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Pitt coach rewards backup with scholarship

Pitt backup quarterback Trey Anderson is no longer a walk-on.

Coach Todd Graham on Thursday said Anderson, a freshman from Pearland, Texas, was given a scholarship this week. The coach may reward another walk-on before Saturday's opener against Buffalo.

Anderson, who almost went to Tyler (Texas) Junior College, has fared well in camp and will be the first quarterback off the bench Saturday. Graham said he considers walk-ons an important part of his program.

"One of the big things we want to do is build our walk-on program," he said. "At Tulsa, every year, we gave two scholarships to walk-ons."

» Graham talks repeatedly about meeting boosters at dinners and other functions. He finds time for such things after practice because he gets to work by 5 a.m. Nonetheless, he loves speaking to crowds or merely chatting with people one-on-one, and his message is always the same: Pitt won't run from expectations.

One booster told him, "Coach, you may have to win 11 or 12 games to satisfy the fans." His response: "Good." Another said, "Coach, you are really putting yourself out there." Replied Graham: "So what• I knew that when I took the job."

» The only player from the two-deep depth chart who may not play Saturday because of injury is wide receiver Ed Tinker (undisclosed). Graham said linebacker Dan Mason (knee) is several weeks away from even thinking about playing.

» Pitt officials said season-ticket sales are ahead of last year's total of 49,000. That should translate into a crowd well in excess of 50,000 on Saturday.

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