PITTSBURGH — The Pitt Panthers returned to the practice field on Tuesday as they attempt to rebound from their first conference loss of the season last Saturday at Georgia Tech.
Despite the loss, the Panthers still broke down their pre-practice huddle with a chant of “ACC champs,” signifying that they still believe their ultimate goal remains attainable despite a 1-3 start.
“One (ACC) loss, I’m not worried about one loss,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said on Monday. “I’m worried about one win each week. We didn’t help ourselves Saturday with execution and whatever. We’re just focused on the next game to get to 2-3 and then head into the ACC again. But not worried about one loss or two losses. I think our guys know it could be that the Coastal champion could have two losses. You just don’t know what’s going to be. It’s too early. One game into the ACC, if you think all the hopes are shot, then you haven’t been around college football long enough to know there’s a lot of good teams and anything can happen any given weekend.”
When the players started practicing, they broke into some new (to me) individual drills that seemed to focus on tackling. The punt cover team was using large foam donuts, while the defensive backs were working on shedding blocks to get to the ballcarrier. Check out the sights and sounds from Pitt’s Tuesday practice.
Pitt players and coaches spoke with the media after practice on Tuesday. Hear from Renaldo Hill, Andre Powell, Qadree Ollison, Quadree Henderson, Avonte Maddox, Brian O’Neill.