POV’s Roundtable Video; 10-19-17

POV’s Roundtable Video; 10-19-17

Here is last night’s Roundtable video. Mark (PittPT) and Matt (PittintheVille) joined me for a lively hour of Pitt football discussions.

Thanks for the great evening and the talk among friends.  Here are a few of the topics we discussed:

  • The loss to NCS 34-17… with a look back to the Syracuse game
  • The QB situation between Kenny Pickett and Ben NiDucci… (Matt’s name for Ben DiNucci)… and how they were handled in the last game.
  • The RB situation with Campbell’s inclusion after being switched from Safety…
  • Recruiting past, present and future

Those are a few issues – take a listen by yourself and then post up some comments for us all to talk about.

BITS AND PIECES:  Here are some email info sent out but EJ and friends from the Pitt AD’s office

Pat Narduzzi Press Conference 

Duke Week

PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO: Narduzzi Duke Preview

PITT (2-5, 0-3 ACC) vs. DUKE (4-3, 1-3 ACC)

October 21, 2017 • 12:20 p.m., ET

Wallace Wade Stadium (40,004/Natural Grass) • Durham, N.C.

ACC Network • Pitt IMG Sports Radio Network

PittsburghPanthers.com • @Pitt_FB • #PITTvsDUKE

LINK (PDF): Pitt Game Notes (vs. Duke)  These are the best info dumps about Pitt football.

Pitt-Virginia to kick off at 12:30 p.m.

The Oct. 28 game at Heinz Field will be televised locally by AT&T SportsNet.

 PITTSBURGH—Pitt’s October 28 game against Virginia at Heinz Field will kick off at 12:30 p.m., and be televised locally by AT&T SportsNet, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced today.  The Panthers’ remaining 2017 schedule with announced television coverage and kickoff times:

Oct. 21: at Duke* (ACC Network/WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh), 12:20 p.m.

Oct. 28: Virginia* (AT&T SportsNet), 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 (Thurs.): North Carolina* (ESPN), 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 18: at Virginia Tech*, TBA

Nov. 24 (Fri.): Miami*, TBA

*ACC game                        

POV Roundtable Call-In Video; 9-27-17

POV Roundtable Call-In Video; 9-27-17

Anther great evening with the POV’ers – and some new blood joined in with TX Panther (Mike) and Altoona Josh (Josh) both long time readers and commenters… and now commentators.  As you may have figured- there wasn’t a lot of deviation between us when discussing the season so far.  However, there was some when it came to this weekend’s game.

Everyone but one felt there was pretty much  no way we’d lose this game; I’m the outlier there.  Something feels very ‘off’ about this season – TX Mike agrees with this also – so nothing would surprise me in 2017 for our team.

I don’t think we’ll lose.  But I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if we did.

Do not forget about the POV Tailgate on Saturday Morning – Red 5A lot and I’ll have more info up tomorrow, or later today.

 

POV Roundtable Call-In; PSU Game

POV Roundtable Call-In; PSU Game

Big week and a big game coming up for the Panthers in Quaalude Valley.  Lets take some time this evening and discuss it live with some other POV’ers.  As a reminder we slid the start time back to 9:00pm to accommodate those who have kids, etc…

We have a ton of things to discuss and the most notable issue is obviously the YSU (debacle) game.  Reading our previous comments on here I see a whole range of attitudes about our showing last Saturday and what we feel might happen this Saturday.  Oh, BTW, who won the closest score for YSU?

Right – me! 28-21 Pitt, although I did think it would be four TDs in regulation play.  And I’ll tell you why.  Because all those positions with “?” question marks beside them in our previous article on here pretty much turned out to be valid.  But this is what to expect with this young and/or inexperienced lineup.

Well, they are a week older and a week more experienced now aren’t they?  But will that make a difference against the more talented PSU squad?

We’ll do our formal predictions thread on Friday again so put your thinking caps on.  The Oddssharks.com site has PSU at just around a 20 point favorite, however, I just heard on the radio some other bookmakers had PSU at (-) 23.  Sorry to say that to this Pitt fan that sounds not all that far-fetched.

POV Roundtable Call-in
09:00 pm10:00 pm – Note new time
 
Meeting ID
303520973
 
Moderator Passcode
2615
 
By Phone:
408.740.7256  then 303520973#  (don’t forget the # sign)

Chris Peak of Rivals just posted up a great graphic showing a breakdown of the Pitt passing game against YSU.  Some real interesting info – and some we already knew (best info source on Pitt football).

