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April 10, 2007

Shane Murray as the weakside linebacker for a Dave Wannstedt defense does make sense. He wants speed and athleticism there, and doesn’t mind if he’s undersized for the position.

“I knew Shane was a tough guy, or we wouldn’t have moved him,” Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. “You don’t have to be the biggest guy or the strongest guy to play in this scheme, if you’re smart and you can run.”

Murray played QB in high school and was initially moved to safety. Linebacker, though, was something he was taught by his dad when he was younger. It seems he still has the knowledge with the footwork and leverage. That’s promising. Murray would be the type of player that Rutgers Greg Schiano would stick at linebacker for speed.

As soon as the end of the Blue-Gold game this Saturday, you can expect the coaches to hit the recruiting trail. That, of course, includes Coach Wannstedt who also doubles it up with the rubber chicken circuit. This year, that includes going into Ohio for Wannstedt.

He will be the featured speaker for the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. It will be May 8 in the Cleveland suburb of Westlake. That’s going to have an odd feel for it. Wannstedt will be the featured speaker at an event in the Cleveland area where Bernie Kosar and Jim Tressel will be in attendance. Strange billing.

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