Pitt coach Graham tries to keep things clean

Jerry DiPaola
| Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

Pitt coach Todd Graham stopped practice Wednesday to admonish his players for using profanity.

"If I hear the F-word one more time, you are going to go to the sideline and run for the rest of practice," he said. "That doesn't do you any good. That doesn't speak well of your character."

After that, the harshest sound heard was the occasional train rumbling through the South Side.

In his first training camp, Graham has insisted on focus and discipline — even to the point of banning players from Twitter during camp.

» Sophomore linebacker Dan Mason, recovering from a right knee injury that put his career in jeopardy, burst through a hole in the backup offensive line to tackle freshman running back Cory Davis. The play earned Mason a high-five from defensive coordinator Keith Patterson, who immediately sent him to the sideline to protect the knee.

» Graham wasn't especially happy about practice Wednesday, the first day players wore shoulder pads. He called his team "a little sluggish, a little tentative," and graded the intensity at 80 percent. "That will get you about eight wins," he said. "We have to pick it up."

» Graham said starting receiver Devin Street needs to be more consistent.

"I challenged Devin," he said. "He can be one of the prolific (receivers) in the country, but you have to bring it every day. Our system is a timing system. If you don't run full speed on every route, it throws the timing off."

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