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Pitt Football Spring Practice: News And Notes

Several days into camp and there have been some pretty interesting developments:

For starters, 2010 four-star recruit Todd Thomas is playing defense. That’s a change from the Wannstedt regime, which had him pegged to play at wide receiver. I think that’s a good spot for him and should help the pass defense, which has already lost Dom DeCicco to graduation.

Speaking of the wide receivers, it sounds as if they’re still in conditioning mode:

Mike Shanahan and Devin Street both looked good today but the to.
conditioning for those receivers is very different and is going to take some getting used to.

There have also been a lot of turnovers, but it seems the talk has been more so about the good defense and less about the offensive mistakes:

“We have had about 28 turnovers (during spring camp). We reward our players and you get what you emphasize such as goals on defense. We want to out‐physical our opponents and that means stopping runs, tackling, sacks, and interceptions. We need to make explosive plays and that means sacks, TFLs and interceptions. Those three things are what win football games. We emphasize take aways, which will be the key to our success this fall.

Kolby Gray, who was moved from safety to quarterback by Todd Graham, is apparently moving back to safety. And it still sounds to me as if Tino Sunseri still has the edge for the starting quarterback spot over Mark Myers and Anthony Gonzalez.

For more on Pitt’s Spring practices, visit SB Nation Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.