March 25, 2007

Well, the Offense Looks Good

Filed under: Football,Practice — Chas @ 4:05 pm

Let’s see, looks like the defense needs to work a lot harder. O-line Coach Greg Gattuso has been complaining about little injuries that keep the full starting O-line from playing together so far in practices. They didn’t seem to be having much problem with the Pitt defense — even with the QBs being “live.”

Junior Bill Stull completed 14 of 16 passes for 130 yards and was sacked twice. Redshirt freshman Kevan Smith completed 16 of 18 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Smith’s touchdown passes were to Strong and Pestano. Smith was intercepted by linebacker Shane Murray.

Add in that Kevin Collier had 65 yards on 11 carries — along with 2 TDs at the goal line.

Among the other standouts were tailback Kevin Collier, tight end Darrell Strong and cornerback Aaron Berry.

“It is very early,” Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. “I think it comes down to opportunity and today, Kevin Collier, for example, got more opportunities than the other backs and he stepped up and made the most of it.”

Both Collier and Strong need big springs (and even bigger falls) to have their shots. Strong will get pushed hard by Byham for the starting TE spot and Collier is trying to at least keep in the starting mix with LaRod Stephens-Howling and come the fall LeSean McCoy.

Still, it’s hard not to take note of how easily the offense was able to carve up the defense. Usually, the conventional wisdom is that the defense will be ahead of the offense in early practices. Simply because the offense is trying to find a rhythm and consistency. Especially without an incumbent QB. Yes, it helps to have solid receivers who are established and returning, but they don’t seem to be having too many issues with Stull and Smith.

Well, we all knew the defense was going to remain an ongoing issue. So I shouldn’t even pretend to be surprised.

Our QBs only went 30/34 and the RBs only got 6 ypc against OUR defense? Either the offense is having trouble or the defense has greatly improved!

Comment by Jon C 03.25.07 @ 7:13 pm


Jeez Dokish really killed his blog.

Comment by Bill 03.26.07 @ 2:57 am

Throw out everything that happens in Spring scrimmages – its all meaningless until the fall.

Comment by Reed 03.26.07 @ 5:14 am

[…] Keep in mind that the first scrimmage the Collier was able to go 65 yards on 11 carries and the QBs were live but able to go 30-34. Even the O-line has to discount their performance against the Pitt defense. […]

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