PITTSBURGH – Pitt welcomed a fresh face at practice on Wednesday, as head coach Pat Narduzzi announced that Penn State graduate transfer and Central Catholic product John Petrishen has joined the program. Petrishen arrives with two years of eligibility.
Petrishen was with the defensive backs during practice on Wednesday, but he mostly observed as the rest of the secondary participated in individual drills. He enters a crowded safety group, but there is chance Petrishen may also work at the star linebacker spot. He will most likely contribute on special teams this season.
Pitt defensive backs worked on their tackling and high-pointing the ball during position drills on Wednesday. Petrishen spent the day watching and learning how things are done at his new home.
The Pitt quarterbacks and receivers continue to look in sync during training camp on the South Side. Quarterback Kenny Pickett is demonstrating chemistry with the first-team receivers, and the wideouts are showing strong hands and precise route running. Pitt’s passing game will be tested immediately, as the Panthers will take on Coastal favorite Virginia and their shutdown corner Bryce Hall. Hall had 24 passes defended last season and two interceptions.
Pitt enters the 2019 season having to replace four starters on the offensive line, with junior center Jimmy Morrissey being the lone returner. Wednesday’s practice may have provided our best look yet at what the starting unit could be come Aug. 31. Along with Morrissey at center, the rest of the first-team unit appeared to be graduate transfer Nolan Ulizio at right tackle, sophomore Gabe Houy at right guard, junior Bryce Hargrove at left guard and sophomore Carter Warren at left tackle.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
Here are the rest of the sights and sounds from the 17th day of Pitt training camp.