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Pitt Practice Notebook, Sights and Sounds: March 12



PITTSBURGH — Pitt opened its 2018 spring practices on Monday at the Panthers’ South Side practice facility. It was the first time out for Pitt’s four new coaches and early enrollees.

The Panthers didn’t have a full contact practice, just wearing shorts and shoulder pads as they shook the rust off after the longest period of inactivity of Pat Narduzzi’s tenure. Pitt missed a bowl game in 2017 for the first time under Narduzzi, meaning the Panthers haven’t put on helmets and pads since Thanksgiving.

Here’s how the Panthers lined up on the first day:

QB Kenny Pickett
RB Darrin Hall
WR Rafael Araujo-Lopes
WR Aaron Mathews
WR Maurice Ffrench
TE Chris Clark
LT Jerry Drake
LG Bryce Hargrove
C Jimmy Morrissey
RG Mike Herndon
RT Alex Bookser

DE James Folston
DT Shane Roy
DT Amir Watts
DE Dewayne Hendrix
LB Elijah Zeise
LB Saleem Brightwell
LB Seun Idowu
CB Jason Pinnock
FS Damar Hamlin
BS Phil Campbell
CB Dane Jackson

There will be plenty of movement amongst the depth chart as spring ball goes on, let alone before the 2018 season starts, so that shouldn’t be seen as anything other than a snapshot of where the Panthers stand on Monday.

Of the newcomers, quarterback Ricky Town ran the second team offense and JUCO offensive lineman Chase Brown was the second-team left guard. Receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis fielded punts.

Tre Tipton and George Aston both worked out in full after missing most or all of the 2017 season with injuries.

Mike Herndon looks like he’ll start off on offense as the starting right guard. Redshirt freshman Carson Van Lynn is back on that side of the ball at tackle. All four tight ends are staying at that spot for now, with Clark and Tyler Sear working out with the first team and Grant Carrigan and Charles Reeves with the second unit.

On defense, Paris Ford has moved from safety to corner, Therran Coleman from corner to field safety and Jazzee Stocker from field corner to boundary corner. Last year’s freshman linebacker class has positions, with Kyle Nunn at Mike, Albert Tucker at money and Cam Bright at star.

Here’s my best guess at a Day 1 depth chart:

Here’s some of the sights and sounds of Pitt’s first spring practice of 2018.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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