Pitt scrimmaged for the second time of the spring season, running 18 series and around 110 plays in their indoor facility Friday. Here are the relevant stats and a few notes...
Tom Savage: 5/18, 149 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Chad Voytik: 12/17, 110 yards, 1 TD
Isaac Bennett: 24 car, 103 yards
Malcolm Crockett: 4 car, 5 yards
Desmond Brown: 30 car, 141 yards, 2 TD
Chad Voytik: 6 car, 49 yards, 1 TD
Kevin Weatherspoon: 4 rec, 41 yards, 1 TD
Manasseh Garner: 3 rec, 66 yards
Devin Street: 2 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
Ronald Jones: 2 rec, 35 yards
Drew Carswell: 2 rec, 5 yards
Chris Wuestner: 2 rec, 2 yards, 1 TD
- Crockett banged up his leg on the first series, hence the small number of carries for him. Demitrious Davis was also banged up and sat out of practice. So Pitt was basically down to two running backs for the entire scrimmage. Brown definitely looked good and explosive in his chances, though.
- As you can tell from the stats, it was a rough day for the passing game, especially for Savage. Just looked like his timing and reads were a little bit off today. Voytik has looked really solid and improved the past two practices, and it will be interesting to see next week if he can continue it.
- The Panthers had a problem with five or six pre-snap penalties early in practice, but Pitt coach Paul Chryst didn't seem too upset by them afterwards. He just hoped the team would learn from it.
"That's alright," he said. "I like it. How do you deal with that adversity? A couple were on first down. You still have three downs, but you have to go earn it."
- Defensive coordinator Matt House said that the Panthers had 17 missed tackles in the first scrimmage last week. Linebacker Todd Thomas said he thought that improved today.
"We definitely got it down, but we still need to improve on everything – knowing the plays, tackling, and all the above," he said. "But we definitely need to improve on tackling."
- The started off doing first team vs. first team and second team vs. second team. The first-team offense was struggling a bit early, while the second-team offense was moving the ball very well. About midway through, the coaches switched things up and went first team offense vs. second team defense and vice versa. The first-team offense responded with an easy 65-yard touchdown bomb from Savage to Street, but the second-team offense was still able to put together a 25-yard touchdown drive against the first-team offense.
- Practice ended with a simulated overtime. The first-team offense failed to gain any yards against the first team defense, and Drake Greer had his 42-yard field goal blocked. The second team offense also struggled, but gained six yards and Brad Lukasak hit a 36-yard field goal to end practice.
- Chryst declined to answer questions about Rushel Shell's situation after practice.