The big question today is the health of a few members of Pitt’s defense for this Saturday. The two injuries to linebacker Elijah Zeise and defense end Dewayne Hendrix. Both left the opener in the 1st half and both were seen later wearing walking boots. Head coach Pat Narduzzi will give an update on those two plus other issues this afternoon at his weekly press conference.
UPDATE (6:11 AM)-
** I’ve confirmed 2 more big name recruits that will be at Heinz Field this Saturday, 2017 4-star quarterback Kevin Doyle and 2018 4-star wide receiver Shaquon Anderson-Butts.
UPDATE (11:49 AM)-
** Think Pat Narduzzi and his staff want his players to be focused on Penn State? Look what’s hanging in the football facility.
UPDATE (2:08 PM)-
Let me start by saying I really like Pat Narduzzi and feel he’s the perfect coach for Pitt. That being said, that doesn’t mean I have to agree with every decision that he makes. Case in point, today’s decision to ban the media from practice this week. He’s in charge of the program and ultimately what he says goes. But here are four reasons why I think banning his players from talking isn’t the way to go.
- By keeping players quiet you send a message that this game is bigger than every others and make your players unnecessarily tight.
- You also send a message you don’t trust your players – even your senior captains – to say or do the right things.
- Talking to the media for five minutes after practice is not a distraction nor does it cut into film time.
- This plays into the idea that it is a much bigger game for Pitt than it is for Penn State.
UPDATE (7:56 PM)-
** The Pitt coaches haven’t offered a scholarship in awhile but they did so tonight and it was to a really talented player. 2018 WR Xavier Williams (6-0, 180) from Hollywood, Florida received an offer from the Panthers. This isn’t a surprise considering that Williams is rated as one of the Top 100 players in the Class of 2018. Williams holds offers from every major school in the country, such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida St, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU and Georgia.