Pitt notebook: Injured RB Bennett showing signs of progress
Pitt running back Isaac Bennett carries for a long gain during the Blue-Gold spring game Saturday April 14, 2012 at Martorelli Stadium in Ross. Bennett missed his ninth consecutive day of practice with a knee injury Monday, but he switched to a less restrictive brace that he wore while watching practice.
Photo by Christopher Horner
• Pitt running back Isaac Bennett (knee) missed his ninth consecutive day of practice Monday, but he switched to a less restrictive brace that he wore while watching practice. The new device still covers his right leg, but it allows for more range of motion. CoachPaul Chryst did not speculate on Bennett's return, but he sounded encouraged. “He is starting to do some movement stuff,” Chryst said. “He has done some things, and each day — depending on how it responds — he can add a little more to it. And, so far, knock on wood, he's been progressing with it.”
• Sophomore Malcolm Crockett also took time off with a shoulder injury.
• Defensive tackle Aaron Donald sat out, although he was dressed. Chryst has kept a close eye on even minor injuries during camp, trying to save his players for a long season. He said Donald was “resting.”
• Redshirt freshman cornerback Trenton Coles returned to practice with the index and little fingers of his right hand taped together.
• Freshman fullback/H-backJaymar Parrish continues to impress coaches with his physicality. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Parrish put one of the most dominant hits of camp on cornerback Titus Howard, who is about 50 pounds lighter. “Me and Titus, we are boys,” Parrish said. “We were laughing at each other.” Parrish said he also has placed similar hits on linebackers that have caught the attention of coaches during video study. “They tell me, ‘Nice pop on the linebackers or great footwork.' But there are always things they tell me I have to improve on.” Parrish has been getting plenty of opportunities in practice. “I didn't think I was going to get this many,” he said.
• Play of the day: A completion that traveled about 65 yards in the air from quarterback Tom Savage to wide receiver Devin Street.
— Jerry DiPaola
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