Pitt Football: Spring Practice Storylines That Matter

    Pitt football spring practice is here. Here are the storylines that matter for the Panthers - what’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 7, 2016

    Pitt football spring practice is here. Here are the storylines that matter for the Panthers – what’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.


    Ground floor down, Pitt football hopes to add a new level under Pat Narduzzi …

    Even with back-to-back losses to end the season, Narduzzi spun a solid debut as a head coach by winning eight games and finishing second in the Coastal Division. On a less tangible measurement, he’s helped bring an identity and some stability to a Pitt football program that was searching for both. And he did it without Pitt’s best player, RB James Conner, who tore his MCL in the opener and is now trying to battle back from Hodgkin lymphoma. A second spring affords Narduzzi a chance to plant deeper philosophical roots with his Panthers.

    No One Is Worried About … 

    The O line. The Panthers are set for a quantum leap in the trenches, even as veteran C Artie Rowell is being replaced. Four starters return, including all-stars Adam Bisnowaty and Dorian Johnson. The unit is big and assertive, encouraging news for Conner and Qadree Ollison, who came off the bench to run for 1,121 yards as a rookie.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given To … 

    While the Panthers did well to amass 36 sacks a year ago, nearly one-third of the production came from a single player, Pitt will spend a part of the offseason searching for an edge guy or two who can help out DE Ejuan Price to make quarterbacks rush their decisions.

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