Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring Camp Day 1

Spring camp is finally here and what does that mean? It's time for another fake quarterback competition. Sure the coaches will say the right things and the two competitors will share reps, but we all know where this is going. I'd like to just settle the rumors right now and state that Tino will be your starting qb this fall. Sure we know that Wanny loves experience, but this time it comes down to a kid from Pittsburgh vs a kid from Eastern PA, a kid who has a father with ties to Wannstedt vs a kid who has a dad who simply roots for Pitt, but never played or coached here or with Wanny.

Sure that's not the best way to start off a spring camp article, but we all know where this battle is going. I just don't see the need to really worry about it too much as we can read Wanny like a book here. If you don't believe me, well just think about this. Today is the 1st day and even though they were in helmets and shorts, Tino took every single first team rep.

Anyway, on to some real news from spring camp.

I know Jones and I were concerned about the 1vacancies in the offensive line created by the graduation of Robb Houser, Joe Thomas and John Malecki. Well today your offensive line consisted of Pinkston, Jacobsen, Karabin, Gaskins, and Lucas Nix. The guy who should be most happy about this is Greg Gaskins. Starting off as the starting left guard plus having the ability to serve as center will pretty much assure him a nice amount of playing time this year. It is concerning though that after spending some time at center, he wasn't able to secure up the spot. Instead we now have a battle for the center spot.

If you missed the news, Jack Lippert was moved from defensive line to center. I wasn't thrilled about this at first as I felt that Lippert had plenty to offer on the defensive side of the ball. After thinking about it for a while it started to make a little more sense. Throughout his coaching days in the college ranks, Jimmie Johnson and Dave Wannstedt have had a history of moving Dlinemen to the offensive side of the ball, this move is no different. The one area we can afford to move talent is on the D-Line since we have plenty of talent and depth to go around. This is one race where I have no idea where it is heading. With Gaskins in the mix for center I could see him winning the job in part because the staff really likes Turnley at guard. This race, in my opinion, will be the biggest and most interesting race throughout camp.

My next question this camp is what did Buddy Jackson do to Wannstedt that is preventing him from playing? Even as a freshman he had plenty of chances to prove himself, but never found his way into the games. He was a victim of injuries and other bad luck (broken jaw). This year with the departure of Berry and Chappel, Jackson had a chance to make some noise. Today though Reed and junior college transfer Saheed Imoru were your two starting corners. Maybe it's just me, but I just don't see how a guy with 3 months at Pitt is playing over a guy with 3 years in the system. Even if he beats him out eventually, let Jackson earn his keep.

With today a pad-free day we weren't able to get all of the answers were were looking for, but for now part of the picture was revealed.

As practices continue and information becomes available, we'll be sure to get it out to you.

12 comments:

rkohberger said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Bostick takes all the first team snaps this morning - DW said the QBs would rotate doing that.

Although I think you are correct that Sunseri has the edge going in.

James said...

But my question is, is Sunseri really the the better of the two players or is he the recipient of the Wanny connection?

All I want is the best players to take the field and perform.

Sometimes you infer Wanny plays favorites, both on hiring coaches and with upperclassmen and/or players with a history with Pitt or some sort of prior Wanny history/connection.

Does Wanny subscribe to the "old boys network", can you elaborate or am I totally offbase regarding the conclusions I draw?

DPJ said...

Day 2 of practice, Sunseri takes 100% of all snaps

DPJ said...

And yes, Wanny is the king of the good ol' boy network.

rkohberger said...

Yeah - I read Zeise after the 1st practice and thought they would be rotating as he wrote they would. It sure appears that Sunseri is DW's guy at this point.

rkohberger said...

BTW - that wasn't 100% of all snaps - that was the all the first string snaps.

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John said...

Dave with all respect, you honestly could not have been that surprised that Pitt lost. It is not like that Pitt was a team that underachieved this year. If anything, they overachieved! Even this summer when I spoke to you, you were resigned to say that this year would suck hoops wise and there would be no tourny appearance. Try and get some sleep and wait till 2012, that will be our year!

John said...

2 things. What is with all the weird chinese characters that appear every so often.

Any word on the QBs today?

rkohberger said...

John - Some info after Tuesday’s practice - first day in pads...

Sunseri still takes first string snaps (three days in a row) but shows poor decision making in this practice. Sunseri has four INTs yesterday, Bostick zero; that makes it 5-1 for INTs so far in camp.

Lewis and Graham rip off good rushing yardage with Graham breaking two big runs.

rkohberger said...

Hmmm - someone on another website has stated that so far in three practices Sunseri has thrown eight INTs to Bostick's one. Since there was little to no coverage of the second practice in the media I don't know if that's true or not - but if so it isn't a good sign.

DPJ said...

What do you mean not a good sign? Tino is the golden boy from Central. Plus, his dad knows Wannstedt.