Steel City O-Line

I’ll be working my way through the position groups over the next few weeks.  It’s the kind of offseason activity that every Pitt outlet does, and one that nobody has done for a while, so hey, why not.  I did wide receivers last weekend (the Jared Wayne article) , and I saw this video on Twitter recently, so I figured I’d do the offensive line today.

So first of all, two points to Pat Narduzzi for this little confidence builder.  While the ‘Duz’s game day coaching may sometimes be questionable, he overindexes in the motivation department, and to be a good motivator you’ve got to get your guys believing they are better than they are.  This video helps to do that. Continue reading “Steel City O-Line”

Pitt lands Four on NFL All-2010’s team

Pitt lands Four on NFL All-2010’s team

As you’ve probably seen, Pitt has had four alumni (well… former players.  Not all of them graduated.) placed on the 2010’s All Decade Team.  Two of them played under Walt Harris (Revis and Fitzgerald) and two under Dave Wannstedt (Donald and McCoy – Yes, technically Donald played under three different coaches but I’m giving Wanny all the credit here, Revis also played under Wanny but was recruited by Harris so Harris gets the credit.)  While this is all well and good, it begs the question if we will see any of Pat Narduzzi’s players make the all 2020’s (or beyond) team?

So far the answer is probably not.

Here is the list of Pat Narduzzi players drafted (and I’m being generous and including players that were recruited by Paul Chyrst).  While there are some fine players on this list, I don’t think any of them stacks up to the likes of the four listed above.  Perhaps Narduzzi’s best chance is converted Tight End Brian O’Neill (not recruited by Narduzzi, but in fairness it was the ‘Duz who converted him to a Tackle.  Yep this is kind of inconsistent with what I’m doing above, but since ‘Duz put him at tackle it’s a bit of a unique situation.  Perhaps I’m being too generous.)  While O’Neill is only in his second year, his NFL pass protection is pretty good.  Per Wikipedia: Continue reading “Pitt lands Four on NFL All-2010’s team”

Why Jared Wayne (and Where the H*** are All the Other Receivers)?

Why Jared Wayne (and Where the H*** are All the Other Receivers)?

A weird thing happened three-quarters of the way through the 2019 Pitt football season.  A true-freshman Wide Receiver started catching passes.  It was weird at first because nobody had ever heard of him.  “Who’s number 82?” I remember asking myself at the Duke game when he made his first grab, “dude looks pretty big”.  I got even weirder as the season went on because Wayne was actually good at it.  Wayne caught 13 balls for 214 yards and a touchdown over the final three games of the season (Virginia Tech, Boston College and Eastern Michigan).  Extrapolated over a 13 game season (12 + a bowl) that’s 56 for 927 and 4 TD’s.  Them’s 3rd team (maybe even second team if he played for the Tarheels) all-ACC numbers people.)

Of course if you extrapolated every true-freshman contributors top four games over an entire season then Pitt would have won ten games four years ago.  Or something like that.  Continue reading “Why Jared Wayne (and Where the H*** are All the Other Receivers)?”

Where to put The Stadium?

Where to put The Stadium?

So if you haven’t heard, Pitt is moving forward with an on-campus stadium.  They’ll be using the money from the COVID-19 vaccine they just developed, and which should be just hitting the market in a year.

If only that was true.  The on campus-stadium part I mean.  Yes, this piece is basically a two-day late April fools joke.  Sorry and haha.  Of course we should all be proud of the vaccine, and we should all hope it’s successful.

But back to that On Campus Stadium.  Since I brought it up, we might as well talk about it it.  You know, the cozy little 45,000 seat stadium with lots of character that’s walkable from campus and that Pitt will fill to 90%+ capacity each and every week.   Yea that one.  Lets just say that after they do the feasibility study Gallagher says “Alright lets raid the General Fund and make this happen!”   He sweet talks the BOT and all the sudden Heather is announcing another press conference.  To be clear, none of this is going to happen, but lets just say it does.

The big question is where do you put the damn thing?  Well don’t you worry, because I’ve scouted out four prime locations and provided all the information you need.  Feel free to rip it all to shreds.  Continue reading “Where to put The Stadium?”

Out of Conference Scheduling: A By-Conference Look

by Richard Hefner

Here are the charts that were left out in my earlier article – a ten year look by team at their schedule. I am providing all 5 conferences & not just the ACC & Big 10.

Just remember in the Big 10, Big 12 & Pac 12 an average individual team would need to schedule 10 P5, 10 G5 & 10 FCS teams over ten years. The ACC & SEC are the same but must make a choice between the remaining 10 games. Do they schedule hard & add all P5 or soft & Schedule an additional 10 G5 games? Or some combination?

It is hard from a summary to know who is scheduling hard. But IMO, if a team has 14 or more P5 games currently scheduled, they are scheduling “hard”. Here are the summaries: Continue reading “Out of Conference Scheduling: A By-Conference Look”

Out of Conference Scheduling: Just How do They do It?

Out of Conference Scheduling:  Just How do They do It?

Editor’s Note:  Richard Hefner (Pitt-Cocks Fan) has come through again.  While I thought I would have nothing but time on this quarantine, it has been the exact opposite.  I am busier than ever.  Perhaps it’s because my company (and my customer) is scrambling to figure out what the 19 $ impact will be.  (Let me tell you, it’s not going to be good).  Perhaps it’s because we are all still trying to figure out how to be efficient working from home.  Perhaps it’s just because I am really, really enjoying the extra time with my family (even if it’s just 20 mins for breakfast and 30 mins for lunch).  What I can say is that I haven’t consumed this much alcohol on a weekly basis since I was an undergrad, and that Richard’s articles are just what the doctor ordered, ’cause I sure as hell don’t have time to write any.  Hail to Pitt.

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2020 Power Five Recruiting (and Pitt)

2020 Power Five Recruiting (and Pitt)

Editor’s Note:  This article was penned by our own Richard Hefner (Pitt-Cocks Fan), who you may remember also contributed the data for our weekly “QB Corner” piece during the season.  Recruiting is always a relevant topic when it comes to college football, and right now it’s a welcome distraction from the world around us.  I personally believe the Pitt’s recruiting has been adequate to keep us at the current win level (7-8 wins), and I also believe that generally this staff does a good job of coaching up low star recruits, especially on the defensive line.   Of course offensive line recruiting continues to be a concern, although it’s becoming clear that Borbely is a step up from Peterson, both in recruiting and development.  The problem is that he just doesn’t reel in enough guys, and the jury is still out on how well he can teach pass blocking.  Offensive skill position recruiting has been a concern as well.  For example, Pitt currently has two four-star upperclassmen running backs on its roster.  Neither looks like the four star backs that the Pitt faithful is used to seeing…or even the three star backs for that matter.   On the brigher side, the addition of Chris Beatty at WR coach has already paid dividends at the Wide Receiver position…if you believe the spring hype.  And well, you’d like to think Whipple will be able to reel in some upgraded QB talent.  Transfer Joey Yellen is a start, but I’d like to see him actually recruit a kid out of high school.   With all that all being said, lets take a look at how Pitt stacks up against the rest of the Power 5. 

– Michaelangelo

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