Friends, we're almost at the end. Only one more training camp practice tomorrow, and then it's into game week for Pitt. WIth that, here are a few notes from today's practice.
- Running back Isaac Bennett ditched the brace he has been wearing for over a week now and took part in position drills with the running backs. He did not, however, participate in 11-on-11 drills, indicating that he's still not quite 100 percent back yet. That said, losing the brace is a good sign and it looks like he'll be ready to go against Florida State. We'll know that more concretely next week when we see his level of involvement in those practices.
"He's moving all right," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. "Certainly there's a lot he's got to keep doing, but it was good to get him back."
- Freshman kicker Chris Blewitt missed today's practice with a boot on his right foot, but Chryst seemed unconcerned when asked about it after practice (his exact words were "he's going to be fine"). With Blewitt out, redshirt freshman Brad Lukasak was the first guy in for both kickoffs and field goals. This is probably another case where they're being extra cautious with a guy they know is going to be the starter (Blewitt), but a freshman, especially one who's going to play, missing time during training camp is never a good thing.
- There has been a lot of rotation at the center spot between Gabe Roberts and Artie Rowell, and that's probably the most unsettled position battle at this point in camp. Chryst said he doesn't have a timetable for naming a starter, and I could see that one going down to the wire.
- Titus Howard had another nice day in practice, today breaking up a pass from Tom Savage to his former Clairton teammate Tyler Boyd. I still think it's unlikely both he and Terrish Webb play this year, but they're certainly closer than I would have thought at the beginning of training camp.
"I give them credit," Chryst said. "They've come in, they've got a great work ethic to them, obviously talented enough to earn those, but the moments aren't getting too big for them. We've just got to keep putting them in situations, keep forcing them to grow."
That's all for now. Apologies for the brief update today, but I've got some other stuff on my plate. Check back tomorrow for a wrap-up from the final practice of training camp.