Ah, the pause. It’s Thursday and by now it is usually all about the game on Saturday. About the match-ups. What the teams thinks. The injuries.
Instead it is merely a review of what games are on for Saturday. The best viewing options at each step (Noon/12:30: Md-FSU, PSU-Ind, NC-VT with MSU-Iowa likely to reprise the UVa-Pitt game in terms of slogging; 3:30: GT-Miami, K-State-OSU; Third shift: ASU-ND, OSU-Northwestern, Ole Miss-Auburn, Wash-Stanford).
It gives Pitt a chance to rest and regroup. Not to mention coaches hitting the road for recruiting trips. Not to mention some more recognition for Tyler Boyd.
The rest is especially good for Tom Savage as he recovers from a mild concussion. A concussion not sustained on that helmet-to-helmet hit, but later in the game according to Coach Paul Chryst.
After the game Saturday, Chryst said he thought Savage got hurt on what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the third quarter. It turns out, the injury happened a little later than that.
Chryst said Wednesday that Savage’s concussion came when he took a sack on Pitt’s second-to-last drive of the game. He did not play again after that.
But Chryst also submitted the third-quarter hit to the Atlantic Coast Conference office for review.
On that play, Savage was going into a slide when he was hit by Virginia’s Daquan Romero, and Romero appeared to make contact with Savage’s helmet. No penalty was called on the play.
“Certainly I think there’s a great emphasis — and the right emphasis — at looking to make sure we keep the integrity of the game, also with a high importance and level of taking care of those playing,” Chryst said.
Naturally Chryst did not share what the ACC had to say about the hit.
Chryst said he spoke to the ACC office about the play and received a response, but he refused to discuss it with reporters.
Frankly, I’m not sure it was the last sack he took. It seems more like a cumulative effect from all of the hits he took in the game.
Chyrst is using the week to give not just Savage, but other seniors a little more of a break. Giving the younger players more time running with the first team. As for the O-line, I know this will shock everyone, but Chyrst is not overreacting. Instead just talking about cleaning things up and having the players learn from it.
Then there is Tyler Boyd. The sponsors of the Biletnikoff Award added him to the watchlist along with two other receivers. That brings the number of receivers on the watchlist up to 87. Which says something about how useful watchlists are. Odds are that Boyd will not win, especially since Devin Street is also on the list and would probably split some votes with Boyd. Still it’s a nice boost.
Over at CBSSports.com, Bruce Feldman includes Tyler Boyd in his list of top-10 freshmen at No. 4:
The Panthers have some impressive freshmen driving them this fall and Boyd is the top one of the bunch. The 6-2, 185-pounder leads the ACC and is sixth in the country in all-purpose yardage with an average of 175.2 per game. He averages 19 yards per catch and 14 yards on his seven carries.
James Conner was included with 28 others as “just missed the cut.”