PITTSBURGH — The second period of every Pitt practice is called “focus.”
The team gathers in a huddle, with one leader speaking (or screaming) for a few moments, before the team breaks down the huddle with a P-I-T-T chant and finishes up with “ACC Champs” or “Beat Tech” or something like that.
This week, the message delivered in focus was — focus. The Panthers want their players to be present in the here and now and not concerned about the idea of going to an ACC Championship game, their first-place standing or anything like that.
“The focus has got to be on the preparation we need to do to win this football game, period,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said on Monday. “Nothing else matters. Those standings mean absolutely nothing. They really don’t. What are we going to do, stare at those, Google those all day, look at them on Twitter. If that’s our focus, you got a problem.”
STILL ON TOP
True freshman defensive tackle Devin Danielson, who made his Pitt debut against Virginia, is still practicing with the top group and seems a good bet to remain a part of the regular rotation going forward.
V’Lique Carter performed drills with the rest of the wide receivers on Tuesday, solidified his move to that position group as at least semi-permanent.
Perhaps just as notable, Carter was wearing his No. 19 practice jersey, but did not have a number on the back of his throwback athletic gold helmet. Stay tuned.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
They don’t call him Turbo Timmy for nothing. Pitt tight ends coach Tim Salem working through an up-tempo drill leads of Tuesday’s practice sights and sounds.