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  • #46
    Did anyone see that poll in ESPN magazine? The players were polled and the they picked Greg Schiano as the coach they'd least like to play for in the conference. I was pretty floored about that considering I've never really heard one player say anything bad about Schiano. I wonder what players they were polling.
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    • #47
      Originally posted by Giantsfan1080 View Post
      Did anyone see that poll in ESPN magazine? The players were polled and the they picked Greg Schiano as the coach they'd least like to play for in the conference. I was pretty floored about that considering I've never really heard one player say anything bad about Schiano. I wonder what players they were polling.
      I wish players would sack up and go on record with that stuff. It'd be much cooler. However, it's still cool to read about it.

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      • #48
        Yeah I agree. I'm really shocked about it. What's the perspective of Schiano from non Rutgers fans?
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        • #49
          Can that poll hurt recruiting?

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Giantsfan1080 View Post
            Yeah I agree. I'm really shocked about it. What's the perspective of Schiano from non Rutgers fans?
            My only thought is that he's tough and is building an exceptional program.

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            • #51
              It will be interesting to see how Greg Romeus participates in the full week of practice prior to the Utah game. As of now, Romeus has only practiced in full pads once (a two-a-day) and has been held out of contact because of back stiffness and spasms.

              Hopefully it is just precautionary but that is yet to be seen.

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              • #52
                It's looking like Pitt will Redshirt all but 2 or 3 Freshmen this season.

                Pitt Football: Only one freshman on 2-deep

                Wednesday, August 25, 2010
                By Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


                Nearly all Pitt freshmen will redshirt this season to save a year's eligibility, but that does not mean there will not be a few who make an impact.

                "I would expect we will have two, maybe three freshmen play this year," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said.

                The biggest reason is that 20 of the Panthers' 22 projected starters are in at least their third season at Pitt, and one of the two who is not -- sophomore tailback Dion Lewis -- is a Heisman Trophy candidate who rushed for nearly 1,800 yards last season.

                The Panthers also have plenty of depth at many positions, which means there is little opportunity for a true freshman to get playing time.

                If the number is two -- and, as of now, only cornerback K'Wuan Williams seems like a definite contributor -- it would be the fewest for a Wannstedt-coached Pitt team. Generally speaking, about four freshmen have played each season for Wannstedt. Williams, who has come out of nowhere to become one of the Panthers' top corners, likely will have freshman company on the two-deep depth chart by the time the season gets rolling because injuries can change team needs.

                Williams was not recruited highly -- only Pitt offered him a scholarship -- because of his lack of height, but he has grown two inches since signing day and now stands 5 feet 10, a good height for a corner.

                Beyond that, he was one of the most consistent players at preseason camp, regardless of class. He also has earned a spot on all special teams and might, in a pinch, return kicks.

                "He'll be like a fourth or fifth corner," said Wannstedt, who also said two other possibilities to play are defensive tackle Aaron Donald and defensive end T.J. Clemmings.

                While both seem ready to play, they line up at positions that are deeply stocked by veterans.

                That means coaches would have to commit to using them enough to justify burning their redshirts, and that can be tricky.

                Of the two, what to do with Donald, a Penn Hills High School graduate, shapes up as a tougher decision.

                He has been dominant throughout preseason practices in nearly every situation against nearly anybody who lined up against him.

                But Wannstedt is hesitant to commit to Donald because the Panthers have three veteran defensive tackles ready to play and a couple others who have played well enough to show they can be productive.

                "Donald is a possibility, Clemmings is a possibility," Wannstedt said. "[Donald] is a playmaker, he is kind of a mini-Mick [Williams, who starred at defensive tackle last season]. We'll see, but [once a freshman plays] there is no turning back. You don't want to waste a year because, once you play a kid, now you are trying to force him into the lineup.

                "That decision [on Donald] has not been made yet; he's getting reps, he is getting prepared to play, we'll see how it plays out."

                One freshman who seemed to be a candidate to play this year before training camp is receiver Todd Thomas, but he has not progressed as fast as coaches had hoped and also plays a well-manned position.

                Wannstedt said Thomas, from Beaver Falls, is not likely to play this year, but, as he has told all freshmen, he needs to be ready because that could change at any time.

                "I don't think so because of the depth at receiver, and [he has] a little more learning [to do]," Wannstedt said. "But I've told our players -- so much they are probably sick of hearing me say this -- but I remember the story of Steve Slaton, [during his freshman year at West Virginia].

                "He was the fourth-team running back in training camp and, by the end of the season, he was a Heisman Trophy candidate for the next year.

                "Things do happen and things change."

                One other freshman who seemed likely to play this year is defensive end Bryan Murphy, but he has a broken foot and is expected to be redshirted.
                http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10237/1082404-233.stm

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by 703SKINS202 View Post
                  Kwilk did you see IMAC is going to be wearing #5? I kind of wish they retired his number since he was probably the greatest WVU player ever but I think it would be cool if they kinda made that the famous number for special players now. Hopefully he can do the number proud like Pat did.
                  I'm fine with Ivan wearing #5, though I'm not a huge fan of teams retiring numbers in general so that might be why. I prefer the Ring of Honor idea better, where those numbers are still available but the player is still honored in some way.

                  It goes without saying, but I'm really looking forward to this season and what this team can accomplish. WVU is returning a lot of quality players, and I think Geno has the make-up of a good quarterback. This is probably the most excited I've been in quite a while about the receivers.

                  Defensively, I can't wait to see Sands flying around making plays in the secondary and JT causing havoc up front. I feel pretty good about the defensive line, but I feel like every year the pass rush is kind of inconsistent. Hopefully Scooter and Julian Miller are ready for a big year.

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                    • #55
                      Rutgers opener tomorrow night!!!!! Can't wait to get home from work and go straight there.
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                      • #56
                        So Pitt isn't going anywhere without a QB.

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                        • #57
                          If Tino Sunseri doesn't get it together soon, the Big East is wide open.

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                          • #58
                            Well that's why I was questioning Pitt. Everyone handed them the Big East without a QB.
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                            • #59
                              Sunseri is taking WAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much blame. Sure, he was far from incredible but to have a LEGIT chance at victory at Utah on opening night isn't anything to frown at.

                              My biggest complaint, besides the obvious discipline mistakes, was what I call the "Stache Factor". Pitt didn't throw the ball on 1st down until the final 7+ minutes of the game. The play-calling was PAINFULLY predictable and Utah was able to stack the box against a new interior. The offense really started to move the ball once Frank Cignetti was allowed to open it up.

                              It's terribly unfortunate that Sunseri's final pass determined the outcome but I was quite satisfied with what I had seen from him (when given the opportunity) up to that point.

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                              • #60
                                Overall, I was rather pleased with what West Virginia did today. I'll have to go back and rewatch the game, as I was watching from the end zone and didn't have a great view of things. Defense was pretty good; Hogan and Sands stood out. Would like to see more of a pass rush. Offense was hot and cold. I think the OL has some work to do. Geno looked solid for his first start, Devine was Devine but needs to protect the ball a bit better. Hopefully we see a bit more downfield passing as the season progresses. That strike to Will Johnson was a thing of beauty, but I'm not sure I remember another big throw through the air.

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