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Paul Chryst Names Tino Sunseri Pitt's Starting Quarterback

Pitt's quarterback competition is over...for now.

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New coach Paul Chryst told ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson on Tuesday that the much-maligned Tino Sunseri will start the season behind center, beating out Mark Myers and Trey Anderson for the job.

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Chryst said Tuesday during the ACC spring meetings, "He was the best quarterback we had out of spring. That's why he's the starter."

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"The biggest thing for quarterbacking is being able to do it and doing it on a consistent level," Chryst said. "That’s your normal progression. He clearly was the best this spring that we had. You’re aware of the history but it doesn’t really matter for us.

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Sunseri earned the scorn of Panthers fans with his inconsistent play last season, when he threw for 2,616 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions under former coach Todd Graham's "high octane" system. His performance against West Virginia, in which he was 12-23 for 137 yards and one interception, really brought his opposition to a head in the fan base.

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It looks like Chryst was impressed with what he saw in spring practice, however, and appears willing to see what Sunseri can do in a new offensive system before benching him.

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