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POV Round Table Call-In; August 16th 2017

POV Round Table Call-In; August 16th 2017

It is that day of the week again folks – get your computers and phones fired up…  I’ll be in the Roundtable meeting room at around 7:50 or so. if you log on and I’m not there don’t leave – I may just be out of the room for a minute.

POV Roundtable Call-in
 07:45 pm09:15 pm or so
 
Meeting ID
303520973
 
 
Meeting URL

https://bluejeans.com/303520973

Phone Call-In number is:

408-740-7256   then  770439# – (don’t forget the pound sign!!)

Here are some topics:

QB competition?

Tailgating

Predictions on the season and individual player’s production.

…and I’ll update those with other ideas as they come to me – I’m busy until this evening.

See you then and any new comers – please don’t hesitate to jump in  we need to get some new blood going in these shows.

Here are the QBs at Kennywood – courtesy of a POV commenter.  You can see that Pickett (far right) is no small kid coming out of HS – When I saw him in gym clothes at the Pitt Pro Workout Day back in March I was impressed with his overall size – arms and chest also.  Bigger than all the other scholarship QBs that way (they were all watching the Seniors workout for the NFL scouts in on the Southside). 

Pickett is listed at 6’2″ and 215 in the roster – even though all the recruiting sites had him bigger at 6’3″ and around 225.  He’s definitely a legit 6’3″ .

I’d say now that he has been at Pitt over the last 8 months with an S&C coach he’s probably at about 230.  Big strong armed kid.

L to R: Jake Zilinskas, Tom MacVittie, Max Browne, OC Watson, Ben DiNucci and Wilson Pickett

Here’s the Latest POV Roundtable…

Here’s the Latest POV Roundtable…

We went back to the regular Wednesday night Round Table show last night and Richman, Pitt-Cocks and I conducted a lengthy psychological assessment of Dr. Tom’s conversion to objectivity and deemed it appropiate as based on reality and honesty.

All kidding aside it is refreshing to me to carry on a call-in show with Tom under any circumstances of course and last night was no different.  Some topics we discussed:

Aston injury; suspensions, QB depth, most important game of the year, better or worse on offense and defense and anything else that popped in mind.

Enjoy!

Some other Pitt news – Mike Vukovcan wrote an optimistic piece about Ford’s  academic status then deleted it and put this in its place.

UPDATE (7:01 AM)

**Forget my previous post, I’m being told Paris Ford won’t be on the field today but the target for his much anticipated debut is next week. His grades are being submitted to the NCAA tomorrow.

Which means two things;   1) Whitehead isn’t cleared to play by the NCAA yet and with that three different high schools journey he made he might not end up being eligible and 2) the does NCAA takes some time, even a long time actually,  reviewing these submitted cases. Remember the NCAA has to look at every athlete in D1 and D2 in every sport who is submitting to the academic clearing house. From what I read they take the individual cases as date stamped and not by school urgency.

I still have a gut feeling he’ll miss part or all of the year. If it gets too long into the season for the NCAA to decide his status he’ll probably get a redshirt.

Here is a good “Five Takaways from PSN’s Alan Saunders…

Here are some tidbits from the Trib this morning…

Sorry guys but this cracks me up:

Increased swagger

Narduzzi sounds cautiously optimistic his secondary will be better.

“I like the swagger I see out of the secondary,” he said. “I don’t know what it is. Is it more confidence, more knowledge? Are they stronger, faster? Even if a ball goes over their head, I see them come back the next play and make another play. I see a swagger I didn’t see a year ago.”

Huh! Someone needs to tell the HC that it is his and his staff’s job to have gotten get those 2016 DB’s swagger going.  it sounds like he just stood back and watched them mail it in last season.

Last thing – here is a bit on the injuries…

Pitt fullback George Aston and cornerback Phillipie Motley — both atop the pre-camp depth chart at their positions — have not practiced and were on crutches this week.

Coach Pat Narduzzi offered little insight into the players’ injuries.

“It’s still being evaluated right now,” he said. “I’m not going to comment on something that’s not a fact yet. It’s way too early.

