August 22, 2007

No Kinder, No Problem

The loss of Derek Kinder, less than two weeks ago, figured to have a big impact on Pitt's offense. Their first-team All-Big East receiver gone for the year, it's not as if the Panther had another proven offensive weapon, not to mention having to break in a new starting quarterback. What the team has found, through camp, is that while Kinder's loss hurts, they have more than enough capable bodies to step in and fill in for his absence.

"We have enough talent there to be a very good receiving corps," Head Coach Dave Wannstedt said. Marcel Pestano has had a very good camp. Oderick Turner is better, T.J. Porter is better. Cedric McGee is an unknown guy nobody talks about, but he's as trustworthy a player as we have on this team. We have a good group. Then you throw in the two young kids."

Those two young kids have made Wannstedt's choice a difficult one, whether or not to redshirt them. After practice on Tuesday, Wannstedt said at least six true freshmen would play a significant role on the depth chart. He didn't specify which ones, but he has to be including Moe Williams and Aundre Wright. Williams has transitioned well from playing quarterback in high school. Wright may be the fastest player on the entire team. The position is deep, but the question is, how do you get all these guys the ball?

"We are just trying to find a group to put on the field, that we can consistently do our assignment, whether it's making plays with the ball in our hands, or making plays without the ball," receivers coach Aubrey Hill said. "The first thing I talk about is competition within the group. We'll find out 'this guy is working so hard, we have to give him the ball.' Now, we have to be able to pinpoint which guys do things well."

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