2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby ulf on Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:51 pm

Well if his reason was basically being afraid of competition, whatev.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Dickie Dunn on Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:12 pm

Pitt lost three running backs to transfer before the season and the potential is there for Crockett to transfer out before next season. What was the coaching staff supposed to do? Ignore the needs of the position, only recruit McKenzie, and keep their fingers crossed that he committed to them?
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Cosmo_kramer on Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:14 pm

I am excited to see the progression of the offense next season. Yes, we bring in a new QB and there are questions at RB and WR, but the young OL will have another year of experience. The offensive line received a lot of flack this year (again) for their inconsistent play, but both tackles were playing their first season in that position at Pitt. That is the area of the line that struggled the most, and their inexperience showed. We also have some strong talent and potential at all the other positions. I'm especially excited to see what the young recruit James can bring to the running game.

Unfortunately, I cannot say that I'm excited about the defense next year. It concerns me the number of core players that will be gone: Hendricks, Donald, and Williams. The defensive line outside of Donald was close to invisible, and next year's secondary will be led by Pitts, who struggled mightily in House's zone scheme. I really do hope the missed assignments by the secondary were (as House said) caused by the players not grasping the scheme and trying to do too much, but I have my doubts.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Dickie Dunn on Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:51 am

Pitt's strength and conditioning coach re-signed, causing much rejoicing from a former Pitt player (related to a former Penguins player) who has been nothing but a proud Pitt supporter since the day he joined the program.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Stoosh on Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:33 am

Thoughts, thoughts and thoughts, dudes...

1. Losing McKenzie to VT doesn't sting quite as badly as losing Nicholson and Henry. Pitt has at least some decent depth at that position with Bennett, Conner and Ibrahim. Crockett is still in the mix as well, though I wouldn't be surprised if he transferred out. If he does - or hell, even if he doesn't - I wouldn't be surprised to see James factor in at some point as he may be too good to keep off the field.

2. I hated to see Nicholson go because he could have likely stepped in as early as 2014 and made an impact. That said, he's the one prospect they were chasing whose name has most often been attached to the word "overrated". Maybe that's the Gateway stigma, or maybe it's not really the case. That said, I'll be interested to see how he does at Michigan State. They're a fun team to watch on defense.

3. The one that stings the most is Henry. This certainly doesn't break the Aliquippa pipeline for Pitt (suffice it to say, Pitt will always at least be an option for their kids because there is a high value placed by the community and the program on their kids staying home to play). But a lot of the reports that emerged about the way his recruitment was handled left me wondering a little. There were reports that Pitt went a month between contact calls with him...that he called the Pitt football offices and his calls were left un-returned. It wasn't reportedly addressed until after the reports became public. If those are true, that's inexplicable.

Then there were the comments his mother made. Accurate or not (which players did they speak to? Active? Former? Anyone with an ax to grind?), it allowed for the perception to emerge that there is some sort of discord between players and DC House. For those who have already been critical of Chryst and his performance to date, those comments have been like giving a pyro a couple of cans of gasoline and a bonfire.

4. Cheesesteakwithegg's comments about potential attrition on the defensive side of the ball will probably be the most telling evidence of any potential disconnect between coaches and players. Losing veterans would be one thing, but losing younger players like Bam Bradley would be something different. I wasn't a fan of House's promotion and the defense was a mixed bag. Some players regressed - Pitts, in particular (maybe because of the scheme?), but others - Gonzalez, Vinopal, Murphy, the younger DBs - got better as the season went on. If the younger players start going (Bradley, the Clairton kids on defense, etc), that's when I would worry.

5. I want to see how the rest of this class shakes out. They still have the potential to make a good amount of noise and bring in some decent kids.

They're still very much in the running for WR's Jamil Kamara and Adonis Jennings. Kamara is a National Top 150 player according to 247sports.com, will be playing in the US Army All-American game and is down to Pitt, Wisconsin and Virginia. They also lead for Adonis Jennings (6'3", 190) over offers from Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas and Clemson. Either of those two would be huge.

They two on defense that have most caught my eye are Canton-McKinley LB Jamal Davis and Florida safety Marquese Dudley-Gordon (6'1", 190 lbs). He's a top 150 player in Florida with offers from Arkansas, Cincy, Michigan State, Louisville, Wisconsin and Wake Forest.

6. One thing I like to see recruiting-wise is the regional footprint. According to 247sports, Pitt has had extensive contact with 155 different prospects. 60 of them are from PA and 21 from Ohio. But they've also begun to focus on the Atlantic coast (VA - 6, MD - 8, DE - 3, DC - 1, NJ - 6, NC - 4) and SEC country (FL - 12, GA - 6, SC - 1) as well. Hitting those ACC & SEC overlap regions will be huge for this program going forward. I'd like to see even more focus there in upcoming classes.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Dickie Dunn on Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:31 am

Few things in life make me happier than a Stoosh Pitt post.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:53 am

Dickie Dunn wrote:Few things in life make me happier than a Stoosh Pitt post.

:thumb:

And I'm not even a Pitt fan. :D
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby FreeCandy44 on Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:34 pm

Dickie Dunn wrote:Few things in life make me happier than a Stoosh Pitt post.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:52 pm

the best part about stoosh posts is that they appear out nowhere. hes like batman.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby newarenanow on Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:38 am

KennyTheKangaroo wrote:the best part about stoosh posts is that they appear out nowhere. hes like batman.


:thumb:
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby pfim on Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:48 pm

I think Chryst's recruiting would be much better if the team was 10-2 instead of 6-6.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Rocco on Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:52 pm

Curious definition of offsides today at Manchester City.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby canaan on Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:53 pm

Curious usage of the Pitt football thread
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby columbia on Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:53 pm

Ok
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Rocco on Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:35 pm

Whoops, clicked on the wrong thread. My bad.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Dickie Dunn on Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:12 pm

Rotheram and Murphy out for personal reasons (?), Crockett apparently transferring, King, Biz, Weatherspoon, and Street out with injuries. Pitt is mediocre enough without missing half the team.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby columbia on Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:18 pm

The sideline reporter might be the best looking thing about this game.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Dickie Dunn on Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:58 pm

columbia wrote:The sideline reporter might be the best looking thing about this game.


Larry Richert?
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby kovyfalcon27 on Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:03 pm

Tyler Boyd. Wow, that kid is good!
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby FreeCandy44 on Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:28 pm

He is very exciting to watch and could rank up there with Larry Fitz and Antonio Bryant soon.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:49 pm

Turned it on just in time for that kick. Maybe ill go ahead and stop watching.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby columbia on Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:49 pm

Yoi
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby FreeCandy44 on Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:06 pm

Pitt is trying very hard to lose this bowl.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby Rocco on Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:19 pm

James Conner is having himself a decent game.
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Re: 2013-14 Pitt Football Thread

Postby viva la ben on Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:19 pm

4th and 40, right where they want them
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