Folks – this will be very short as I have commitments all day today. I’ll be back with a longer piece tomorrow.
For now though here are some of the more interesting things I ran across in the media lately:
Our new star interior Defensive Lineman had something to say after Saturday’s game. Soto is having a career season this year and it has been a real pleasant surprise. We kind of thought Jarrett would be OK – after all he went to WPIAL powerhouse Taylor-Allderdice, but Soto’s move from DE to inside left us wondering.
He’s answered those questions though:
Jerry DiPaola of the Trib writes on our ‘hobbled’ roster going into the UVA game this weekend.
Among the baggage Pitt will carry south of the Mason-Dixon Line is a starting lineup missing several important pieces. Cornerback Avonte Maddox, who hurt his arm before halftime Saturday against Georgia Tech and later was wearing a sling, likely won’t play.
That makes four defensive positions that have been manned by replacements through six games. Also out are defensive end Dewayne Hendrix (foot) and outside linebackers Mike Caprara (lower body) and Elijah Zeise (ankle). On offense, Dontez Ford, the team’s most experienced wide receiver, has missed the past four games with a broken collarbone.
So look for Jackson to resume his back-up play there but also note that both Coleman and Hamlin have been listed on this week’s two-deep:
P-G’s Craig Meyer has an interesting piece up about Pitt’s next three games:
Their first-half opponents were accompanied by coaching stability, from Villanova’s Andy Talley (32nd season) to Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy (12th) to Marshall’s Doc Holliday (seventh). Even Penn State, with a new offensive coordinator and quarterback, is in its third season under James Franklin.
What awaits Pitt in the next few weeks is an entirely different package. Each of the Panthers’ next three opponents — Virginia (Oct. 15), Virginia Tech (Oct. 27) and Miami (Nov. 5) — has a coach in his first season at the school, meaning the road game against the Cavaliers represents the beginning of a stretch that is perhaps trickier than it might have been otherwise.
“They’re a totally different offense and defense from what they were a year ago,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said of Virginia at his weekly news conference Monday. “That will be a challenge.”
Have to run – more tomorrow….