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Sights and Sounds From Pitt’s First Spring Practice of 2023



PITTSBURGH — Football has officially resumed on the South Side.

Pitt football hit the indoor practice field at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex Tuesday morning, kicking off the spring football season with a lovely opening practice session.

New quarterbacks Phil Jurkovec and Christian Veilleux threw their first official passes as Pitt quarterbacks, kicking off yet another quarterback competition, and the offense and defense began preparation for the spring game next month.

There will be 15 spring practices, concluding with the Blue-Gold Spring Game on April 15 at Acrisure Stadium, and it’s the first chance to get a sneak peek at how Pitt might look in the fall.

With vacated spots to fill across the roster, it will be intriguing to follow the progress made at positions like wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and safety throughout the spring.

There was a bit of rust on the South Side Tuesday morning, but that will quickly be shaken off — Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt coaches will make sure of that.

Jurkovec and Veilleux both looked solid throwing against the air Tuesday, and the ability to build rapport with the likes of Konata Mumpfield, Bub Means, Daejon Reynolds and the younger wide receivers on the roster will be important, especially considering the connection between quarterbacks and receivers wasn’t always clicking last season.

Lamar Seymore is a young wide receiver, an early enrollee, to be monitored this spring.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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