Just got back from the Campus of University of Virginia where we stayed when visiting Monticello yesterday. I forgot just how beautiful that campus is as it is mainly Thomas Jefferson’s designed buildings. We stayed at a nice hotel called the Cavalier Inn. Not super fancy, a bit tattered here and there but really pleasant and only $99 per night… with a good free breakfast.
We’ll be playing Virginia in their house in 2018 so keep this info in mind – will make for a great road trip destination.
On to football:
I posted in a comment with this info yesterday but want to include it for the readers who don’t follow the comments.
QB Nate Peterman is getting more and more publicity as the days draw nearer to the 2017 NFL draft on April 27th – 29th. Now we see an article in the Buffalo News that lists why the Bills should draft him.
- He played in a pro-style passing attack. Peterman led the Panthers’ highest-scoring offense in program history as a senior in 2016, an attack that put up 40.9 points per game. He also led the ACC in passer efficiency (163.4 rating), starting all 13 games while completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,855 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
- He’s resilient. Peterman signed with Tennessee coming out of high school in Florida so that he could play SEC football. He didn’t get many chances, though, redshirting as a freshman in 2012. He broke his hand in his first start of 2013 and threw just 23 passes that season, then got benched after two series in 2014 in favor of Joshua Dobbs, who started the rest of the year. Peterman ended up throwing only 43 passes for Tennessee.
- He’s smart. In addition to the bachelor’s degree in communications he earned in three years at Tennessee, Peterman also has an MBA from Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business. He made the 2016 All-ACC Academic Football Team.
I think Peterman at Pitt is a guy that I think is a project,” Jaworski told NJ Advance Media Tuesday following the NFL Draft in Philadelphia Chalk Talk at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. “And, he’s a good project. When you look at the quarterback position, you have to look at development. Certainly with Eli, you’re probably going to get a year or two more.
“I always believe that you should take a quarterback. Develop him. Get him onto the practice squad. You find out about him. That’s a position that takes time. You can run out a wide receiver, at tackle and they can contribute quickly. Very few Dak Prescott come along and play the way he played last year. Peterman is a guy that I would take a good, hard look at.”
Speaking of NFL-worthy QBs I’d like to remind readers what I asked Pat Narduzzi in a face to face interview during the 2016 fall camp. I asked “Now that you have been in the ACC for a full year what do you have to do differently on defense as opposed to the Big Ten?”
His answer? ‘All offenses are pretty much alike, we’ll play them week to week. No difference between the Big Ten and the ACC really.’ I’m paraphrasing that but here is the video – my question is at the 24:10 mark.
Which strikes to the heart of our defensive problems last season I believe. Here is the list of the Top Eight QBs entering the draft. Please note how many are ACC and how many are Big Ten.
See that? Five of the eight are in the pass happy ACC and zip, none, nada in the Big Ten. This stubbornness in his defensive philosophy is what hurt us last year and pointed us to giving up 35.2 ppg. He needs to have a mindset change. One thing that might be a bright spot in his recognizing this is some personnel moves he’s making.
Most notably by moving Safety Jordan Whitehead from the Strong Safety spot to the Free Safety position. Whitehead cut his teeth and made a name in his run defense support in 2015 from that Strong Safety position but we need his speed out in pass defense.
Rivals Chris Peak has a nice article about this move on Whitehead’s part.
It is pretty obvious that we need more pure speed in the defensive backfield. That’s one of the reason WR/DB Maurice Ffrench has been shuttling between offense and defense this spring also.
Of course this will be a main topic of conversation until we play PSU in September. That’s when we’ll face the first of a few really good QBs in Tracy McSorley. He torched us last year (24 of 35, 332 yards 1 TD and 1 INT) but I don’t think it will be as dramatic as that this year.
Thanks God for our Ryan Lewis in that game, eh?
Speaking of videos, remember this from before last year’s PSU game? (Note: rude language). I laugh my ass off every time I watch it… “I’ll bomb everything west of Altoona“. Classic!!
Richman, Jay91, Huff and Jeff in PA – could you all send me an email about the Golf Outing. I have your screen names listed as coming to the outing but that is all I have heard from you guys. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I need the info for my records.
As for the Golf Outing – it is shaping up nicely. If you still owe for the entrance fees please send it in to me at home (address on homepage). Remember if you don’t want to golf but hang out, have a few drinks, eat and debate Pitt football then it is only $25. It is only $75 if you do want to golf.
Plus it looks like UPitt is going to be there… tell me you don’t want to meet him in person. He’ll take a punch to the gut for $20 to go to the POV Postage Fund.
I have a bunch of car decals left – send me an email if you want a couple. Also – if you want to get things I will have to pass out in the future then again, send me your contact info and I’ll put you on my list.
I have been asked by the Library of Congress’ Veteran’s Oral History Project to do an hour long interview about my time in the service and then afterward. I was submitted for this from one of the people who “checked me out” as a Human Book from the Human Library last weekend at our library. If you remember I wrote a bit about that.
I’m also going to be the interviewer for two other Veterans that same evening. Should be interesting and I’ll give you all details when it is all finished. BTW – don’t let anyone tell you they will be bored in retirement – that is absolutely only if you want to be.
I have one big ass favor to ask. Can anyone who has parking in one of the Heinz ground parking lots be our “Tailgate Man”? Basically that means lugging the Pitt POV flagpole and storing it at your house for the season… then bringing it to and from the tailgate.
I’ll provide food, sodas and booze, etc. of course but I can’t carry that flagpole around because of my lower back – and also because I own a Prius so it will stick out a window on my 450 mile round trips. It is about 6.5′ long when closed.
I’ll slide some storage and gas money your way if anyone can chip in and help us POV’ers with this.. I will thank you forever if you can be so kind as to do this.
First tailgate is on April 15th for the Spring Game. I’ll be at the gold Lot at around 10:30 – 11:00 am for the 1:00 pm start. See you all there – look for the above mentioned flag…