Pitt football notebook: Sunseri shining, but Chryst wants more from his QB

Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Getty Images
Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Getty Images
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Jerry DiPaola
| Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, 7:14 p.m.

Senior quarterback Tino Sunseri ranks seventh in completion percentage and eighth in passing efficiency in Division I FBS, but coach Paul Chryst still believes there's room for improvement.

“I really think we can get better at the position,” Chryst said. “I think he is making progress. I still think there are some very good plays he's making, and when we are struggling, there are things that are correctable.”

Sunseri has matched his touchdown total (10) from last season while throwing only two interceptions in 189 attempts. Over the 2010 and '11 seasons, he threw 20 interceptions.

“The more we get to know him and the more he gets comfortable with the offense, we will continue to make progress,” Chryst said. “It gives myself, (quarterbacks coach) Brooks (Bollinger) and (offensive coordinator) Joe Rudolph hope that we can continue to work and continue to get better and appreciate the way (Sunseri) goes about it.”

Sunseri's passing efficiency stands at 163.5, and he's completed 70.4 percent of his passes. West Virginia's Geno Smith leads in both categories at 180.8 and 75.2, respectively.

• Chyrst pointed out that Sunseri has been given a boost from his teammates, including wide receiver Devin Street, who has 39 receptions for 514 yards and three touchdowns. “No quarterback does it on his own,” Chryst said. Street also fits into that category of players having success but with room for improvement. “You want to push him because he has quite a bit of ability,” Chryst said.

• Chryst said long snapper Kevin Barthelemy, who has missed the past two games with a hand injury, will be out another week or two.

• Middle linebacker Shane Gordon, who hurt his shoulder against Syracuse and left the Louisville game with another undisclosed injury, remains questionable. “Talking to him, he felt like he was getting better from Saturday to Sunday, but I don't know where that will be.”

• Cornerback K'Waun Williams appeared to be hobbled when he was beaten for a 75-yard touchdown Saturday, but Chryst said Williams was well enough to be on the field. “We are not going to be put anybody out there that shouldn't be out there,” Chryst said. “I would hope not.”

• Pitt's game against Temple on Oct. 27 at Heinz Field will begin at noon and be televised by WTAE-TV and the Big East Network.

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