I invited readers to send in their impressions of the Spring Game and Eric Wassel took advantage. I will put his article up under the Monday Morning QB piece that will be posted tomorrow morning.
Well, after all that talk from me about ‘if you are going to discuss the Pitt team in detail after the offseason then you really should get to the Spring Game so you know what you are talking about’… I missed the whole day even when I was up in Pittsburgh just this morning.
But we here at the POV had our “stringers” at the game so you know we’ll be getting detailed reports as soon as they put the beer cans down. Here is one group who showed up at the modified tailgate: see if you can guess who they are (I’ll answer in the comments section later):
Bunch of blood thirsty SOBs right there I tell you. BTW – I’m doing up a separate Golf Outing article today also – pretty interesting and fun as hell day for everyone – I’m really proud of the turnout at the golf club but also at the number of commenters who wrote me saying they wished they were there.
We’ll find something else to do during the season I’m sure.
Here are the Pitt’s detailed stats for the scrimmage this afternoon.
as provided by the Post-Gazette’s Craig Meyer on his Twitter feed.
Alan Saunders of Pgh Sports now has a detailed article about the kids’ performances also. In what is always a topic of conversation during the Spring Practices the four scholarship QBs went out to do their best. Here is what Alan has to say about that:
Max Browne got off to a slow start that was hindered by some questionable protection and a couple of drops, but he got going by the fourth quarter, leading a late touchdown drive and connecting on a perfect 27-yard pass to Tre Tipton.
Browne was playing without either of his starting receivers, so it’s pretty hard to evaluate his performance. But his passes looked much better as the game went on. He finished the day 13 of 28 for 144 yards.
Thomas MacVittie attempted just one pass and was sacked twice on three drop-backs.
Aside from the cautionary “It is still only spring and only a scrimmage” advice we always throw around at this point I’ll add this. Our QBs were throwing against the NCAA’s (almost) worse pass defense so take all of it with a two grains of salt not just one.
You all will chip in with your own comments on the day but when I see that Thomas MacVitte did so poorly in taking two sacks on three drop back plays I have to think it means he’s having a harder time with the new offenses. And I haven’t read anyone saying they think that Max Browne will have actual competition in fall camp – but apparently I’ve been underestimating how the staff feels about Ben DiNucci obviously.
But I’ll bet a dollar right now that it will be Browne as the starter and DiNucci as the backup going into the YSU game on Sept. 2nd. I’d have said MacVitte three weeks ago but after reading and listening to everything out of camp and then reading about this scrimmage I’m thinking it will be Browne and then DiNucci as the two-deep going into fall camp.
Now things can and do change during the month of August so we’ll see what happens then.
Oh – and there is another reason not to read too deeply into what happened this afternoon and here it is…the Pitt QBs’ stats from the 2014-15 Spring Game:
We saw what happened with both of those guys by the end of the 2015 season – they took off and didn’t look at Pitt in the rear view mirror.
Other than that not much at all jumps out at me looking at the final stats except that when all the other WRs were catching just about every ball thrown to them Tre Tipton caught just two of the seven throws he was the target for.
Here is an interview with Narduzzi talking about our new AD.