By quarterbacks, I obviously really mean Tino Sunseri, but quarterbacks coach Brooks Bollinger talked with the media yesterday about the passing game.
- In terms of what Sunseri has improved in the last two games, Bollinger said the answer is quite simple.
"I think it’s just execution," Bollinger said. "Any time you play quarterback, whether it’s good or bad, it’s not just him. He is doing a nice job when we’ve moved the ball and done some nice things, but there’s a lot of guys around him doing nice things as well.
"A lot of times, when you’re the quarterback, you get too much credit when it’s good and too much blame when it’s bad. I think he’s done out and he’s done his job and he’s done it consistently when we’ve moved the ball well, and that’s what he needs to continue to do."
As I've said before, Sunseri usually bears the brunt of the heat from Pittsburgh fans when things aren't going well. Some of that is deserved -- he has certainly struggled at times -- but this season, Pitt fans have to be pleased with his performance. A lot of people were ready to write him off after the first two games, but the last two showed he's at least capable of having the breakout senior season Pitt fans were hoping for.
- Bollinger was asked if he could compare Sunseri's 5th-year senior season to his, 2002 at Wisconsin. Until that point in his Badgers career, Bollinger had been kind of up and down, but as a fifth-year senior, he threw for 1,758 yards and 14 touchdowns (with a 129.3 QB rating).
"I don’t really compare it," Bollinger said. "I think when I’m coaching him, I try and look at things through his eyes and try and understand it and see as good as I can the situation he’s in. I think having played the position, that helps. But I don’t compare or contrasted I was compared to where he’s at."
I'll have more on the passing game later this week, so be sure to look for that in the P-G. Now a few other notes...
- Aaron Donald has returned to practice this week after missing out last week to deal with a knee issue. As Chryst said at the time, all indications point to him being back and ready to go for Syracuse next weekend.
- I wrote in today's notebook about Paul Chryst's desire to cut down on penalties during this open week.
- I wrote earlier this week about freshman DL Darryl Render, who defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable praised the other day. Here's a link to that one.
Last, but not least, a friendly reminder that I'll be hosting an open-week edition of my weekly Pitt football chat, tomorrow at noon on post-gazette.com.