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Pitt's Todd Graham Backs Tino Sunseri

Pitt coach Todd Graham has waffled in choosing between starting quarterback Tino Sunseri and backup Trey Anderson in the Panthers' last couple of games, but costly interceptions from Anderson have caused him to rethink his strategy of deploying both moving forward as Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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"We have obviously had inconsistent play at that position and that has caused me to make some decisions I wouldn't normally make," Graham said. "Tino, by far and away, has the biggest grasp of what we are doing offensively and we've got to get it out of him. Switching the quarterbacks has caused more distraction than it has positive.

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"The idea was to get a spark and I think Trey has a great future, but he just got here in August and his knowledge and understanding is just not at a point where he can play every down. I think that has been a distraction, so our focus is, 'Let's get it out of Tino,' because switching quarterbacks really hurt us in our last game."

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The Panthers are off this weekend before resuming Big East play next Wednesday against Connecticut at Heinz Field. The guess here is Graham wants Sunseri to get as many reps with the first string as he can to ensure he's as prepared as possible for what will be a crucial game to Pitt's BCS hopes. Already with one conference loss, Graham and Co. can't afford to take another defeat so early in league play, or a major bowl game will probably slip from their reach.

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Graham is obviously hoping consistency at quarterback will help deliver a victory. We'll see if it pays off.

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