Pitt’s players, of course, are still getting used to the new coaches and offense/defense in Spring ball. I’m sure progress is being made, but it still sounds as if it’s going to take quite a bit of work to get used to things:
“The tempo is completely different,” Caragein said. “We are non-stop.”
Alecxih, who had 7 1/2 sacks as a junior last season, said the biggest change is the demeanor of the coaching staff.
“Right now, when you are first getting used to it, it’s hard,” he said. “Six coaches screaming, but the key is sprinting out there, you have to get set and see who is signaling the call (at the same time).”
The biggest thing to remember is that Pitt isn’t in pads yet, so it’s just going to get tougher from here…as head coach Todd Graham points out:
“You are always encouraged in shorts,” he said. “Now, let’s put the pads on see how we do.”
Pitt was scheduled to go in pads on Saturday so we’ll see how that went.
An encouraging sign is that it also looks like Aaron Donald is practicing with the first team defense. Donald impressed coaches last year and it’d be nice to see him jump into a starting role.