I’m taking part in this morning’s conference call with two Pitt staff coaches and two players. It was organized by the Pinstripe Bowl media reps from the Yankee organization. I’ll try to recap it ASAP so you get it and can comment as fit.
About the New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments in recent college football history. Known as “New York’s Bowl Game,” it is played at the world-renowned Yankee Stadium, which is home to the New York Yankees, New York City Football Club and many other sporting, cultural and business events. The 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place on Wednesday, December 28, at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN, featuring the No. 23-ranked University of Pittsburgh and Northwestern University.
Participants from Pitt: EJ Borghetti, OC Matt Canada, DC Conklin, QB Nate Peterman, MLB Matt Galambos.
It was the first time I did one of these sports conference calls and I enjoyed it. I asked three things; here are my questions to the panel and I’m paraphrasing the answers:
I asked DC Conklin about Austin Carr, the Northwestern WR who has 84 catches for 1,196 yards and 12 TD and his being a quick receiver against our suspect passing defense. Carr is a lot like Steve Largent or other crisp route runners who rely on timing throws from the QB.
Conklin took some time on this answer and while a lot was basic coach-talk about preparation and using the 10 extra bowl practices to get ready.
He did specifically mentioned that they were concerned because Carr is a slot receiver and ‘we’ve had breakdowns with that this season’.
Conklin also talked about different coverage looks and using more individual attention (man coverage?) will be paid to Carr specifically. He said that because Carr was a great route runner they had to practice especially for that sharpness.
I asked QB Nate Peterman about his season so far, ran through his 26 TDs to 6 INTs and his great QB efficiency rating of 161.2 and told him that was one of the best in Pitt’s history… and then asked if he’ll go deep with some younger receivers to close his career out with a bang.
Nate is not a very good interview and I say that with great respect for what he’s done at Pitt. But Peterman basically answers two ways to every question – his teammates are great and we want a win. He goes into no details at all and is emotionless. He was like that at Media Day during spring practice also. I should have know that was a wasted question.
“Looking for a win” “Playing a good team” “Looking for a win”
I asked MLB Matt Galambos what it was like playing with DT Jeremiah Taleni in front of him for the latter part of the season and what he thought of Taleni’s quickness. I mentioned I was stationed in Hawaii and my wife was from there so I’ve followed Taleni’s career pretty closely.
He stated that it was fun playing with Taleni and that he had a great 1st step and good feet. He said that Taleni has phenomenal hands and easily takes two lineman away. He mentioned the 4th down plays against Clemson and how those two big stops were made by Taleni.
He also said Taleni was a “great guy especially in the locker room” meaning a good teammate.
That was the basics from the Pitt POV’s input on questions and I’ll post the transcript if and when available.
It was lots of fun though and now that I’ve done one I’ll jump in when they have others. I did leave my phone on speaker and it screwed up the audio stuff at their end – had to apologize for that. Maybe they will ban me from the next three calls…
I’ll do another article when Scott Barnes actually tells us he’s leaving.