We fans have forgotten JR DB Phillipe Motley has been out of action also – he’s a returning starter at the CB position opposite Maddox – and another we can’t really afford to lose even for depth purposes should he not be the starter.

POV Roundtable Call-in Tonight; 7/19/17

POV Roundtable Call-in Tonight; 7/19/17

We’ll have our weekly Roundtable Discussion again this evening starting at 8:00 pm.  I’ll be in the meeting around 7:45 or so if you want to join in a bit early…

Here is how to get in via internet:

Meeting ID

303520973

 Meeting URL

https://bluejeans.com/303520973

Just want to dial in on your phone?

1) +1.408.740.7256   (United States)
2) Enter Meeting ID: 303520973
3) Press #
4) Enter Moderator Passcode: 2615#   (Remember the # sign at the end of the number)

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Possible Topics for tonight:

* Replacement starters on O and D? Discuss article choices

* Henderson’s 2017 role… What if he goes down early?

*QB2 battle? Do you believe there actually is a QB1 battle?

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2017/07/18/ben-dinucci-max-browne-pitt-qb-race-pat-narduzzi-acc-media-days/stories/201707180117

* Our record after three games?  Do the non-conference games matter?

* Which positions do we switch players if the season starters fail in the first three games?

* Discuss ACC Channel required infrastructure changes… Such as Pitt radio shows, radio booth, Pitt TV channel and new studio.

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2017/07/14/acc-network-media-days-pitt-ad-heather-lyke/stories/201707140178

*Pitt picked 4th in Coastal division.

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2017/07/17/acc-preseason-football-rankings-2017-pitt-football-miami-coastal-florida-state-seminoles/stories/201707170095

Pitt’s National Perception – good PSN article:

http://pittsburghsportsnow.com/2017/07/19/benz-overlooked-pitt-can-change-media-perception-one-big-season

Pre-Season Awards Lists:

Posted Headline Category
7/19/2017 O’Neill, Henderson Represent Pitt on All-ACC Preseason Team Football
7/19/2017 Pitt’s Max Browne Named to Unitas Golden Arm Watch List Football
7/18/2017 Weah, O’Neill Named Candidates for Biletnikoff, Wuerffel Honors Football
7/17/2017 Henderson, Whitehead Selected to Hornung Award Watch List Football
7/14/2017 Pitt Highlights at #ACCKickoff Football
7/14/2017 Jordan Whitehead Named to Jim Thorpe Award Watch List Football

 

Here’s Hoping for the Best…

Here’s Hoping for the Best…

This is the season which we all believe will start to show Narduzzi’s worth as a recruiter but there is something other than that being overlooked there – this is also the year we are going to see just how well Narduzzi’s position coaches and coordinators have done at teaching our young players they inherited to become full-time starters.

We fans tend to look back at recruit rankings and forget that they don’t mean squat unless there is a staff in place to take that raw talent and make it really work at the D1 & Power Five level.  This is especially true at the OL positions. 

Pitt’s history (and every other D1 program’s) is lettered with recruits that came onboard with high potential and great expectations only to become backups, bench warmers or kids that didn’t make it a full four year’s in the program. Some just didn’t have what it takes, some didn’t care to work hard and some may not have had good enough position coaches to teach them how to play at this level.

As far as Pitt 2017 playing time experience goes when you look at the two-deep on the chart below you’ll see that 15 of the starting 22 positions are still manned by Paul Chryst recruits, and I don’t care what this list says Wirginis will start the YSU game at MLB – how long he stays there is another question.  So we will see some of Narduzzi’s new recruits get playing time – mostly on defense where we need the most help.

HCPN’s position coaches have now had three years to work with those PC recruits to fit smoothly into his offensive and defensive philosophies and it will be interesting to see how well they will fair as full-time starters this season. Those now-starters would be MLB Wirginis, C Dintino, RT Jared Jones-Smith, DE Allen Edwards,  Money LB Ziese, S Briggs and CB Motley.

Pittsburgh Sports Now reported that Pitt has released the pre-Fall Camp depth chart. Hmmm, more like “These are the only viable players who can play this position” chart.  When you have only 10 of 22 starting positions returning there has to be a heavy dose of wishful think on fan’s (and the staff’s) parts to get back up to the level of play of the year before. We’ll see that writ large in trying to match the record breaking offense we had in 2016.

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