The Narduzzi – DiPaola banter continues…
PITTSBURGH—The Pitt football program resumed its 2019 training camp on Tuesday morning at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side of Pittsburgh.
Head coach Pat Narduzzi met with reporters prior to the session, while safeties coach Cory Sanders and several players fielded questions at the conclusion of the workout.
Head Coach Pat Narduzzi Transcript
“We had a nice scrimmage Saturday. Most importantly, we stayed healthy. Nobody is too banged up. It was a 136-play scrimmage, so we got after it. I was really happy with the way our offense ran the football, which was obviously not the case in the scrimmage before. They put some things together. Todd Sibley ran the ball well. Vincent Davis, a puppy, showed that he’s going to be able to play for us this year. Is that going to be the third game, fourth game? I don’t know. But he did some nice things as a running back. Overall, I was happy with where we came out of it.”
On how Vincent Davis will be utilized:
“TBA. We still have two weeks to go until game time. We’ll find out. That’s in reference to everybody. The depth chart has not been set. They’re still fighting every day. We have a pretty good idea after the second jersey scrimmage, which is the most important scrimmage that we have. But you still have to go out and be able to adapt to game-planning.
But obviously, [Vincent] knows what he’s doing. He’s done a nice job of hitting the holes and twisting and spinning. He’s just been good. We’ll continue to see how game-ready he is going to be. It’s a few weeks away. I don’t see him playing in the opener yet, but we’ll see.”
On Mychale Salahuddin:
“Mychale is still resting right now. To his defense, he’s been out for a year. All of these other guys have been running around. He’s been out. He didn’t particularly hit the holes like you’d like him to, but that’s kind of expected. He’s been out for a year. It takes time. Things happen fast back there. There’s probably a lot on his mind. I’m happy with where he is right now, me personally. We’ll see from there.”
On the linebackers:
“There are some guys that can play at that position. If I had to say that there’s a banged up group right now, it’s probably that group. Maybe it’s because of all of the running that we’re doing as far as run game. Elias Reynolds has had a good camp. Kylan Johnson has really had a good camp. Cam Bright has been solid. There’s separation but still a lot of work to do.”
On how the defensive line performed in the scrimmage:
“Patrick Jones continues to progress. Deslin Alexandre played well. Jaylen Twyman has been outstanding as well. Again, the rest of that defensive line, especially inside at the tackle spots, has been really solid. Another guy that keeps progressing daily is Habbakkuk Baldonado. He’s progressing to the point where he is going to be a factor this season. He has proved that he can be in our top four.”
On if they’ve decided on a backup quarterback:
“Not really. Nick Patti and Jeff George are doing a fine job. They’re both battling. We’ll see. We’re getting closer, but we’ll hold off on that.”
On the difference in meals selected by the new team nutritionist:
“We’re getting more deserts this year (laughing). I’m trying to stay away from those, but I still go with the chocolate chip cookie when they’re available.”