Virginia at Pitt Open Game Thread

Virginia at Pitt Open Game Thread

So first, in order to celebrate the impending kickoff, a bunch of POV’ers met up at a local area golf course yesterday.  After they quickly and easily dispatched an imposter’s best attempt to troll the group, a good time was clearly had by all.

And after the round it was rumored that this refrain could be heard echoing from the 19th hole:

Fight on for dear old Pittsburgh 
And for the glory of the game 
Show our worthy foe that the Panther’s on the go 
Pitt must win today! Rah! Rah! Rah! 
Cheer loyal sons of Pittsburgh 
Cheer on to victory and fame 
For the Blue and Gold shall conquer as of old 
So fight, Pitt, fight! 

Da da da da da-da Fight, Pitt, fight! 
Da da da da da-da Fight, Pitt, fight! 
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y! 

and

Hail to Pitt, Hail to Pitt, every loyal son 
Hail to Pitt, Hail to Pitt, till the victory’s won 
The Gold and Blue shall wave forever 
On high thro’ fair and stormy weather 
We’ll sing her praises far and wide until the end of time 
Hoop hurray, Hoop hurray for dear old uni.. 
Give her a grand old ALLEGENEE GENAC GENAC GENAC 
We’ll wave and cheer for many a year 
And sing her songs out loud and clear 
For our University.

Pitt vs Virginia Game Preview and Prediction Thread

Pitt vs Virginia Game Preview and Prediction Thread

And here we are.  The eve of kickoff, twenty-nineteen.  Eight long months we have waited in the desert, and our proverbial throats are parched.  Tomorrow our thirst for football will be quenched.

Virginia brings an experienced team to Heinz, returning six starters on offense and eight starters (count ’em!) on defense.

Lets take a look at some of the key matchups that could help decide the game. Continue reading “Pitt vs Virginia Game Preview and Prediction Thread”

Song of the Southside

Song of the Southside

Pitt opens against Virginia on Saturday, and I approach the game with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation.  On one hand, there is a nearly palpable sense of confidence radiating from the Southside, and if you quiet your mind and turn your ear towards the Mon you can nearly make out the faintest of whispers saying, this year is different.  It is a siren song that Pitt fans yearn to believe.  One that is backed by the steely gazes of the upperclassman, and heard in the timbre of their voices.  It is projected through the stolid words of center Jimmy Morrissey, inferred by body language of the wide receivers licking their chops as they talk about the the passing game, and made that much more audible by grim determination of quarterback Kenny Pickett.

And yet for every reason to believe, there are a dozen reasons not to.  Jimmy Morrissey’s confidence?  There are four first-year starters surrounding him.  Those wide receivers?  Useless if they can’t get the ball.  And Kenny Pickett?  The last time we saw him, he was  nothing more than a shell-shocked sophomore, gritting his way through the last three games of the season.  Oh and don’t even get me started on the running backs and tight ends. Continue reading “Song of the Southside”

Pitt Depth Chart

Here is the Depth Chart that Pitt Released today.  I pulled it from Pittsburgh Sports Now, but I’m assuming EJ sent out a press release.

My fast thoughts in italics.  Please feel free to discuss.

OFFENSE: 

QB: Kenny Pickett.   Backup- Nick Patti or Jeff George Jr.  Interesting that the backup situation is an “Or”

RB: AJ Davis or Todd Sibley  No surprises here.

WR: Taysir Mack, Tre Tipton, Maurice Ffrench.  Backups- Aaron Mathews, Dontavius Butler-Jenkins, John Vardzel.  John who?

TE: Will Gragg. Backups- Nakia Griffin-Stewart, Grant Carrigan  So Gragg beat out Griffin-Stewart.  Maybe that 20 lbs of muscle he put on in the offseason paid off.

LT: Carter Warren    Backup- Carson Van Lynn  And it’s official.

LG: Bryce Hargrove   Backup- Brandon Ford  Yep.

C- Jimmy Morrissey  Backup- Owen Drexel  Yep.

