It always helps to get those star NFL Pitt players to come back and rub shoulders with the current team (and donors) for the Spring Game. This year it will be Tyler Boyd and Jabaal Sheard as Honorary Coaches.
“Tyler and Jabaal are all-time Pitt greats who have continued to make us proud in the National Football League,” Narduzzi said. “We tell our guys that once you’re a Panther, you’re always a Panther. Our entire team is fired up that Tyler and Jabaal will be back with us this Saturday at Heinz.”
The 2017 Blue-Gold Game will feature a true game format with the team being divided by position into two separate squads. Admission for the Blue-Gold Game is free for all fans. Doors at Heinz Field will open at 11:30 a.m. exclusively for Panther Club members showing their membership card. Gates will open to the general public at noon and the game will start at 1 p.m. All seating is general admission on the east sideline.
Parking will be available in the Gold lots beginning at 10 a.m. For more information and a listing of the day’s various fan attractions, click here: Blue-Gold Game Fan Information.
Alan Saunders did up a very nice article and graphic covering the Blue and the Gold teams draft for the scrimmage on Saturday. Remember – this is what Narduzzi said Ollison was picked last for by his peers in the spring of 2016. (I’ll have to look that up).
I especially like this quote from Maddox:
“I don’t know what they were thinking over there,” he said, laughing. “They were playing checkers and I was playing chess. I was thinking ahead of the game and they were playing the next move. That’s why we got 13 starters and they have two. But good to luck to them.”
The Post-Gazette covers it also.
While O’Neill went first to Gold, Blue used the first second-round pick on versatile fullback George Aston.
“He’ll set the tone for us,” said Browne, the graduate transfer from Southern California. “We just felt that’s a good guy to have on the team. When you talk about pass game, run game, you’ve got to have him.”
We talk a lot on here about how the mainstream media sites have to walk a fine line when it comes to criticism of any sort towards Pitt football, and that is true. But in the past one writer, and really the only writer to do so on a semi-regular basis, is Jerry DiPaola of the Tribune -Review.
Two days ago he put out another fine piece in his Pitt Locker Room blog about the comings and goings of the team and program. In that article he wrote something that I had touched on last week, and what has been on every thinking man’s mind since the spring practices began when he said this:
Of particular interest, to me (at least), is how junior Phillipie Motley continues to hang on to one starting job at cornerback.
Motley is older and more experienced than players such as Damar Hamlin and Therran Coleman. Sophomore Dane Jackson, though, started three games last season to Motley’s two and had double the pass breakups (4/2).
Of course I am referring to the first sentence. When the first words out of the staff’s mouths are the returning DBs doing so well it makes Pitt fans scratch their collective heads. By the way as we have also talked about on here – blogs are more editorializing and for putting opinions out than the regular media’s articles are and we just saw an example of that with DiPaola’s thoughts on Motley.
Not that his thought on Motley is all that critical but the thrust of the issue is that these new DBs were supposed to waltz in and take over… which won’t happen right away.
I urge readers to put Pitt Locker Room on their list of Pitt Sports links to look at during the day – it is always good stuff. Here are some other articles on there that pertain…
On To the Golf Outing:
It looks like we are all firmed up for attendees for the 1st Annual Pitt POV / FRANKCAN Memorial Golf Classic.
At this writing we have 24 golfers for 18 holes, camaraderie drinks and dinner – it should be a very enjoyable afternoon. The rules are scramble and we posted up the starting times for the golfers early. I’ll also check with Rick to see if that changed at all. it does look like we’ll be able to move up dinner closer to when our last golfers finish their rounds.
It seems that we can’t take any late walk-ins for dinner (that count has been set with Quicksilver’s kitchen) but if you want to show up, have a few and sit around with your POV friends then please do by all means.
I have put together some fun things to do and talk about and here is one I’ll be passing out hard copy to the attendees. It is a “Very, Very Early Predictions” sheet.
THE Pitt POV Reader’s Predictions For 2017
֍ Name: ________________________________________________
֍ What will be Pitt’s 2017 regular season record be?
֍ What will be Pitt’s 2017 final season record be?
֍ Who will be the #2 QB? Throw a regular season TD?
֍ Who will be the leading rusher? # yards & TDs?
֍ Who will be the leading receiver. #yards & TDs?
֍ Who will be the leading tackler? How Many?
֍ Who will be the leader in sacks? How Many?
֍ Who will be the leader in interceptions? How Many?
֍ What will be Pitt’s offensive points per game average?
֍ What will be Pitt’s defensive points per game average?
֍ How many passing yards will our opponents average per game?
GOOD LUCK !! & HTP !!
Why don’t you readers print that out and send your picks to me via email – with “Predictions” in the subject line, and I’ll try to figure out who was closest at the end of the season.
I do have one extremely important request though – my wife and daughter are coming to PGH to visit with friends while this is going on and they will have the car.
Can I ask someone to drop me off in downtown at the Omni William Penn after the festivities? Pretty please!! Otherwise the cab fare will put this blog out of business.
I’ll keep everyone up to date in the comments section if anything changes.