August 7, 2007

The same new approach

As Dave Wannstedt and his staff prepared for the 2006 training camp, Wannstedt's second as head coach at Pitt, they decided to take a different approach to the summer practices: rather than holding workout sessions based on the traditional model, the coaches opted to break up the first week of camp. Specifically, Wannstedt decided to split the team over the first week of camp, holding two practices a day, but with only half the team at each practice.

The split between practices generally followed the separation of experienced veterans and unproven underclassmen. The goal, Wannstedt reasoned, was to give the younger players an equal amount of reps in the first week so as to gain a better feel for what they were capable of.

It seems as if the coaching staff felt like the approach worked, because they're following the same schedule this year, too.

"We're going to do it very similar to last year," Wannstedt said on Monday during the team's Media Day gathering prior to the start of training camp 2007. "We're going to divide the team up and have a group go in the morning and have a group go in the afternoon. We'll probably have the older guys go on in the morning and the younger guys go later, and then we'll swap some guys back and forth."

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