Pitt notebook: Pitt receiver, Florida State defensive back exchange mild barbs
Pitt wide receiver Devin Street did not appear to be insulted by remarks made by Florida State safety Karlos Williams, who told the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat: “He's not a great receiver, but he's a productive guy.”
Street pointed out, however, a few deficiencies in Florida State's game in a bit of mild back-and-forth trash talk Thursday.
“Anyone is entitled to their own opinion,” Street said. “Karlos, just from watching film, he's a great player. I just have to go out there and play my game and show how productive I am on Monday night.”
Street said the Florida State defensive backs are fast and physical, but he added, “Sometimes, they get lost in coverage. They have holes in their defense. They are a great team, but it's football.” He also pointed out that FSU cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, one of the best players at his position in the ACC, isn't perfect.
“Just from watching film, I think we can attack him in different ways,” he said. “Sometimes at corner, you have to be patient. I see he is a little aggressive, but he's a great player.”
• After weeks of video study, Street said Florida State looks like a different team than the 2012 version that had 11 players drafted by the NFL, three in the first round. “They are defending ACC champions,” Street said. “Watching on film, I don't think they are the same team as last year. I think they are great, but if we go out there and play our game, we'll be OK.”
• Street wasn't especially pleased with how his teammates practiced Thursday, especially at the outset. “We didn't come out how we wanted to, but that's what practice is for,” he said. “We're going to come out (Friday) and prepare a little bit better and get after it.”
• Running back Isaac Bennett continued to make progress in his recovery from a knee injury, and coach Paul Chryst indicated he may play Monday. Asked if Bennett would play if the game were Friday, Chryst said, “Yes.” He added that Bennett did not regress Thursday after receiving a bigger workload Wednesday. “That's the biggest thing you're concerned about,” the coach said.
• ACC commissioner John Swofford, who will be in town for the game and participate in the coin toss with the presidents and athletic directors from both schools, admitted this is a big weekend for his conference, with six schools playing prominent opponents. “I don't think one weekend makes a season,” he said, “whether we were to win all the games or not. On the other hand, our conference, football-wise, (is) playing collectively the strongest nonconference schedule in the country. What that means is it gives our teams and our conference opportunities that we need to take advantage of as we develop this league and its current and future membership.”
• A total of 2,013 footballs commemorationg Pitt's debut season in the ACC are on sale for $99 at Nikcosports.com or by calling 800-245-2868. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia.