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Projected post-training camp depth chart

Written by Sam Werner on .

There you have it ladies and gentlemen, Pitt's 2013 training camp is in the books. It seems like it started just yesterday, but now we're just more than a week away from the season opener against Florida State. Pitt scrimmaged today for the final practice of training camp, but it wasn't as formal as the last scrimmage they did. They really did tun many ones vs. ones drills, it was mostly first-team offense versus second-team defense or vice versa, with a lot of guys mixing in with both units. Let's get to a few notes, and then I'll try to piece together my best guess at a post-camp depth chart.

- Running back Isaac Bennett was once again present with no brace on his leg, but did not take part in any of the team drills. As most of you have seen by now, freshman James Conner got banged up during one of the drills today and hurt his shoulder, but he has since tweeted that it's good. He got most of the first team work, as usual, during the scrimmage today, with Rachid Ibrahim and Malcolm Crockett mixing in.
Ibrahim is working his way into the group of freshmen that could see the field this year. He had a nice 35-yard reception on a screen pass from Tom Savage during the scrimmage today and has shown good bursts during camp. He's still a little smaller than you'd like, but I wouldn't be surprised if the coaches found a role for him this fall.

- Speaking of Savage, he actually got a little more work today than we've seen the past few practices. He worked in mostly regular rotations with the first team today, and definitely seems to have progressed as far as his timing and comfort goes.
"I think I got enough reps and now we're just going to go prepare for Florida State," Savage said. "I'm ready for it."

- Freshman receiver Tyler Boyd has also progressed nicely. A lot of times freshman receivers are limited to being speed guys on the outside, but Boyd has shown a nice ability to run a variety of routes and has made some nice catches over the middle.

- Freshman fullback Jaymar Parrish had a nice one-yard touchdown catch today on a play where linebacker Todd Thomas was draped all over him.

- Redshirt freshman safety Jevonte Pitts had a nice play today where he intercepted a Savage pass intended for Devin Street. Pitts was hanging back and timed his jump on the route perfectly to get the interception and long runback.

- Freshman kicker Chris Blewitt once again sat out today's session with a boot on his right foot. In his absence, redshirt freshman Brad Lukasak was the first-team kicker. He was 2-for-3 in team drills on the day, making from 24 and 37 yards, and missing from 37 yards. Chryst said yesterday that Blewitt will be fine, but I'll keep an eye on his participation over the next week.

Alright, let's take a look at what my projected depth chart would look like right now (injured players in italics)...

QUARTERBACK
Tom Savage, RS Sr.
Chad Voytik, RS Fr.
Trey Anderson, Jr.

DEFENSIVE END
David Durham, RS Jr.
Ejuan Price, RS So.
Shakir Soto, Fr.
RUNNING BACK
Isaac Bennett, Jr.
James Conner, Fr.
Malcolm Crockett, RS So. OR
Rachid Ibrahim, Fr.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
Aaron Donald, Sr.
Darryl Render, So.
WIDE RECEIVER
Devin Street, RS Sr.
Ed Tinker, RS Sr.
Chris Wuestner, RS Fr.
NOSE TACKLE
Tyrone Ezell, RS Sr.
Tyrique Jarrett, Fr.
WIDE RECEIVER
Tyler Boyd, Fr.
Kevin Weatherspoon, RS Jr.
DEFENSIVE END
Bryan Murphy, RS Jr.
LaQuentin Smith, Jr.
TIGHT END
JP Holtz, So.
Scott Orndoff, Fr.
WILL LINEBACKER
Anthony Gonzalez, RS Jr.
Todd Thomas, RS Jr.

H-BACK
Manasseh Garner, RS Jr.
Jaymar Parrish, Fr.

MIKE LINEBACKER
Shane Gordon, RS Sr.
Mike Caprara, RS Fr. OR
Matt Galambos, Fr.
LEFT TACKLE
Adam Bisnowaty, RS Fr.
Juantez Hollins, RS Sr.
SAM LINEBACKER
Bam Bradley, RS Fr.
Nicholas Grigsby, RS So.
LEFT GUARD
Cory King, RS Sr.
Ryan Schlieper, RS Sr.
CORNERBACK
K'Waun Williams, Sr.
Trenton Coles, RS Fr.
CENTER
Gabe Roberts, RS Fr. OR
Artie Rowell, RS So.
STRONG SAFETY
Jason Hendricks, RS Sr.
Cullen Christian, RS Jr.
RIGHT GUARD
Matt Rotheram, RS Jr.
Carson Baker, Fr.
FREE SAFETY
Ray Vinopal, RS Jr.
Terrish Webb, Fr.
RIGHT TACKLE
TJ Clemmings, RS Jr.
Dorian Johnson, Fr.
CORNERBACK
Lafayette Pitts, RS So.
Titus Howard, Fr.
Jahmahl Pardner, RS Fr.
   
KICKER
Chris Blewitt, Fr.
Brad Lukasak, RS Fr.
PUNTER
Matt Yoklic, RS Sr.
Ryan Winslow, Fr.

A few thoughts on that...

- I separated the tight end and H-back spot to give a little clarity. All four of those guys could be listed as "tight ends," but the things Garner and Parrish do are much different from what Holtz and Orndoff do. I also didn't include a fullback spot because, quite frankly, we haven't seen a ton of fullback usage in camp. When they do use a true fullback, though, redshirt junior Mark Giubilato is the guy.

- It's a pretty fluid depth chart, especially on defense. Guys usually mix in and out of the first and second team, but this is basically what we saw today. One question still up in the air is who the nickelback is going to be off the bench. I think Coles, Howard and Pardner are all candidates.

- The offensive line is fairly fluid as well. I think they'd ideally like to keep Johnson and definitely Baker out this season if possible. Schlieper is a swing guard and Hollins is a swing tackle, so they're really second on the depth chart on both sides of their respective positions. Those two, along with whoever doesn't win the starting center job, gives Pitt three reserve offensive linemen that could allow them to redshirt Johnson this year.

- The only real "position battle" left without a clear starter is the center position, where both Rowell and Roberts have mixed in over the last few practices. I still think that's up in the air and we may not know until late next week who is going to be the starter against Florida State.

- Todd Thomas is still on the second team as he works to get back in the coaches' good graces after quitting the team for a week earlier in training camp. Ultimately, he's too talented to keep off the field for long, so it's really a matter of when not if he makes it back to the first team. When he does, it'll be interesting to see how they line up because Thomas, Gordon and Gonzalez are probably Pitt's best three linebackers right now, but Thomas and Gonzalez are stacked at the Will position. Maybe they'll move Gonzalez back to the Sam (where he played last year) once Thomas is back with the first unit.

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