November 29, 2006

Wannstedt on the season

Barring an unexpected bowl invite, the Pitt football team's 2006 season has ended with a 6-6 record. Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt spoke on Wednesday about the season and the future; here are some quotes and notes from what Wannstedt had to say.

Some time to think for Revis

Most assumed that junior cornerback Darrelle Revis would likely enter the NFL draft following this season, and while his stats weren't all-world (39 tackles, 33 solo, four for loss, two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns, and four passes defended, as well as one punt return for a touchdown), his abilities were evident to anyone who followed the Panthers on a weekly basis.

Wannstedt said that, for now, there's no official word on Revis' decision.

"We talked when the season was over," Wannstedt said. "He's finishing his classes and getting ready for next year. I'm going to help him anyway I can in gathering information, as I would with any of these kids. And the NFL has a survey system for juniors, so he'll get an opinion from the NFL. Then he and I will sit down after the first of the year and see where it's at.

"But there aren't any hidden agendas here; we're all on the same page. He wants the best thing for him, we want the best thing for him, and it's healthy. I think he's a top player."

A former NFL coach, Wannstedt knows the draft process as well as anyone, and he doesn't intend to keep that knowledge to himself.

"We're going to go through the process, and that's what I ask of all these kids when they come here: let me help you through the process. And if the process says [to go to the NFL], and if you want to, and it's the right thing, you've got my blessing."

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