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Pitt Football: Much Of Offense A Question Mark

Cardiac Hill previews Pitt football's offense for the coming season. As you might expect, given that the Panthers went 6-7 last year, have problems at quarterback, and have a new head coach (Paul Chryst), "uncertainty" is the key word here. Running back (depending on Ray Graham's status) and tight end appear to be strengths, but quarterback, wide receiver and the offensive line are all areas of concern. Here's Cardiac Hill on Tino Sunseri and the quarterback situation:

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The fact that Pitt could use the most improvement at quarterback goes without saying. After a solid 2010 (16 TDs, 9 INTs, 2,572 yards), Sunseri took a big step back last year (10 TDs, 11 INTs, 2,616 yards). Even worse than the TD/INT ratio of under 1:1, Sunseri looked wildly confused through much of the season in Todd Graham's new offense. The good news is that he'll be on more familiar footing in Chryst's pro-style offense and things should be a bit simpler. Still, that won't guarantee success. He'll need to release the ball quicker and take far fewer sacks than last year.

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Helping Sunseri be more comfortable in the offense will need to be a top priority for Chryst. Sunseri didn't even play particularly well last year against lower-profile Buffalo and Maine teams. Of course, with the offensive line also in flux, comfort might be difficult for Sunseri to come by.

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