RG-Gabe Houy    Backup- Jake Kradel or Chase Brown  r-Frosh and local product Kradel cracks the two-deep.

RT- Nolan Ulizio   Backup- Jerry Drake Jr.

DEFENSE: 

DE: Patrick Jones    Backups- John Morgan or Kaymar Mimes  Mimes back to DE after TE last year speaks to a slight lack of depth at DE

DT: Jalen Twyman   Backups- David Green or Tyler Bentley Young guys making the two deep all over this line.

DT: Keyshon Camp or Amir Watts   Backup- Devin Danielson Nice to see another local guy make the two deep.

DE: Deslin Alexandre   Backup- Habbukkuk Baldonado Haba is going to have to grow up fast.  

Money Linebacker: Kylan Johnson  Backup- Chase Pine  Pine fails to grab the starting spot yet again.  When is the lightbulb going to go on for this guy?

Mike Linebacker: Elias Reynolds or Saleem Brightwell Solid and experienced MLB corps.

Star Linebacker: Cam Bright or Phil Campbell I still think this is going to be the weak link of the defense.

Strong Safety: Paris Ford   Backup- Jazzee Stocker  Ford locked down the starting spot.  Can he deliver?

Free Safety: Damar Hamlin  Backup- Therran Coleman  Coleman is a guy who has paid his dues for a while.  

Cornerback: Dane Jackson  Backup- Erick Hallett  Surprised to see Hallett here.  5’11”.  Redshirted last year.  

Cornerback: Jason Pinnock or Damarri Mathis.  As expected.

Does Narduzzi Know What He’s Doing? Part IV

Does Narduzzi Know What He’s Doing? Part IV

Here is a thought-provoking piece by POV reader and commenter “6&34”.  

I have written three articles for the POV all concerned with the question:  Does Narduzzi know what he is doing?  I am once again asking that question and it may be the last time I ever ask it. So, does he?

Case in point, a week or so ago I heard a podcast that said  since Watson has been replaced as OC the offense is on Pat Narduzzi.   Well, with all due respect to the podcaster, the Watson hire is on Narduzzi so to say that this year’s offense is really on Narduzzi seems like a rather weak point.

If the offense is weak this year, will the offense really, really be on Narduzzi next year? No, the weak 2018 offense falls squarely on Narduzzi because regardless of the reason.  And there are a lot of potential reasons:  Watson was doing his friend a solid, Narduzzi though Watson actually knew what he was doing, Narduzzi was incapable of fixing Watson’s observable inadequacy mid-season, Narduzzi believed that Pitt’s smash mouth running offense was incapable of being stopped, or whatever.

Offense aside, we’ve had four full seasons of Pat Narduzzi and arguably four full seasons of his recruiting though this present recruiting class is not yet over (we could get some additional good players or we could lose some as we did last year).  POVers stand divided on the question and its no wonder:  Pitt has been mediocre during Narduzzi’s reign which has been characterized by amazing highs and lows. Seriously, the lows have been humiliating (the defensive backs getting repeatedly torched) and the highs, what can you say about the Clemson and Miami wins (please Negativos, don’t mention that in 2017 Miami lost its next two games because I’ll just mention that in 2016 Clemson went on to win the National Championship).  Continue reading “Does Narduzzi Know What He’s Doing? Part IV”

2019 Football Preview & Prediction Thread

2019 Football Preview & Prediction Thread

Well fall camp is wrapping up, and next week the team starts their Virginia game prep in earnest.

The depth chart won’t be published until Monday, but I think we’ve watched enough videos and read enough camp reports to get an idea of who will be on the field.

The question is, will they be any good?  There is a momentum behind the program that has not been felt in many years, but good vibes can dissipate rapidly with a blown coverage, a missed tackle, a sack surrendered or an untimely interception thrown.

Pitt still doesn’t have enough talent, detractors will say.  Nothing we saw last year shows that we’ll improve, they will say again.

And it’s possible that they are right.  Continue reading “2019 Football Preview & Prediction Thread”