The tight end position at Pitt is something that’s been a topic of conversation for the last two years.
The team has had problems recruiting the position combined with players de-committing and transferring. Due to these circumstances, Pat Narduzzi has been forced to turn to transfers like Matt Flanagan, Will Gragg and Nakia Griffin-Stewart.
The only two tight ends on Pitt’s 2019 roster that originally signed with them are Grant Carrigan and Jason Collier, who’s someone that might get eventually get converted to offensive tackle.
Carrigan (6’7”, 280) is a redshirt sophomore from Pine-Richland High School and he started camp running with Pitt’s first-team. However, Carrigan realizes that this is a battle with Griffin-Stewart and Gragg for that starting spot on opening night vs. Virginia.
The biggest complaint from fans about 2018 was the invisibility of the tight ends in the passing game but that is likely changing under Mark Whipple’s new offense.
”It’s completely different from last year,” said Carrigan. “Coach Whipple has us very incorporated both run and pass. I’m very comfortable. We’ve been installing a lot of stuff but it’s been easy and a lot of stuff from the spring time and summer. It’s nothing too much and we’re all very comfortable with the offense.”
“There’s always some adjustments (adding new plays) just to keep us on our toes but at the end of the day we’re getting it done and it’s not too much for us.”
With camp winding down and the season starting in nine days, does Carrigan have an idea what the depth chart will look like?
“We’ve all been getting our reps, we’ve all been working together, we’ve all been making improvements and sticking together and trying to get better,” said Carrigan.
“Coach Whipple will use his personnel to fit everyone’s strengths. We all do something’s different but we can all do well in this offense.”