Note: We have to skip the Roundtable Call-in this week as my son and I are taking a two-day “Guys Break” in Philly. We will do it next week for sure.
Last week I mailed out oval Pitt POV car decals to everyone I had addresses for. If you didn’t get one and you would like to then send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your home address in it and I’ll get one out to you. Please put “Decals” in the subject line if you would.
It isn’t a bad idea for me to have your address on file anyway because every so often I get something I would like to share with you all. For example I got my hands on some rather scarce “Pitt Football Spring 2017” guides in hard-copy and just finished mailing them out. They went out originally only to the working media.
Use them wisely – there is a ton of info in them and they basically are the info on hand until the freshmen report in August for fall camp. After that a regular guide for the season comes out and I’ll see if I can’t get an extra or two of those…
So, in light of my financial transparency with your donations – I just dropped over $175 on postage.
Get those names and fees in for the golf outing as soon as possible please, and thanks to those who have already done so. Remember that if you don’t want to golf but show up and eat and drink and talk Pitt football and POV stuff with your new friends – that’s only $25 dollars.
Here is an article from PSN on prospective starter at TE, Chris Clark. This made me think maturity has set in a bit and how refreshing for a young man to be so honest about himself:
What did you learn through this process, transferring, sitting out and then the injury?
“Yeah, my recruiting process, I’ll be the first to admit, it wasn’t embarrassing but I definitely wish that I could change couple things that happened throughout it. I was known as being a kid that was indecisive about everything. I’ve definitely grown up a lot since then and I’ve changed. I have a different mindset than I did a couple of years ago. I guess now looking back on it, it’s helped me so much as a person and a man. It has been crazy but I’m happy I finally found a place like Pitt to call home.”
I’m still not convinced he’ll be an equal replacement for either of our two last featured TEs but still – good for him!
Another good PSN piece is this interview with Pitt’s LB coach Rob Harley. You truly do have to wonder just what in hell Harley is talking about with this riff on some sort of mythical standards set by the departing LBs…
“There’s obviously been a standard set and how lucky are we to have that standard that the older guys set the last 2 years. We’re lucky to have that standard to live up to and they just have to live up to it. They were here with those guys and they understand what those guys set.
Memo to Rob: Have you checked the defensive’s stats for the last two years? We have sucked more each successive season after you got here. Drop the declining standards and make up something new ASAP. You are welcome, Reed.
Jerry DiPaola weights in on that unit also with this blog entry about the guys on the LOS and in front of the pass sieve.
Senior Quintin Wirginis will be a big part of Pitt’s group at linebacker, but juniors Elijah Zeise and Seun Idowu and sophomore Saleem Brightwell (still in the middle) were with the first team at the outset of the fifth day of spring drills Thursday morning.
Coach Pat Narduzzi was asked after practice where he would like to see Brightwell, who was an outside linebacker last year. He said he has no preference.
“The great thing, he’s learning both,” Narduzzi said. “I don’t think there’s anything better for a linebacker to say, `Hey, I can play anywhere, coach. Where do you want me to go?’ ”
Spring allows Narduzzi the time to use players at positions they may not play during the season. It gives coaches a dossier to fall back on if/when injuries occur. And it allows a contemplated position change to become reality in time for the season.
I think I added into my practice report that Wirginis is practicing with a large elbow brace on his right elbow – when I talked with him at pro Day he said he’s be 100% ready by fall camp.
BTW – there is some media talk about RB Ollison being ahead of Moss or Moss overtaking Ollison … don’t believe a word of it. Unless there is an injury that will keep one of these kids out of fall camp anything can happen and that means that Darrin Hall, Todd Silby and A. Davis can come into play also.
Speaking again of Pro day – here is the best, by a very large margin, media coverage of the event there is. It is the Pitt News and the photos were taken by a young lady I had the pleasure of having a nice conversation with in the dining area – Heather Sunners.
But this photo is from Steve Rothstein. Who is that handsome guy cut in half on the far left?