PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 22: The new University of Pittsburgh head football coach, Paul Chryst, talks to reporters during a press conference on December 22, 2011 at the University of Pittsburgh Panthers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Pitt's football training camp gets underway in August.
The summer for the Pitt football program had been relatively quiet. That all changed on Friday afternoon when the team sent out a press release with a few pieces of important news.
The 'biggie' is that backup quarterback Mark Myers is planning to transfer from the program. Myers, a once highly-touted quarterback recruit, struggled in his brief time at Pitt. He redshirted in his first season and last year failed to get much time on the field. As a redshirt freshman, that's typically not alarming. However, with the many quarterback struggles, the fact that Myers was unable to get a strong look during the regular season definitely raised a few eyebrows.
Myers' transfer isn't all that surprising, given the circumstances. He was passed up on the depth chart by Trey Anderson last season, a true freshman with no significant offers until he was invited to Pitt late in the summer. Anderson earned a scholarship and, although he wasn't spectacular last season, he was still apparently better than Myers who saw little action in the regular season.
He will, according to the linked Tribune-Review article, attempt to catch on with a Division III program.
The other news is that offensive lineman, Juantez Hollins, has been suspended for all of 2012 due to a violation of team policy. Myers' story is probably the bigger one, but the loss of Hollins has a far bigger impact on the team. Pitt's offensive line is already extremely thin and without Hollins, the line gets even thinner. He appeared to have the inside track to a starting spot on the line and now, Pitt's left scrambling a bit just before camp starts.
The suspension is particularly tough to take because head coach Paul Chryst needs a strong line for his vaunted rushing attack, which is expected to be the focal point of the offense.
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