roster. Nonetheless, Weaver’s presence will be missed.

Here is the official press release from Pitt’s SID:

PITTSBURGH—Pitt junior defensive end Rashad Weaver will miss the 2019 season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, head coach Pat Narduzzi announced.

 

Weaver sustained the injury during Thursday’s training camp practice.

 

Considered one of the top returning defensive linemen in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Weaver (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cooper City)was named preseason All-ACC by no fewer than three different publications. As a sophomore in 2018, he led Pitt in sacks (6.5), tackles for loss (14) and fumble recoveries (three).

 

“Rashad Weaver embodies what Pitt football is all about,” Narduzzi said. “He is an outstanding player, student and leader. Everyone in this program shares his disappointment, but we know he will overcome this adversity and return better than ever.”

 

The Panthers open the season at Heinz Field against Coastal Division foe Virginia on August 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Hail to Pitt

Michaelangelo Monteleone