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Sights and Sounds: Pitt Heads Outside for the First Time This Spring



PITTSBURGH — There were a couple of firsts for Pitt football Tuesday.

Pitt was outdoors and the defense wore blue jerseys — both for the first time this spring. You know what that means? The defense won the scrimmage Saturday.

We’ll have to wait and see who truly stood out from Saturday since the media wasn’t invited to Saturday’s session, but Pat Narduzzi will likely speak later today. And we got to watch a few drills.

Tiquan Underwood is eternally energetic, even when he’s wearing a baklava that covers everything but his eyes. He’s a passionate, hands-on kind of coach, and it’s real easy to see why players and recruits gravitate toward him.

I expect his wide receivers’ room to be much improved this season, the second season in Frank Cignetti Jr.’s offense. It’s a big, comprehensive offense that takes time to learn, and with a new, better-fitting quarterback, the only way is up.

The trio of Konata Mumpfield, Bub Means and Daejon Reynolds has separated from the pack. That’s your starting trio if the season started today.

Reynolds has been praised by the staff and his teammates alike, mostly for his sure-handedness and competitive edge, and he looks comfortable in practice. He could end up as a really solid possession receiver.

Nothing new on the quarterbacks front aside from the fact that both Phil Jurkovec and Christian Veilleux continue to look good in the drills available to the media.

They’re throwing on air, truly on air with the first outdoor practice, and it’s not like Pitt is going to show either doing too much. But both look mobile, and both look good throwing the football.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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