March 16, 2007

Spring practice preview: Offense

Yesterday, looked at the Pitt football team's defense and the questions that unit will face once spring practice starts on Saturday. The defense will have to replace starters in a number of positions, including all three linebacker spots and Darrelle Revis' vacated cornerback spot.

Today, looks at the other side of the ball, where the questions are fewer but are probably just as important.

First and foremost, the Pitt coaching staff will need to find a replacement for quarterback Tyler Palko. The two most primary candidates will be upperclassmen Bill Stull and Kevan Smith. Stull will be a junior in the fall and has seen limited garbage time in blowouts. Smith will be a redshirt freshman, and he has made something of a name for himself by being recognized as the offensive scout team player of the year.

Stull and Smith were supposed to have a third competitor in spring practice, but incoming freshman Pat Bostick's plans to enroll at Pitt in January fell through, so he won't be a part of the mix until this summer. As such, the spring storyline will be Stull versus Smith.

That being said, it's unlikely that anything will be set in stone before training camp opens in August. Still, it will be a position battle worth watching, if for no other reason than it could be the only true position battle on the offensive side of the ball this spring.

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